Any home might house inhabitants who are not human. Dealing with periodic infestations of mice, rats, ants, cockroaches, or other pests is something most homeowners will have to do eventually. The trick is to provide a deterrent that makes the home inhospitable to these creatures without putting the home's regular residents at risk. With these tips, homeowners can evaluate the standard options for pest control and make a choice that will suit the pest and the extent of the problem.
Pest Prevention Techniques
One of the best ways to avoid dealing with insects or rodents is to keep them from entering the home in the first place. Homeowners should take two approaches to pest prevention. First, they should take care to seal air leaks and gaps around the home that make it easy for pests to invade. Second, they must avoid leaving easy sources of food and water, such as crumbs on the floor, standing water, or a damp wall. Shelf-stable food items should be sealed tightly in containers and placed in cupboards that have no openings at the back. Regular maintenance of the landscaping that surrounds the home's perimeter leaves fewer places for rodents to hide and burrow into the home.
Although repellents and pesticides may seem similar, they work quite differently. Pesticides poison insects or rodents. Repellents simply drive them away from the source. The most appropriate choice depends on the problem. Someone who has an existing infestation might use repellents to prevent issues in the future, but have to use pesticides to manage the current concern. Repellents often contain artificial chemicals to provide an invisible barrier to pests, but there are many natural or organic repellents, as well. Repellents vary heavily based on the type of pest and where it is likely to live.
For a full infestation, homeowners may consider using pesticides that will eliminate the existing nest or colony. As soon as people notice that they have termites, cockroaches, or mice, the problem is likely much larger than they expect. Quick action makes a significant difference. Pesticides may or may not provide any prevention against further infestation, and usually require more than one application to be effective. Although there are a few options that are considered safe to use around family members or pets, homeowners must take great care to follow the application instructions. These approaches can be harmful or even lethal if used inappropriately.
When to Call a Professional
Large or repeated infestations often call for professional guidance and not a DIY project. Although the waste or entrance points for the pests may be in plain sight, the colony is probably far from easy visibility. Hiring a professional may be the best way to identify the size and location of the infestation, carry out a plan to get rid of it, and ensure the rodents or insects do not return soon afterward. Professionals may use chemicals, fumigation, or heat treatment to kill the pests. As an added benefit, homeowners can have the reasonable certainty that the person conducting the work will be able to do so without compromising the safety of the home. Professional pest control services often feature a guarantee on the service and maintenance plans to prevent future infestations.
Eliminating a pest problem is a task that few Murfreesboro homeowners want to handle, but most will have to do over time. Formulating a plan to eliminate the infestation, periodically inspect the area, and prevent it from returning is the best long-term guarantee against the damage and inconvenience caused by insects and rodents.