Don’t Make These Pest Control Mistakes

Your home is neither safe nor healthy if you are living with pests.  It doesn’t matter how clean your home is or where it is located there will come a time where you will find ants, roaches or some other kind of pest that decided they wanted to become your roommate.  Getting rid of them is definitely a priority, pests bring diseases and can cause damage to your home.  Some pests are far easier than others to get rid of, but don’t make these pest control mistakes if you want to get rid of your infestation for good.

Don’t Buy Over the Counter Solutions

The first mistake that most homeowners make is trying to tackle the problem by themselves.  After finding mice, ants or some other type of pest your first instinct may be to head to the hardware store to find something that will kill them.  Most of the over the counter solutions will kill what’s in front of you but won’t eliminate the problem for good.  You can kill an ant or roach by spraying it, but it won’t do anything for the thousands of them living in the colony.  Get in touch with Cockroaches and ants reproduce at an alarming rate, you need to kill the larvae if you want to get rid of them for good.

Believing that You Got them All

Setting an ant trap or two may take care of the ants you can see, but there are more…there are always more.  Other pests like termites are notoriously hard to spot and you can have a huge colony living in your home without you realizing it.  Insects are constantly looking for a home that has plenty of food and water and just because you can’t see them anymore doesn’t mean they aren’t still there.  A good exterminator can find the nest and the infestation that you can’t see, that’s why you should call in the pros.  Here are some places that pests can hide.

Not Calling in an Exterminator

Your first stop shouldn’t be a hardware store but rather a phone call to an exterminator.  Even if you don’t end up using their services they are the best qualified to direct you on how to handle the problem and recommend a product that is effective.  Bear in mind that exterminators are licensed so make sure that whoever you call has the right credentials.  You want to make sure that you solve the problem once and for all!

5 Steps for Getting Rid of Cockroaches

There is nothing worse than finding out you have cockroaches in your house.  Getting rid of them can be time consuming not to mention expensive and there isn’t a more resilient creature on the planet.  If you want to get rid of these unwanted guests the first thing you need to do is identify the type of roach.  Chances are good that is the German cockroach, they are the most common type of roach found in the US.  They love water so the first thing you want to do is get rid of any potential water sources in your home.  Here are 5  steps for getting rid of cockroaches.

Find the Problem Areas

Trying to eliminate roaches before you find out where they are coming in or nesting will be an exercise in futility.  Start by searching your home with a flashlight to find where they are hanging out.  Look under the fridge and behind it, under your sink and in closets.  You can lay down some glue strips to determine where they are coming in and where you are catching the most of them.

Seal any Gaps with Caulk

While traps and pesticides will lower the number of roaches in your home, you need to stop them from coming into your home.  Stopping them from spreading is crucial to finally getting rid of them.  You can block some of their entry points using caulk.  Look for gaps between tiles, entry holes, crevices and walls and fill them in with caulk.  Around your windows or doors you can use some weather stripping.

Use Bait

One of the most effective killers of cockroaches is gel bait and you can use it cracks and crevices, around your baseboards and other areas where there are a lot of roaches.  There are also bait stations that can be used as well.  They attract roaches and then let them feed on poison, the roach brings the poison back to the nest to die.  Other roaches will eat the dead roach and also die from the poison.

Boric Acid

First if you have pets or children then you don’t want to even try this to get rid of your roaches, boric acid is dangerous.  While you will find it in tons of household products by itself it is very toxic to both humans and roaches.

Call in an Exterminator

Roaches are nothing if not resilient and getting rid of them on your own is difficult.  If you have tried on your own and you are still finding them in your home then you need to bring in the pros.  Most people don’t even try and get rid of roaches on their own they go straight to the exterminator and make sure they are gone for good.