Here at ePest Solutions our business is obviously selling products to help homeowners and business owners get rid of pests — from flies and fleas to mice, rats, and gophers. But we’re also in the business of providing general home pest control tips and advice to homeowners. So in this post we’ll talk about the most effective form of pest control: not getting the pests to begin with.
Step 1: Use an appropriate repellant. For many pests, including termites (probably the most worrisome of home pests), a chemical repellant, which forms a sort of protective barrier around your home, can be the most effective means of preventative home pest control. Repellant chemicals are those that the pests can sense and instinctively stay away from. They’re not particularly effective if your home has already been infested, but as a preventative measure they work well to tell potential house guests: no vacancy.
Step 2: Ensure that access points into your home are sealed well. If pests can’t get into your home, they can’t infest it. Of course, there will always be access points into your home, but you can fairly easily seal up many of those access points — and that will not only help keep pests out, but it will also help keep heated or cooled air in, which can dramatically lower your energy costs.
Ensure that all windows and doors seal completely. Ensure that your weather stripping around windows and doors is crack-free and fits well to create a tight seal. Also ensure that areas around the window and door frames, vents, and other potential access points are well-sealed with caulk.
Step 3: Remove debris from around the foundation of your home, and ensure that the areas around the house stay dry. Areas around the foundation of your house where water drains into the soil are common places for pests; you can put drainage pipes or even just some gravel around those areas to improve drainage. Another important part of home pest control is to eliminate piles of wood, thick shrubs, and other debris that can get and stay wet – remove them to create a clear, dry 6-foot or so perimeter around the foundation of your home. Finally, keep overhanging trees cut back (overhanging trees provide dark shadowy areas where rodents feel safe and protected – and can gain access to your roof).
Step 4: Take action to not bring pests home with you. For some pests, most notably bed bugs, they get into your home by hitchhiking a ride with you, on your clothes, in your luggage, or in furniture (including, but not only, mattresses). To ensure that you don’t bring home these nasty stowaways, when you get home from traveling, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Wash all of your clothes, even the ones you haven’t worn, in hot water, to remove any stowaway bed bugs. When you buy furniture, especially used furniture, inspect it very carefully (especially around seams) for signs of bed bugs. If you see signs, either don’t buy the furniture, or treat it for bed bugs before bringing it into your home.
Step 5: For rodent control, you need insect pest control. Rodents eat bugs. So one great way to eliminate the chances of a rodent problem is to not have a bug problem. Using insect repellant and the other home pest control methods described here to keep bugs at bay is an important strategy to prevent rodents.
Step 6: Eliminate the pests’ food supplies. But rodents don’t only eat bugs, and bugs of course eat lots of other things. By eliminating the pests’ food supplies, you eliminate the chances that pests will take up residence in your home. Keep all food in the pantry in well-sealed plastic containers, and put away all food immediately (don’t leave it sitting open on the counter or table). Clean up all spills right away, with an appropriate cleaner that truly removes the spill (ants, for example, can smell sugar from far away and will be attracted to a spill that’s not completely cleaned up). Keep garbage in a sealed, locking container made of durable plastic or metal.
From home pest control tips and advice to keep pests away, to all of the pest control supplies you need to drive them out, ePest Solutions is here for the do-it-yourself pest control homeowner.