How can you control pests inside my home if you concentrate on outside areas?

We get asked that question from time to time. It’s easy to understand. When people see pests, they want them removed, and that means eliminating them—using traps or pesticides to get rid of them where they’ve been seen, which is usually in the home.

However, pests are animals, and they behave like animals. They walk in and out. That’s how they got in your home in the first place.

So eliminating pests you see in the house is only one part of a three-part strategy. The best pest prevention strategy must:

1) Eliminate environments or behaviors that allow pests a hospitable environment

2) seal entryways to your home

3) get rid of existing pests, both outside and inside

The United States government terms all three of these together “integrated pest management,” or IPM . Every responsible pest controller uses it, for the simple reason that without all three, you can eradicate pests within your home in one day, and have pests re-entering over the next few days.

Eliminate Environments or Behaviors

We will help you determine whether the environment needs changing, but in many cases, it does. Mosquitos, for example, are carriers of disease such as West Nile and Zika. They will breed if you have standing water near your home or within it. If a neighbor leaves containers out to catch rainfall, for example, believing that that is a water conservation strategy, the container must be checked to determine if the water has become stagnant. Areas in your home that may have standing water must be cleared of it.

A wood pile of yours or your neighbors might be breeding grounds for termites, as could mulch made of bark. These can be breeding places for some types of spiders as well. Garbage that is open or untended can attract rodents. A place on a patio where lemonade was spilled this summer can be a place where ants initially gather, and then find an entryway into your home.

If pests find a hospitable environment, with warmth, food, and shelter, they generally stay in it, breed, and multiply.  The only way to eliminate that is to make sure their environment becomes inhospitable (lack of food, for termites, spiders, ants, and rodents) or nonexistent (standing water, for mosquitos).

Seal Entryways to Your Home

As said earlier, pests walk in and out of your home. Ants and spiders, for example, may be on sidewalks or gardens, but find a way inside through tiny crevices or even open windows. Once they are in your home, if they find a good environment, they basically have ways of saying “come on over” to other ants.

Spiders get in this way as well. Mosquitos can get in through water pipes, and those ways are not unknown to other crawling pests. Rodents may be in woods, fields, or neighbors’ homes or apartments.

The only way to prevent a re-infestation after a treatment is to seal the entryways to your home. Caulk and seal openings in walls. Repair holes. Fix leaks in pipes where insects could go from the pipe to your home.

Eliminate pests on their trails, both outdoors and indoors

Pests like mosquitoes, termites, spiders, and rodents need to be attacked outside the home as well as in. For mosquitos, treating the outside is best, along with removal of their habitats—it destroys the breeding ground. For termites, bait stations should be laid in the path they are taking from the outside to the inside.

Control of rodents, as well, will benefit from outside rodent stations. If threatened indoors, rodents will tend to move to a more hospitable environment—the outdoors. You have to protect against their first line of retreat becoming a genuine line of retreat–and them escaping.

Ultimately, a highly effective pest control program will focus both on the outdoors and the interior of your home.

Contact us for more information.