As a homeowner, you want to make sure your house is a clean, inviting place to live. One of the most important things you can do to ensure this is to keep your home free of invasive insects and pests. Of course, calling in a professional service is a vital part of this process, but it is also important to do your part at home to prevent infestations.
Unfortunately, sometimes homeowners -- even those with the best of intentions -- make mistakes that make it more difficult to do just that. Here are three of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to pest control.
Treating the Symptoms, not the Cause
When you see bugs in your house, your first instinct is to grab bug spray and get rid of them. While that might solve the immediate problem, the real question is more important: “How and why did they get there in the first place?” Most bugs are in your house for a reason. Either they came in through open cracks, were following the smell of food or they hitched in on boxes or clothes. In any event, once there, bugs need food to flourish. If your house is easily accessible, and if bugs like what they find once they get inside, then you’re going to be dealing with them on a regular basis.
For many people, keeping up with the cleaning duties in a house is almost impossible. Sure, you might clean off the counters and throw away your trash, but unless you are regularly making sure that your house is thoroughly cleaned, you are creating an environment where bugs and pests can thrive. The average cockroach does not need much in the way of food and water to survive, and even the tiniest morsels can help sustain a colony. Of course, it’s impossible to clean every single spot in your house, but just remember that the cleaner it is, the less attractive it is for insects and critters.
Not Knowing the Enemy
Many homeowners are successful at getting rid of a current infestation, only to find it reappear shortly thereafter. This frequently happens because homeowners don’t understand the pests they are trying to exterminate. Roaches, for example, can often leave behind egg sacks that will hatch after a few weeks. You think you’ve taken care of the problem, but the next thing you know -- they’re back!
Of course, the biggest mistake you can make is not having professionals on your side. If you’d like to avoid these and other mistakes of pest control, contact us at My Exterminator today!