To avoid pest encounter all that can be done is to keep them away from your home. Imagine you have invited over guests and when you were having a nice dinner, enjoying the feast, suddenly you hear pounding and scurrying in your attic, and you can only try to avoid the situation, as if, there is nothing. When you looked in on, you were horrified to realize that thumping was not by few frisky mice but by a mob of roof rats. You make a call to pest control services to comfort the situation.
Someone quoted a personal incident when a tiny rat created an unexpected mess. When the person opened his closet he discovered a rat nesting in the quilt and blanket ripped apart into two halves. Professional pest management can be of great advantage.
- They are famed for providing specialized services employing cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art and in-trend methodologies.
- They are turning green and making more and more use of organic products to part away these animals form your home.
- If a need to opt for inorganic stuff occurs, they now exactly the amount of sprays and pesticides to be used that will not affect the residents, especially kids and pets, if any.
- They respect consumer awareness, and let them know of the route they will go about for evacuation.
- They render flexibility in their service and offer 24x7 assistance. They work around your schedule and pay frequent visits as per the requirement.
- They are capable of exterminating the potential attacks at early stages, so that the condition does not worsen.
These professionals are done with their bit, and now it’s time for us to do our homework. Professionals will not stay for long and will appear as and when needed. But we ought to realize our responsibility and follow some general tips to keep effect the long lasting.
Look for passages that serve as inlets
A presumed solid wall has tiny passages, where in from insects sneak through. Larger ones are the entrance for mice, rats and squirrels. Small passages under doors are enough in space to let a small rat in. Walk around your house and examine every square of it. Look through your garden & crawl under your deck. If there is a crack where pencil can easily slide into, it is large enough for a young mouse to squeeze itself and get in.
- Look for gaps around gas, plumbing and AC lines, phone and T.V. cables passing through the walls, in sidings, around trim and where sidings meet foundation.
- Replace tattered window screens and whether stripping as they provide entry points to bugs.
- Make sure that there is no space between floor and the doors, as rats may sneak in from there. Ensure that the rubber gasket under the garage door seals tightly with the floor.
- Locate small gaps or cracks in dark basements, garage and attic, which are revealed when a light ray peaks in from there.
- Make sure that dampers move freely. If they get stuck and left open, will welcome critters, like birds, rats, etc.
- Avoid debris stockpile, as they are nesting place for corn ants.
- Keep your chimneys and roofs covered, with chimney caps and roof vents.
You may observe several entry points in roofs, soffits and walls, which are the pass through for pests. These can be easily sealed and eliminated.
- For smaller one use acrylic latex caulk. It is good filler, inexpensive and easily applicable.
- For wider gaps use polyurethane caulk. Smoothen and paint it for a neat look. Make rags & mineral spirits readily available to clean up mischances.
- You can stuff the gaps with copper mesh first and then expanding foam. Do not seal the gap with just expanding foam as rodents can chomp them away.
- Standard full expansion foam is the best application for large and hollow cavity.
Loose moisture and clutter in and around your house
Small pests are attracted towards damp places and filth to survive, multiply and draw life-sustaining moisture.
- Prevent any sort of water logging around your house.
- Ensure proper drainage.
- Admit water to the lawn in a way that the soil absorbs it completely.
- Don’t let the soil collect on the window sill as it absorbs moisture.
- Keep damp wood and fire wood away from your home.
- Treat leakage, if any, in the crawlspace, basement, bathrooms, from water hose, pipelines, sinks, etc.
- Remove garbage, because pests use it as a shelter and to reproduce.
- Keep dust bins both indoors and outdoors covered.
- Dispose of old cardboard boxes.
- Keep your kitchen clean and edibles in storage, away from pest attraction.
Keep yourself educated about common pest and pest problem in your surroundings. You ought to make your efforts to keep your place pest and thus harm free.