Preventive Care for Insect Control

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You don’t have to wait until you see that creepy spider lurking in the corner of your ceiling, a pile of ants fighting over a crumb on your kitchen floor ,or a swarm of bees nesting in the side of your house to call an exterminator. Pest control can be accomplished through preventive care.

Be Proactive

One of the things you can do to prevent insects from infesting your home is to be proactive by sealing cracks and crevices in and around the home. This limits the number of ways they can get in and places they can hide when you do treat for them. Trim branches of trees that are hanging near or over the house. This keeps them from falling onto the roof or giving them easy access to your doors and windows. Repair worn out shingles and be sure to fill all of the openings around them since flying insects love nesting behind them. You should also remove any standing water in the home, which is virtually an open invitation for bugs.

Don’t Wait

Waiting until you have an insect, spider or rodent infestation to call an exterminator is a common mistake for homeowners. By that time, they have already found one or more ways into your home and created a safe haven. They might also have done damage to your home.

Taking Matters into Your Own Hands

Another common mistake that homeowners make when it comes to insect control is assuming that a can of the over-the-counter spray can fix everything. The problem with this line of thinking is that these chemicals can be harmful, they are not the most powerful chemicals on the market, and you need to know exactly what type of insects you have so you can apply the correct repellent. A pest control specialist can do a thorough check of your home and yard to determine what kinds of bugs you might attract. They can find ways that the bugs might get in and suggest a plan on how to prevent that from happening so you never have to deal with them.

Insects Infest Clean Homes Too

Another common assumption is that bugs and spiders are attracted to messy homes. Homeowners often think that by doing a thorough cleaning, they can get rid of their pest problem or by keeping the home clean, it will prevent the bugs from coming in in the first place. The truth is, however, even though they are attracted to food and water sources, even the cleanest of homes can get bugs. While vacuuming and disinfecting floors and counter tops can reduce the amount of crumbs for them to thrive on, it doesn’t ensure that they will never get in. Remember that insects can hide in the tiniest of spots. Even if you vacuum several times a day, they will find a spot to hide and come out to wander around during the night.

The best action plan for preventing insect infestations in your home is to call a trained professional who can walk you through the entire process and help seal off your home to make it unattractive to bugs, spiders, and flying insects.

 

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