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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control

Pest control is something that most people will need to do in their lifetimes. Pests exist everywhere, and whether you live in a suburban house, an apartment building, or a teepee, you are not immune to their assaults. As with everything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle pests. Here are some pest control techniques you should try, and some you should avoid.

What You Shouldn’t Do

First, let’s go over the things you shouldn’t do if you find pests in your home. For starters, if you’re using pesticides, do not spray random areas without thoroughly researching the proper uses of the chemical. This is especially important if you have small children or pets, as these chemicals can be extremely dangerous if it gets on their skin or in their mouths. Also, if you plan on getting rid of pesticides, don’t simply throw it in the trash. Be sure to dispose of the chemicals safely. If you’re using traps, make sure they’re not placed where you may accidentally step on them. Remember, if you’re not careful, pest control can be more dangerous for you than for the pests.

What You Should Do

Now for what you should do to get rid of the pests in your home. One thing you should do is get rid of any standing water sources and uncovered food items around the house. Pests need food as much as anyone else, so if your home is infested with them, make sure they don’t have anything to eat or drink. Also, seal any gaps or openings around your house which pests can use to get inside. Pests are small, and even a slight tear in your window screen can become an entry point.

Something else you should do is check your clothes and luggage thoroughly after you return from a trip to make sure you’re not unintentionally carrying unwanted bugs with you. Finally, remove any clutter around your house. This includes newspapers, magazines, boxes, shoes, clothes, toys, etc., anything that piles up around your home, as pests can use this clutter as a place to hide and reproduce. Do all this and pests will have a much harder time giving you trouble.

Many homeowners panic when they find pests in their house and are liable to make dangerous mistakes when trying to get rid of them. That’s why it’s important to find out exactly how to deal with your pest problem before you begin pest control. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Dayton's today.

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