How To Deal With Pests

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Pest infestations can be health hazards and sources of incredible irritation. Therefore, it can be very useful to understand how to implement a variety of pest control methods.

Preventative Measures

Of course, the best way to deal with pests is to never get pests in the first place. There are several main ways you can prevent pest infestations. First, you'll want to seal your home against pests. Make sure that you don't have any cracks or openings in the walls and that your doors and windows are properly sealed. If pests don't have an easy way to get into your home, it is unlikely that they will create an entrance.

You'll also need to eliminate any potential pest food sources. This means that you should take great care to seal all of your food. Large containers of food, such as rice bags, make for easy targets for pests. Similarly, foods rich in sugar are very attractive to a wide variety of pests and will shine like a beacon.

Finally, you will need to ensure that conditions in and around your house are not conducive to the continued existence of pests. In the case of termites, don't let dead or rotting wood sit near your house. In the case of roaches, you will want to prevent moisture buildup, especially in warm, damp areas. 

Biological/Natural Agents

If you do have a pest problem, then your first response should be a biological or natural response. The general idea is to combat pests with their natural predators or species that otherwise prevent their survival. The main advantage of using biological agents is that you bypass the risks associated with chemical solutions, while still maintaining a high level of effectiveness.

Some insecticides are marketed as biological, which means that they might contain bacteria or other helpful biological agents that will combat your pest problem.

Traps

If you are dealing with ants, mice, or rats, then you might want to consider physical traps. There are a wide variety of traps available that can suit a number of tastes. For rodents, you can choose between traps that are chemical and physical (the traditional mouse trap). If you prefer not to kill any rodents, you can even opt for a nonlethal type of trap. These kind of traps will simply restrain the mouse until you can remove it from your house.

For more information, contact a professional pest control business to help you know how to best protect your home.


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