Pest Control -When to Call the Professionals
It’s not unusual to encounter the odd insect in your home, or to come across the odd spider. If you suffer from arachnophobia, encountering a spider can be an ordeal, but this does not mean that you need to call an exterminator. The situation is different if you are faced with a spider invasion, or if any pests have started to take over your home.
You may be tempted to try and get rid of the pests yourself, and DIY pest and termite control can result in success. Here are some methods you may want to try.
DIY Pest Control Methods for the Home
- Mix two tablespoons of liquid peppermint soap with one gallon of water. You can use this solution as a spray to get rid of bugs from the surfaces in your home.
- Mix an essential oil, such as citronella, with a grain based alcohol such as vodka; use the ratio of 2.5 teaspoons of essential oil to one cup of alcohol. The solution can be sprayed around your home, to keep pests at bay. Citronella is especially effective when dealing with mosquitoes. Geranium works well for dealing with flies, while lavender can help you get rid of ticks.
- Sprinkle coffee grounds around external doors and windows, to keep ants out of your property.
- Place saucers of beer on the floor to deter cockroaches.
If you try using your own methods to get rid of pests, and they are still around, it’s time to call the professionals.
How Professional Pest Control Can Help
Pest control professionals know what methods and products to use, to deal with pest problems effectively. They will call to your home, and take a look at the situation first hand. They will identify which pests are present and agree a plan of action with you. They should also identify any potential access points for pests, so that they can be filled in.
It’s important to note that it’s not just when you actually have a pest problem in your home that exterminators can help. They can also assist with preventing problems from happening in the first place. For instance, if you have a termite inspection carried out each year, you may be able to deal with any issues before they become a major problem, and expensive damage is caused. This is important, because termites can be notoriously difficult to spot. If you do not have inspections carried out, you may not even know they are there, until the structure of your property has been seriously damaged. If you live in an area where there is a high incidence of termites, you should have inspections carried out every six months.
If you are having problems dealing with a pest problem, or you want to prevent problems with pests, it’s a good idea to seek professional guidance. The experts are the best people to identify if there is a problem in the first place; they know what to look for. They also know the best practices, and products, to use to make sure that pests are eradicated as quickly and efficiently as possible.