Avoiding Pet Protection
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners with pets can make is not treating their pets for common pests like fleas and ticks. Even if your pets only make it outside on occasion, they are at risk of picking up these nasty pests. Of course, once they are on your pets, they will eventually wind up in your home as well.
It’s best to treat pets, both cats and dogs, with veterinarian-approved flea and tick control products. Avoid using the same products for both cats and dogs and always be consistent with the application of the product. Remember, you don’t have to physically see the pests for them to be a problem. Pets could be harboring these creatures without showing any signs they are there.
Not Using a Professional
It’s also a mistake to rely on pest control services that are inadequate. A lot of pest control companies may give you a great rate but won’t take care of the problem as they should. Using a qualified professional will help ensure the issue is taken care of the right way.
In addition to this, you should not think that after a pest problem is taken care of that you never have to think about it again. There are a lot of proactive steps you should take to make sure you don’t develop a problem again.
Keeping a Messy Yard or Home
The goal behind any pest is to find shelter and food. When homes and yards aren’t kept up, they become the perfect place to offer these things to pests. Keep trash, especially food and crumbs, put away in a safe location. It’s best to empty trash daily if you are dealing with a pest problem. Vacuuming regularly and keeping your sinks empty and clean is also a great way to keep pests out of your home.
On the outside of your home, keep firewood at least 30 to 35 feet away from the foundation of your home. Standing water, trash and pet food are also items that can bring pests into your yard. Cleaning those things up daily is the best way to avoid them.
It’s also important to note that there are a lot of risks involved when you try to handle pest control on your own. For starters, many DIY pesticides and applications can be harmful to both pets and people. Safe use of these items is crucial to your family’s safety.
Another danger you face with DIY pest control is with the pests themselves. Many of the pests you might be trying to control are rather dangerous. Stinging insects, like bees and wasps as well as scorpions and spiders pose a pretty substantial risk to humans. If you aren’t trained to deal with them appropriately, you could become injured in the process. Relying on a professional for all your pest control needs is probably the best option.
If you are able to avoid these mistakes, you will be well on your way to having a pest-free home. If you do find pests have taken over, make sure you give us a call. We will help assess the problem and get you back to living a pest-free life as quickly as possible.