Finding pests, whether that’s rodents or insects, in your home can be highly distressing. Pests cause extensive damage wherever they go and are often carriers of deadly diseases. To help you in these trying times, we have put together our top tips for solving a pest problem.
Before we get stuck in, it’s vital to remember that pests are dangerous creatures, so please take care when approaching them.
Once you’ve spotted pests on your property, it’s essential to act fast. With the rapid rates that rodents breed, one pest can soon become a complete infestation, resulting in much more work.
Identify the Problem
It almost goes without saying, but you can’t solve a problem when you don’t know what the problem is. So your first job in tackling a pest problem is identifying the type of pest causing you trouble.
One of the easiest ways to identify a pest is to investigate its droppings. While it’s a rather gross activity, it’s a sure-fire way to determine which pest is in your home. While you may be thinking, “well, I’m not an expert in pest droppings”, a quick search online will answer your question in no time at all.
Just be sure to take care around droppings as they can spread diseases; make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a face covering and wash your hands thoroughly.
As well as droppings, different types of pests leave various clues that indicate their presence. For example, bed bugs leave you clues in the form of painful bites all over your skin!
Rodents, like mice and rats, will leave bite marks wherever they go. So look out for signs of nibbling around your home, particularly on your food packaging and wooden parts of your property like skirting boards or support beams.
Be observant and remain vigilant as pests don’t want to be found; they will do their best to avoid you.
Pest Control Products
When you’ve successfully identified the pest in your home, you can then begin to find the most suitable treatment methods. The best way to do this is to find a trusted pest control supplier, like 1env Pest Control Solutions and make sure they are licensed and sell products safe for at-home use.
Your supplier can then advise on the most suitable and effective control method. When doing so, it’s essential to consider your circumstances – for example, do you have young children or pets in the house? If so, you might want to steer clear of poisons to avoid any harm.
Once you’ve found the most appropriate method, make sure you give it time to work. If you use traps, make sure to check them regularly and research the laws surrounding pest control in your area.
Pest Proof Your Home
So, your hard work has paid off. You’ve successfully identified the pests causing you trouble, and your control method of choice was 100% effective, but what now?
Unfortunately, your work doesn’t end here. Once you’ve removed the pest infestation from your home, it’s time to pest-proof your property to prevent their return.
Take a good look around your home for any tiny holes, gaps or cracks. We recommend starting outside, as this is where pests will come from, and searching for any potential entry points.
If you’ve discovered any such damage to your property, then it’s time to get sealing! Unfortunately, when it comes to pests, standard tactics will not cut it. Rodents will chew their way through regular sealant and still access your property. So instead, opt for metal-based materials or those marketed as rodent proofing substances for long-term protection.
Keeping your home and exterior areas clean and tidy is also a great way to prevent a pest infestation. Clear away all rubbish, hoover up regularly, store your food away in sturdy containers and keep moisture levels to a minimum indoors to prevent attracting pests to your house.
By combining these steps, you should be able to deal with a pest infestation on your own – without relying on the services of a pest control professional. However, there is no shame in admitting defeat! Pest controllers are there to help; they have extensive knowledge and professional equipment to deal with the problem.