Pest Control Methods
With the spring bringing warmer weather and sunshine, other creatures also start emerging. Spring is a time when pests like ants, fleas and even larger creature friends emerge from their winter nests and begin to pester your pets and invade your home.
In this post, we’ll look at some of the most common pest control methods and how you can safely and effectively get rids of pests around your home.
Identify Your Pests
If you start to notice the telltale signs of pests around your home – droppings, scratching sounds, itching pets or even the appearance of pests in your home, the first crucial step is to identify the problem you are dealing with correctly. Once you know what type of insect you’ve got, you can find the most effective way to deal with it safely.
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Insecticides are the most commonly used methods for getting rid of insects and other pests. They are chemical pesticides that are toxic and can be used in a solid, liquid or aerosol form. If not used correctly, they can be dangerous to people and pets and other plants or insects.
Some insecticides are simple to use, but you should always follow the instructions on the label and be sure to remove plants, pets, pet food and bedding and cover any exposed food.
There are insecticides designed for each specific type of insect, and it is crucial to follow the guidelines to safely remove pests.
For instance, if you are looking for a treatment for fleas or bed bugs, pest control or bed bugs Midland experts recommend thoroughly prepping your home by carefully vacuuming and cleaning your floors. You should also plan to be out of your home for a minimum of 6 hours if you have pets, have them handled by dog walkers in Etobicoke, and a minimum of 24 hours if you are pregnant or have any breathing issues.
- Keep the Area Clean
Keeping a clean home is a very effective way to deter pests. Many insects and animals are attracted to food scraps and a safe place to nest and breed. If you remove these attractions, chances are the pests will find other places to stay.
Be sure to clean all surfaces after eating and wipe up crumbs and spills. Don’t keep food scraps on countertops and place leftover food in sealed containers in the fridge. Place garbage in a sealed bag or container and take it out for removal regularly.
Also, make sure you clean hard to reach spots like under the oven or fridge regularly.
You should also be sure to check your home for cracks and holes and fix them right away to keep pests from entering in the first place.
- Biological Control
Biological control of pests relies on attracting or using natural predators to deter or get rid of pests. Many gardeners plant flowers and plants to attract helpful insects like ladybugs and praying mantises to help eliminate flies and aphids. Other pets like cats and dogs can help get rid of mice, squirrels and snakes.
- Organic Pest Control Methods
Organic pest control includes methods that do not rely on toxic chemicals to get rid of pests and rodents. The advantage of organic pest control is that it is not harmful to pets and humans and will not damage other plants. Some examples of organic pest control include oil spray, insecticidal soap that repels bugs, parasitic nematodes that eat insect larvae and floating row covers.
- Talk To An Expert
For wildlife issues, it is best to talk to an expert with the experience and expertise to safely deal with animals and keep them out of your home or yard. The habitat of many creatures such as raccoons and mice share space with humans. Leaside rat removal or wildlife removal experts understand how to trap or deter wildlife and can make recommendations to prevent them from coming back.
Pest control experts also understand the most effective methods for dealing with an insect infestation and know how to disrupt the breeding cycle, so they don’t come back. They can also safely apply treatments to get rid of the pests and not harm other pets or creatures.