How to Handle Pest Problems the Right Way – Homeowner’s Guide


Residents and business owners alike realize that as part of the upkeep of their dwellings, consideration of pest control must be included. Whether in a dry region or wet one, hot climate or cold, no one has a guaranteed exemption from potential pest infestation, and this can range from the tiniest pests, such as fleas, to much larger ones, such as raccoons.

Many pests aren’t always quite as obvious as others, but they can be just as irritating and difficult to get rid of, which is why many will opt for a local pest control service or professional exterminator. After all, there’s nothing worse than waking up and finding painfully itchy bites on your body or critters that have eaten a portion of your morning cereal or worse, finding mouse or rat droppings in your kitchen.

Pests and Health Issues

Resident pests can be more than just a nuisance, they can prove to be extremely damaging to property and belongings, and in many cases, very dangerous to the health of family and pets. Even pests that aren’t typically thought to be dangerous, such as ants, can carry and transmit a wide range of viruses and bacteria. Just some of the types of known diseases carried by common household pests can include:

  • Hepatitis
  • Staphylococcus
  • Coliform
  • E. Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Clostridium

Pest Prevention

In many cases, there are certain preventive measures people can take themselves. In this case, the key to dealing with potential pests is to do it before infestation occurs. The best way to keep certain pests, such rodents, out of a dwelling is to keep them from getting inside. Keeping the environment clean and clutter-free can reduce infestation.

Often times there can be a number of entry points to doors, windows, exterior walls and rooftops. Pests can easily slip through unsealed windows, cracks and gaps between walls, floors and ceiling foundations. But sealing these areas can be a complex and difficult task and still won’t guarantee a critter-free environment, especially fleas and flying insects.

Household Pesticides

The most time tested way of pest control is to consult a local pest control service or exterminator, but since many people find this an option of last resorts, the next popular method is the use of over-the-counter pesticides, such as aerosol sprays, baits or powders. Though these insecticides are very convenient, exceptional caution should be taken when using them, as they can be equally harmful to children and pets.

Professional Pest Control Consultants

If a person is not confident in their ability to effectively treat the infested area, a pest control professional should be consulted. It’s important to deal with a licensed pest control company with a sound reputation. If a pest infestation is suspected, an exterminator will come to the location and assess the degree of the problem.

Different types of infestation require different methods for effective treatment, and a reputable specialist can ascertain whether their assistance is required and offer guidance on both the best treatment and prevention. Many local pest control companies offer warranties and guarantees of extra treatment free of cost if re-infestation occurs after the initial treatment.

Organic Pest Control Measures

Many companies offer organic alternatives, which is increasing in interest. These companies are well-versed at combating infestations with some of the latest and most effective organic alternatives. In most cases, their procedures are comparable to conventional exterminators, only the price the environment and those dwelling inside have to pay is dramatically reduced.

There’s nothing more of a nuisance than a rodent, bug or insect problem, whether indoors or outdoors. An infestation can be a serious issue not only to those dwelling inside the abode but to visitors and guests, and these issues can range from embarrassment to serious health risks. With a bit of due diligence, not only can infestations be effectively remedied but measures taken to prevent future issues.


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