It is estimated that around 500,000 people in US need to visit ER each year due to insect bites and stings. In fact, more than 100 people lose their lives each year due to these insect stings. Termites are estimated to cost around $5 billion each year on damage repair and more than 40,000 people are bitten by rats each year that leads to various diseases such as salmonella, rat bite fever and others. Overall, it is important to keep the population of these pests in check to ensure that you remain safe and these pests do not result in damage to your property and your health.
It is also important to keep in mind that pests and rodents not only affect the health of your family members, employees, and customers but they can also do structural damage to the office or home. A pest outbreak is extremely difficult to control and therefore, it is recommended to hire the services of professionals to get rid of these pests.
While it is true that there are many DIY techniques that you can use to keep your home free of pests and rodents, experts recommend hiring the services of professional exterminator for controlling their population. One of the biggest problems with DIY pest control is that people are unable to find all of the sources of pests.
Also, some of the pest control products available in the market are too dangerous to be handled by untrained hands. Here are a few tips to control the population of pests inside your home or office.
Stop Feeding Them
More often than not, food that is left out, or bags full of food left open in the garage or laundry room, or kitchen is what attracts pests in the first place. Kitchen that is kept unclean at night attracts a lot of pests. It is important to keep the food in sealed packages or in the fridge to ensure that the pests do not have access to food.
It is also important to get rid of any crumbs, debris or grease from cracks and there shouldn’t be any opened food left out anywhere. Pet food is usually left out and it is one of the biggest causes of pest infestation. Eliminating their food is one of the best ways to keep the pests away from your home and office.
Keep Them Away from Water
Other than the food, the pests also need water to remain alive and to multiply. Some of the common places where these pests go to get water include air-conditioning units, hot water heaters, bath area, area under the sinks and other such places. Pests also thrive in the gutters that are not cleaned on a regular basis. One should try to keep all the areas as dry as possible to keep pests away.
Do Not Use Pesticides without Proper Knowledge
It is important to understand that there are different pesticides for different kinds of pests. Many people make the mistake of using a single pesticide for all types of pests and this usually results in more harm than benefits. Using a pesticide that is not directed at the particular pest is not only a waste of money but also a potential environmental hazard for the pets and family members.
Only Hire the Services of Licensed Exterminators
There are number of people who do these extermination services on the side but it is recommended to stay away from these people. You should hire people who’ve been trained in the correct use of these pesticides, and carry proper insurance and license.
Overall, there are a number of methods of pest control but you need to hire the services of right specialist to get rid of all kinds of pests. In addition to getting rid of the pests that are present in your home, they will also ensure that your house is safe from pests and rodents in the future.