According to some estimates, over $2 billion is spent annually in the U.S. to control or prevent termite infestations. Whether it’s termites, rodents, ants, or roaches, all pest infestations can be bothersome and costly, to say the least. But how can homeowners prevent their home from becoming the next target for an ant colony or litter of mice? There are actually a number of ways that homeowners can prevent infestations, and prevention starts with knowing what to do, as well as what not to do. Here are just a few critical mistakes to avoid if you want to keep your home free of any and all types of pest infestations.
It’s no secret that insects and other pests tend to make their homes in places that have enough food scraps and other resources to sustain the colony. Oftentimes, this means that a dirtier home or a home with excess food and debris out is more likely to become the target of an infestation than a clean home with food put away in sealed containers. Frequent vacuuming can help prevent this, as can keeping all food well-sealed and located in one designated area.
Not Determining Causation
If you start to notice that even a few critters have made their way into your home, it’s important to do all you can to try to determine the cause. Sealing gaps and cracks around your home can usually help to stop pests from entering, but sometimes, it isn’t quite that simple. And while killing and removing the pests you find in your home does work, it’s merely a temporary solution to a potentially long-term problem.
Not Seeking Professional Help
Finally, seeking out professional pest control services is always the best way to make sure your general household pest control needs are taken care of. Exterminators can help you locate the cause of the infestation, correct it, and them remove the infestation using methods that have a minimum effect on non-target organisms. Taking advantage of professional pest control services can save you serious time, frustration, and even money in the long run.
Ultimately, avoiding these mistakes is the key to keeping your home clean and pest free. For more information about pest control services, contact IPM today.