Pests are nasty critters. They often roam around causing a mess, and they damage your home. The idea that a termite could be slowly breaking down the fabric of your house is petrifying. So if you're like most people, you want to reduce the impact of these pests and wipe them out completely. The root of the solution is early prevention; pests need to be controlled early before they spread around the home. You need to consider that there are a number of different pests, most of which require a different method of treatment. Mice, termites and cockroaches are often the most common pest criminals. But there are other nasty pests like bed bugs and spiders. This might make you feel uncomfortable, but rest assured that these tips will help keep you and your family protected.
1. Look for a safe chemical-free treatment
Many termite control treatments have a large amount of harmful chemicals, which may be damaging to your home let alone your health. These chemicals should be used as a last resort if the pest problems persist. Chemical free treatments, however, can be a good start, and here are two of the most effective options:
- Screens: Screens work by being placed over open crevices in walls, windows and vents. By doing this, you are preventing nasty pests such as rats and spiders from having access to your home.
- Silicone: Using a silicone form of caulk is great for covering up any damage or cracks that can invite smaller pests like cockroaches if not filled.
2. Your home environment
If your home is dirty it basically welcomes pests. It's not unlikely that some of your food and drinks end up on the floor. Pests such as ants will seek out any leftovers on the floor so it is important to clean up all the surfaces in your home.
Pet hair, after grooming, can also attract unwanted pests so it is important to vacuum any of the hair if you have pets in the home.
If you are unable to prevent the spread of pests through the chemical-free methods, the use of pesticides is the last resort. There are a number of less harmful chemicals which work wonders for your pest control problem. Dust boric acid is handy in both pest and termite treatment because it is not heavily toxic to humans. Dust boric acid is particularly great for termite control because it can be applied to open cracks to poison termites . Along with this, dust boric acid can also be applied to wooden surfaces in your home. The acid will blend into the wood and act as a poison for termites who try to eat through your wooden structures.
Pest treatment doesn't have to be complicated. The main thing is to be diligent and careful. These tips should have your home pest-free in no time.