Hiring professional pest control services is highly beneficial for any homeowner because controlling pests like rodents, spiders or termites on your own is difficult. At Sure Green Lawn Care, we have trained technicians who understand where to treat and how to handle infestations. If you’re thinking of hiring pest control professionals, consider these benefits.
When you send in pest control professionals to remove invaders from your home, they set up plans specific to your needs. They’ll take into consideration the size of your home, the level of infestation and how to prevent problems long-term. Furthermore, exterminators will continuously monitor your home for future problems and show you the treatment areas.
Paying a regular fee up front can cost several hundred dollars, but home repairs can cost thousands of dollars if termites or other insects go unnoticed. You may not know the signs of infestation or how to properly inspect for insects. Pest control companies know exactly what to look for.
Pest control professionals know how their products work and where to put them in and outside of a home. Many companies use products that are safer for the home and environment. Technicians know how to protect you and your family from products that could be dangerous.
Time and Flexibility
Many pest control companies are willing to work around your schedule. If you request a free inspection and price quote, most exterminators work flexible hours. Controlling pests is a long process and using the pest control products in a timely fashion is essential to protect your home. Pest control companies monitor and report every time they spray and know when to stop before the product no longer works.
Using the wrong type of extermination method will have negative consequences with many pests. Bees will swarm and mice can scatter, carrying diseases that can be deadly. Calling a professional means someone who knows how to deal with potential nests and the risks of treating them.
The hot weather is long gone and winter is on its way. You might think that when summer ends, so do pests, but think again. Your house is a warm, inviting place for pests like rodents and insects. It’s likely that you already take steps to prepare your home and landscape for cold weather, but as you winterize, take extra steps to pest-proof your home.
Eliminate the Habitat
Inspect your exterior to locate and remove potential pest and insect habitats. Insects typically hide in areas that offer moisture, food and shelter. The following steps can minimize best and insect invasions:
Clean out gutters and downspouts, as accumulated debris provides a habitat for insects.
Check downspouts to ensure that water is directed away from the house.
Get rid of any debris rest against or near the house, including rock or compost piles, old boards or bricks.
Store firewood outdoors and away from the house.
Pull mulch away from the house.
Store trash cans away from the house. Trash offers a food source to insects and other vermin. Always keep trash cans tightly closed.
Move plantings so they don’t direction touch the foundation. Prune tree limbs that overhang gutters or roof lines and trim shrubs that rub against a wall, porch or deck.
Remove autumn leaves that collection against any structures.
Replace traditional bulbs with yellow or sodium vapor lights.
Seal All Openings
If you see any openings on the exterior of your house, take steps to seal them immediately. This will not only keep insects and pests out, but it will keep heat in. Here are the steps you should take to seal openings:
Replace screens with storm windows. If you do have screens, make sure they fit tightly and don’t have holes or tears.
Check seals around doors and crawl space openings. Replace worn weather stripping.
Inspect basement windows and replace concrete if it’s chipped or broken.
Examine the foundation and seal any cracks with caulk or concrete. Stuff steel wool into holes.
Look at eaves and boards carefully. Damp wood is an invitation to insects, so replace any rotting wood.
Autumn is a popular time for mice to infest your home, since it provides shelter, warmth and food during the cooler months. Mice can quickly make themselves at home and start nesting if you don’t deal with them quickly. It’s critical to take immediate action.
Here are the best ways to get rid of mice:
Mousetraps are the first thing most people try when they discover mice because it’s a tried and true method. You should buy more than you think you need because you want to catch all the mice within the first few days of setting traps. Over the course of weeks, mice have time to breed and make a mess, so it’s best to try and get them all immediately.
You should place mousetraps near where the mice are living for best success. There are electronic mouse traps available, as well as humane traps that simply capture the mice instead of killing them. Check mousetraps twice a day if possible and remove the mice immediately after they are caught. This is important to avoid spreading bacteria. When you don’t see any droppings or evidence for several days, the mice have all been caught.
Bait and Poison
Using poison to get rid of mice is a controversial option, since many feel it’s cruel to the mouse. However, this is a personal decision. Mice carry diseases and can be a health hazard to you and your family. If you do choose poison to deal with mice, follow these precautions:
Always place mouse bait in sealed bait stations
Don’t place bait out in the open, it should be under cabinets or behind the refrigerator
Only use poison inside the home, never put in where a pet could eat it
Wear gloves when handling the bait
Store extra bait containers or poison in a safe location out of reach
You can get rid of mice naturally by using strong smells to drive mice away. Peppermint and moth balls are both known to be effective mouse deterrents. A cat or a rodent hunting dog like a terrier is also a good way to get rid of mice.
Call a Professional
If you have been trying to get rid of mice for more than a few weeks, the best solution is to hire an exterminator. Here are a few reasons why:
A professional mouse exterminator knows where mice like to hide. This will save you a lot of time in locating the source.
They are trained in evasive tactics mice use to escape traps and know the best baiting tricks.
They know how to find the areas where mice are getting in.
An exterminator will follow up and inspect your home o see if they successfully got rid of the mice. They can also replace traps, refill bait stations and adjust the plan as needed to get rid of the mice.
During autumn, wasps and flies start to go away, but the colder weather means an increased risk of other common household pests. Sealing gaps and holes in your home can keep pests out, but professional pest control is necessary to get rid of pests who have gotten inside.
These autumnal pests include:
Preventing Pests throughout the House
Here is a list of some common areas in your home that are vulnerable to pest problems, along with advice on preventing pests.
The attic is a great place for rodents like rats and mice to spend the winter. It gives them shelter, warmth and close proximity to your kitchen.
Replace damaged roof tiles
Fill cracks with roofing cement
Inspect roof space regularly
Keep attic tidy and clutter-free
Store items in plastic boxes, not cardboard
Pipes & Drains
There is more rain than sunshine during autumn, so it’s easy to notice problems with your gutters. Insects like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and a badly maintained downpipe is enticing to them.
Check downpipes regularly for leaks
Repair damage with gutter sealants
Check that drains are free flowing and remove obstructions
As you’re switching out your clothes for the season, you might notice holes in your clothing. This could mean you have a moth problem.
Moth Prevention Tips
Check clothes regularly for damage
Use sticky traps or moth killer strips
Wash clothes and store in sealed bags
Vacuum and clean wardrobes/closets regularly
Another problem during the colder months is bedbugs, something no one wants to deal with. If you’ve been on vacation or invested in any secondhand furniture, you should be especially wary of bedbugs.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips
Check all areas of your bed for blood, droppings or shed skin
Inspect your furniture and carpet
Wash the clothes you wore on vacation on a high-temperature setting
Wash bedding on a high-temperature setting
Thoroughly vacuum and clean your bedroom regularly
As the kitchen is a source of food, it is a common gathering place for both rodents and insects. Pests need food for survival just like us, so they gravitate towards this room the most.
Store food in air-tight containers
Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
Regularly empty the trash
Clear food debris off the floor
Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge