More often than not, we all will experience receiving unwanted guests to our home. By an unwelcome guest, I do not refer to human beings.
Pests can be destructive. They can eat our crops down, eat our food, make our lives at home become miserable; in other words, their adverse effects are countless.
Therefore, as a person that values home, you have to take charge. Either you can call in a home pest control company, or you can do it yourself. However, most people do not do it the right way. The reason is that they lack the professional knowledge to do it.
What are some of the mistakes you should avoid?
1. Not wearing protective gear when spraying
Manufacturers usually advise people to wear protective attire when handling these chemicals. A simple spray can turn out dangerous on one’s skin or even cause asthmatic attacks to people with breathing problems.
Remember to consult the label on the container when doing DIY pest control or the user manual once you buy the pesticide from the shop. Manufacturers tell you what to do because they know the underlying chemicals used to make the pesticides. Therefore, do not assume that the aerosol is safe for use.
2. Placing traps in high traffic areas
Most people make the mistake of putting traps where pets and children can access which is a big no-no with
Additionally, for outdoor areas, ensure that you place them in a concealed spot where you nor your pets and children pass through regularly.
3. Not finding the underlying cause
Common pests like the wasps can intrude your home because of certain smells that come from bins and food storage areas. On the other hand, ants come in large colonies. They will find a good hiding ground beneath the surface.
Thus, spraying the ants and bees that you spot does not deal with the problem. Instead, look for their hideouts. For the ants, you can follow their tracks and spray from their habitat. For the case of bees, find those smells that attract them and eliminate them from your property. DIY pest control doesn’t have to be that tricky! Just think like a bug.
4. Eliminating bedbug-infested materials
Bed bugs commonly know how to hide in the dark corners in our furniture. Most of them will appear and feed on your blood during the night. For some who think that throwing away the infested cushion or mattress is the solution, you are wrong.
Bed bugs are, sort of, intelligent. They will find new hideouts, which is why it would be expensive to throw away and buy new ones. If you want to deal with them, treat them accurately, and wash everything that you think would house the pests.
5. Get enough bait
Most people are of the school of thought that if you fill the trap with many types of bait, then it increases your chances of getting the pest. Overloaded traps can cause immediate malfunctioning of the whole unit, which will make it easy for the rodent, for instance, to escape.
To deal with this, find the right bait for the animal. A good example is a small bite of cheese, meat, bacon, or peanut butter. As long as you place the trap at the right spot and with the right food, you will wake up the next morning with a catch.
If you think that DIY pest control is too much work for you, then you would better contact your nearest pest control expert. Ask your friends and family to recommend you to experts with the right experience.