Precautions when Dealing with Pests Yourself

 

Who wants having pests in their home? – No one. Whether it be fruit flies, bed bugs, moles, mice or rats, these pests can cause a great deal of stress and trouble. Some pest problems are small enough that they can be tackled using the wide range of DIY products out there. Doing your own pest control can save you money. However, you need to take precautions and steps before you deal with the pests yourself and also to avoid making the problem worse, or hurting yourself or your family.

Know the problem

You must identify the pest problem first. If you don’t know what you are dealing with then you cannot know the best and most efficient solution to get rid of the pests. There are many free sources on the Internet to help you identify the pest you have.

Calculate

Figure out how much pest control you need to do. If it’s just a few ants in your kitchen, then you don’t have to start digging a trench around your home. Once you know what kind of pest you are dealing with, you need to figure out how badly they have infested your home. Knowing where the insects are nesting, and how many the insects are, will help you decide these things.

Read the label

It may sound obvious, but you really have to always read the label. Don’t just assume that you know how the products work and use it right away. Every product out there is different depending on whom it has been manufactured by, and for which pest it is meant for. Clear instructions will be listed on the label on how to use the product and where it should not be used – for example some sprays may stain furniture like sofas.

Double check online advice

The great thing about internet is you can find a how-to guide on anything. But on the alternative, anyone can write anything and post it online. If you find some advice relating to your problem online, double check it first from a reliable source or from different websites. Also, be careful in buying products online as you can’t read the label before you buy it.

 In doubt? Call an expert

If you are doubtful about tackling a larger problem or you don’t know enough about the pest, or if you don’t want to risk getting hurt or causing any damage to your property just for the sake of saving a bit of money, then it is best to call an insect growth regulator or a pest control company. The pest control company will be able to advise you on how to avoid the problem occurring again, and how you might be able to tackle it yourself in the future.

Beware of pets and humans

Some DIY products are not friendly pesticides. Thus, it can be harmful to pets and humans, especially for children. Kids can become very ill if they put their hands in their mouth after touching an area treated with some pesticides. So be very careful where you use them. And as stated above, always read the label. And if you’re unsure whether a product could be harmful to dogs, cats and other pets, consult a sales assistant who should be able to find out for you.

 The best pest prevention is by keeping a clean house. Taking the bin out regularly and dry any damp patches or stagnant water as soon as possible to control mosquitoes at home. However, larger problems such as wasps’ nests, rats or mice will need further action. If you plan to tackle them by yourself, just be safe and make sure to follow the guidelines stated in this article.