It seems like pests never run out of ways to invade our houses, no matter how much effort we’ve put into keeping them off. They just won’t go away. Then we become apathetic until such time when these vermin carry out another heinous crime after days or weeks of hiding and plotting. After causing more problems, we again turn our attention to conquering them. After executing measures to get rid of them, they lay low for a while, and back again. They’re an awful bunch of attentions-seekers and trouble-makers. This cycle has to stop.
There are reasons why we’re not reaping the expected results of our labor in driving away these annoying critters and it’s mostly from our own errors and indecisions. Read on, and realize where you could be at fault.
Yes, you’re doing everything—but are you doing things right?
You are fiercely holding on to a can of pesticide ruthlessly spraying its content into almost all places possible. You’re carried away. Hold your grudges and carefully plan your moves. Just like how these creatures must be strategizing their attacks, you as a human being naturally gifted with logic must plan out your actions well.
Do you know what kind of pesticide you’re holding? Do you really need it? What chemical would kill a rat, possum, cockroach, or spider? Are you killing them or sending them away for good or only temporarily?
It’s not enough to hate your enemies; know them well too. This is how you successfully stop them from bugging you, your family, and your house.
You can’t change your habits and routines
Maybe one or two of your daily routines you thought are “okay” and “normal” have actually been keeping pests attracted to your home, especially to places you don’t want them to be in.
For instance, you’re fond of bringing food to your bedroom. Even if you do clean up after, scraps of food may remain, causing rats, ants, or cockroaches to rummage around the area. Do not leave or store leftover food anywhere; and never leave spoiled food hanging around for long, throw them right away in the proper place. Wash eating and cooking utensils right away after using, and regularly clean your kitchen. Never leave your kitchen or dining area messy, and always store food in the fridge or anywhere out of these creatures’ reach. Another is, leaving trash bins uncovered or letting trash stay in for long. You know pests love trash cans, so don’t let it linger inside your house, even at your lawn.
As much as possible, leave your outdoor footwear outside the house to keep dirt and moisture off your floor. Remove any stagnant water in or around your house to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away. Improper lighting, especially at night, also contributes to pest proliferation in your house.
There are lots of things you may be doing innocently that are making your home pest prevention efforts futile. Change your habits now, unless you really love inviting pests in.
You’re not leaving it to the experts
Some pest issues don’t get solved by a can of pesticide. You need help from the experts. Don’t try to do everything by yourself. In fact, there are things you just can’t do on your own.
1. Your biggest asset is probably your home. Termites can cause serious damage in a short time thus the devaluing of the property.
2. Termites can penetrate the brickwork of your home below ground level giving no clues to their presence. That is why it is important to have your termite inspections carried out with wall, floor and ceiling penetrating radar.
Hire an exterminator. Better yet, hire the right one. Look for a trusted pest control company that can give you the kind of pest prevention service you need. Maybe you’re worried of your termite-infested walls, or the cockroach population inside your home is really getting out of control. Then go get help from the experts on termite inspection and pest eradication. Why stress yourself out too much? Leave the burden to the ones who are willing and capable, and you’ll see the difference.
By Debra Wright
Debra Wright enjoys a multi-hyphenated identity. She is an online marketing specialist, writer, cat lover, and aspiring cupcake critic. Wright’s articles about Home Pest Control draws on her passion for learning and dedication to share her discoveries to others. Get updated on what she’s discovering now @debrawrites…