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Ants, flies, mosquitoes, roaches, and other pests are incredibly invasive, and although they seem to easily find their way in, getting rid of them can be a challenge. One study finds that up to 84 percent of homeowners have or will experience a pest control problem, which often causes pest damage. Pests like these bugs, as well as rats, mice, and other rodents, can really cause a problem, and pest damage can quickly decrease the value of your home.
Luckily, there are a few pest control tips you can use to help reduce pest damage in your home. If you have a pest problem, try these tips to help eliminate the causes of pest damage and protect your home’s value:
The very first step to pest control is understanding what you are up against. That means you need to identify the type of pest in your home so that you can act accordingly. Some pests, like cockroaches and termites, may require heavy duty pest control methods. Other pests, like mosquitoes or junk bugs that invade our homes in the summer may be more easily controlled with an electric bug zapper. Once you know the type of pest you have, you can decide what type of pest control you need.
The next step would be to block the pest from entering your home. Once you’ve identified the type of pest, you’ll understand more about where they came from. For instance, pesky beetles and mosquitoes will generally fly in through an open window. Termites, however, usually come from the soil. In order to block these pests and reduce pest damage, you’ll need to ensure that you have proper weather stripping, window screens, and have completely closed off entry from the outside. You also shouldn’t frequently bring furniture, toys, or other things from outside to inside the house.
You should also try to determine what causes the pest control problem in your home. If you eliminate these causes, you may effectively eliminate the problem before you deal with pest damage. Potential causes of pest invasion include putting the garbage (especially meat) outside too late, having standing water around the house, bringing in old or dirty furniture, stacking firewood or having rotting wood in or near your home, or more. Just find out where the pests are coming from and eliminate the causes.
Once you know what type of pests you have, you may be able to eliminate them without chemicals. For airborne pests, you can try sticky traps, although a portable rechargeable mosquito zapper may be more efficient for all types of flying bugs. For other pests and rodents, sticky traps, mouse traps, and other store bought traps may work better.
If you still are having pest control problems after you eliminate the cause of pests, you may need professional assistance. Sometimes, you may need to reach out to a pest control company to schedule a praying. These professionals can easily identify the type of pest and effectively spray and kill them. Just note that you may not be able to be in your home while having it sprayed, and it may be safer to try non-chemical options first.