Get rid of food: store food in sealed packages or in the refrigerator; remove debris, crumbs and grease especially from cracks and crevices. Don’t forget pet food left outside or open bags left in the laundry room or garage. For a persistent pet food infestation, place the pet food bowl in a larger, shallower pan filled with water to create a natural barrier. Eliminating as much as possible removes the parasite’s food source.
Get rid of their water: Look for areas of excess moisture such as under sinks, shower / bathroom areas, water heaters, excessive watering on the outside perimeter and air conditioning units redirect or purge to remove the source of water parasite water. Gutters that contain decaying organic leaf matter should be cleaned regularly.
Get rid of their homes: Inspect storage areas inside and outside and place them away from the structure as firewood or put them in airtight plastic containers to eliminate pest refuge areas. Remember that this includes the garage and attic, especially if cardboard boxes are used. Plastic is recommended as cardboard is the perfect home as it can be a food source and “nursery” for pests.
Get rid of the branches and cut the plants too close to the structure. Keep the cut about 2 feet away to remove easy shift from the plant / tree to the entry points of the structure.
Get rid of entry points: Inspect the exterior of the structure and seal obvious entry points around electrical conduits, pipes, windows and doors. Foam sealant in cans is a quick and inexpensive solution. Removing the weather from windows and doors will not only keep pests away but will improve energy efficiency.
Get rid of over-the-counter pesticides if you don’t see results. Use pesticides wisely – understand how they work and why. Learn how to use them and what parasites they affect. Ineffective use of pesticides is not just a waste of money but an environmental risk to your family and pets. It is important to know how to use the pesticide, where it can be used, how much and how often to use it. Excessive application is as harmful as lesser application. Applying the wrong products to the wrong areas will only cause the pests to disperse and multiply.
Getting rid of the unlicensed applicators who “are doing it on the side”, the liability is ultimately not worth the savings, if any. The consumer has no recourse – what if the applicator is injured on your property? What if the wrong application of pesticides causes injury / damage to you, your neighbors or pets? Or worse still is applying pesticides that you can’t see incorrectly in your home? A licensed, insured, and state-regulated pest control provider must meet stringent criteria to obtain and maintain their licenses. This is to protect the consumer. Know your pest control provider and make sure they are actually licensed and insured by the state. Check if they belong to industry organizations and consumer protection organizations such as the Better Business Bureau.
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Purchase of over-the-counter sprays and self-treatment. Many grocery products simply don’t provide lasting benefits and ultimately cause more problems than they’re worth. If you currently have a pest control provider many times the spray you buy is a contact repellent that kills the pests you see but has no lasting residue and actually contaminates the professional products in place. The use of repellent sprays causes a phenomenon called “sprouting” with many species of ants. The workers are killed and do not return to the colony. The colony will then create more queens and they will “germinate” creating more colonies! Cockroach infestations may subside temporarily, but the larvae will hatch soon. Bed bug infestation sprays end up spreading the infestation as they will avoid the sprayed areas for a short time. Our suggestion would be that if you had an occasional weed invader spritz with window cleaning spray, the same result would be less expensive and definitely less toxic! Ongoing pest problems require professional treatment.
Start a pest control service while you see pests and stop when you don’t see pests. The parasites you don’t see haven’t necessarily disappeared – they’re under control. The parasite will remain in the environment and will always be in search of food, water and shelter. Simcoepest.ca