In any home, pests can easily make their way in and set up residence. Even the cleanest of homes can have pests if they have opportunities to flourish. Many pest problems are easy to avoid with some simple precautions, while others might take a bit more effort. Either way, a strategic plan can keep your home safe from most pests. If you’re dealing with pests in your home, these tips may help you get them under control before they spread and grow into a bigger problem. We hope that this article about pest management helps you identify whether or not you have any unwanted guests living in your home and provides advice on how to prevent them from coming back again!
Be on the lookout for signs of dangerous pests
Some pests are more problematic than others. If you see signs of any of these pests, pay special attention to keep them out of your home. - Ants- Ants are often a problem in warmer climates and can be difficult to control. If you have ants, find out what food source they’re after and take it away from them. You can also try putting down ant bait. - Bed bugs- Bed bugs are a pain to get rid of, and they’re notoriously difficult to detect. Look for signs of bed bugs, including small blood stains on your sheets and strange bites that don’t heal. If you think you might have bed bugs, call a professional immediately to avoid a full-blown infestation. - Bees- Bees are generally not dangerous, but it’s important to be careful around hives and nests. If you see a beehive, leave it alone. If you see a swarm of bees, go inside and call a professional to take care of it. - Carpenter ants- Carpenter ants are dangerous because they can cause extensive damage to your home. If you see signs of carpenter ants, it’s best to call a professional. - Cockroaches- Cockroaches are not only a nasty pest to deal with, but they can also cause health issues. This is especially true if you have a young family and live in a humid climate. Be careful when dealing with roaches, as they’re known to carry disease. - Fleas- Fleas are nasty pests, particularly around pets and children. Look for black specks (known as flea dirt) on your floors and furniture and watch for signs of fleas on your pets. If you have fleas, call a professional immediately. - Spiders- While not all spiders are dangerous, it’s best to be careful. If you see a small, black spider, it’s probably a harmless house spider. If you see a large brown spider, it’s probably a brown recluse spider that can cause significant damage and even death if it bites you. - Termites- Like carpenter ants, termites can cause extensive damage to your home if you’re not careful. Look for small piles of dirt around your house, small holes in the wood, or cracked or crumbly-looking areas on the walls.
Set up a pest prevention plan with Bullseye Pest Management
A pest prevention plan will help keep pests out of your home. You can do simple things, like keeping your garden free of debris where pests can live and avoid bringing in pests on food items. When pests do get inside, follow a pest control plan to keep them from getting out of control. - Seal off entry points- Check your home for cracks, holes, and other places where pests can get inside. Seal off entry points with caulk or other sealants. - Clean up food sources- Get rid of any food sources that might encourage pests to stay in your home. Keep your kitchen clean, take out the trash regularly, and keep pet food in a container. - Seal off food sources- If you have pests in your home, it may help to seal off areas where they’re likely to be living. This can make it easier to get rid of them. - Keep pests out of your garden- If you have a garden, pests can be a big problem. Keep pests out of your garden by planting in pots, planting pest-resistant plants, and keeping your garden free of debris. - Use pest traps- Pest traps can be helpful in getting rid of pests in your home. For mice, use snap traps. For cockroaches, use glue traps or sticky boards. - If you have a serious pest problem, Bullseye Pest Management can help you get rid of pests quickly and safely.
Identify and seal off entry points with Bullseye Pest Exclusion Work
If pests have already started getting into your home, Bullseye Pest Management can use exclusion work to seal off entry points. This can be effective even if you can’t identify the entry point; you may be able to hear or smell pests from inside the wall of your house. - Seal holes in walls- If you hear pests inside the walls, you can try to seal off the holes where they’re getting in. Use steel wool to seal holes smaller than 1/4 of an inch, and caulk for larger holes. - Seal holes in the floor- Pests like rats, squirrels, and snakes can also get inside your home underneath the floor. If you see holes or scurrying noises underneath the floor, seal them off with steel wool. - Seal gaps in the ceiling- You may be able to seal off pests in the ceiling by covering gaps around pipes. Use steel wool or caulk to seal off these holes. - Limit access to the roof- If you have pests such as squirrels or birds living on your roof, you can limit their access with simple barriers. - Seal off vents- Squirrels and rats can often get inside through vents. Seal off vents with steel wool or caulk.
Get rid of any existing pests with Bullseye Pest General Treatment
If you have pests in your home and don’t want to wait for an appointment to seal off all of the entry points, you can use general treatment to get rid of them for now. - Use sticky traps- Sticky traps can be helpful in catching smaller pests such as roaches, mice, and ants. They’re best used in conjunction with another treatment method. - Use poisons- You can use poisons to kill off pests, but they can be dangerous to pets and humans. Follow the instructions carefully, keep kids and pets away from the area, and call a professional if the pests don’t go away. - Sprinkle cedar shavings- Cedar shavings can help repel pests such as fleas and mice. Sprinkle cedar shavings in corners and other areas of your house where pests like to live.