HOW to Control Pests in Your Home

Pest Control

A pest infestation can be a health hazard and it can ruin your home. Make sure that any infestation of rats or insects is dealt with quickly and effectively to avoid the problem getting out of control. Also make sure that you clean your house regularly and avoid leaving food out to reduce the chances of encouraging rats and mice into your home.

How can I get rid of rats and mice?

There are a variety of traps, poisons and human traps on the market that can help you get rid of any rats or mice in the home. If you decide to use a trap make sure you buy the appropriate size depending on the size of the rodent and put it in strategic locations. Of course be extremely careful in a house with pets and small children. Poison can also be an effective way of killing intruding rats and mice, follow instructions and put down small doses in places where the rodent frequents, again, you should be particularly careful using poison in households where there are pets and children as it may not be appropriate. You should also consider than poison is slow to kill and therefore often considered inhuman. There are human traps on the market although you will need to release the rat or mouse far away from the property in order to be successful and they may not be suitable for a larger infestation. Be wary of electronic or chemical rat repellents, the success rate of these devices are dubious at best.

How can I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches like warm, humid areas and are likely to be attracted into the home if there is food on offer. Avoid a cockroach infestation by cleaning your house regularly, washing dishes promptly and always covering food and putting it away. Make your kitchen less cockroach friendly by filling in cracks and holes and reducing the places that they can hide. Because cockroaches like damp areas you could consider buying a dehumidifier for rooms that are damp and prone to cockroach or silverfish infestation. If cockroaches do enter the home you can use a synthetic or organic insecticide spray to kill them. Bay leaves or catnip scattered through the home is also a natural, cockroach deterrent.

How can I get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish feed on organic material and can cause extensive damage to books, fabrics and paper. They like dark, damp places and are often found in the bathroom where they feed off residues of shampoo and shower gel or beneath leaky roofs. The easiest way to get rid of silverfish is to remove the conditions that they like, dry out infested areas and address the long term issues of moisture build up in that room, that could involve fixing leaks or buying a dehumidifier or installing an extractor fan in badly ventilated bathrooms.

How can I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs don’t just live in beds, they can live in carpets, under wallpaper or in cracks in the wall, but mostly they are found living in mattresses. If you find red, itchy bites on your skin or small spots of blood on your sheets it could be a sign of bed bug infestation. If you do get bed bugs you will need to hire a professional, it is important to work quickly as they spread and are hard to get rid of.

How can I find a trustworthy Pest Control Company?

If you need to hire a professional pest controller you want to make sure that they do their job and permanently rid you of your pest-problem. Search around and use a company that comes highly recommended. Make sure that the professional that you hire has adequate training and certifications and is a member of a trade association. You should also find out if they have liability insurance to protect your property against any damage that they could cause and ask if they offer a warranty to their work.

There are some situations in which hiring a professional pest control company is unavoidable, in these times do your research to make sure that you get good value for money and to ensure that the job is done properly and well. The best solution to pest control is prevention, so clean your home regularly, don’t leave food lying around and identify areas that might attracts rats and insects before they enter your home.