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Pest Control Questions Answered

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There are few things that upset a homeowner more than evidence of pests, such as insects, rodents, or even reptiles. These bothersome creatures can not only damage your home and property, they may represent a danger to your family and pets.

Here are some of the most common questions about pest control, along with some guidance:

  • What are signs of a pest invasion?In some cases, you’ll know you have a pest problem because you see the pest in or around your home. In other cases, however, you may have to look more carefully. Typical indoor signs of pests include droppings, damage to walls, and evidence of pests nibbling at containers of food. Outdoor signs of pests include damage to garden plants and your home’s exterior. Clean up pet waste as soon as possible.
  • What is the best way to keep my home pest free?Do what you can to make your home unattractive to pests. Keep your lawn trimmed and your garden controlled. Address any standing water, which attracts bugs. Indoors, make sure to keep food in plastic or glass containers. Promptly clean up food spills and wash dishes right after meals. Reduce or eliminate clutter, such as stacked newspapers and magazines.
  • Should I buy traps or pesticides at the first sign of pests?Never ignore evidence of a pest invasion. If you delay, the problem may get worse and damage to your home can be severe. Depending on your situation, you may want to try preventative steps first, particularly if you can identify conditions that are attracting pests.Still, it may be a good idea to call an exterminator who can identify the problem, point out the scope of any damage, and recommend a course of action.
  • Are pesticides and traps dangerous?They can be. While there are non-toxic options available, they may not always be as effective. Many people also make the mistake of using too much pesticide, or mixing products, which can present dangers to both humans and pets, particularly those who are ill, very young, or elderly.
  • Is it OK to just dump leftover pesticides in the trash?Not always. Read container labels to learn how the manufacturer recommends you dispose of the product. Alternatively, you can find out whether your community offers hazardous waste disposal services that will accept products like pesticides and insecticides.A professional exterminator is a good resource when it comes to pest control issues. Not only are exterminators experts in different types of pests, and their removal, but pest control professionals also understand extermination safety procedures that can protect you and your family.