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Pest control: Do’s and Don’t

December 11, 2017 by  
Filed under General Tips, Pest Control

How can you safely, correctly or perhaps permanently solve your pest problems? Here’s a pest control guide.

Try pest prevention first

Remove sources of shelter, water and food. Store food in glass or sealed plastic containers. Garbage containing leftovers should be put in covered trash cans. Remove garbage frequently from your home.

Repair leaky plumbing and prevent water from accumulating anywhere around your property. Don’t allow water to collect in the refrigerator or plant tray, or leave pet food overnight.

Clutter provides a place for pests to hide and breed and makes it difficult to eliminate them. Get rid of things such as cardboard, magazines and newspapers. Cordon areas where pests can come in and call home.

For instance, caulk gaps and cracks around baseboards or cabinets. Use steel wool to seal off spaces around pipes. And cover all holes using wire mesh.

Besides, check for pests in boxes or packages before carrying them to your home.

Do it safely and use pesticides properly

Keep kids and pets away from places where pesticides are being applied. After taking preventative measures, you can use baits as the first line of defence against rodents and insects. These are effective and less toxic.

Other low-risk pesticides are available for certain pests in your area. Consult your local pest control board for recommendations. Pesticides not present in traps or baits should only be applied to target locations – not sprayed over the entire room.

Use fogging devices when necessary. Always read and follow the safety warnings and instructions on the pesticide’s label. And use ready-to-use products (no mixing required)  whenever possible.

If you hire a pest control company, ask them to locate and troubleshoot the source of the pest problem before applying pesticides. For instance, you may want to fix a leaky toilet to extract a water source. Ask them to use crack and crevice treatments as well as baits when feasible.

Only apply chemicals permitted for use in homes. Your pest controller should provide information about the chemical.

Discard pesticide containers

Read the label to know how to throw away the pesticide plus the container. Many communities have hazardous waste collections that agree to take unwanted pesticides. Contact your local waste disposal authority for info about disposing of chemicals.

Outdoor chemicals are not suitable indoors

Many chemicals meant for use outdoors are unsafe to use indoors because they stay toxic longer inside than they do outside.

Double fumigation is not a good idea

As mentioned earlier, always read and follow label instructions. Using too much pesticide can endanger your health and your family’s.

Never transfer pesticides to other containers

Rule #1: Store insecticides in their original containers. If the pesticide should be mixed with water, only mix a small amount that you will use at a go. Don’t store anything else in empty chemical containers.

Children have been poisoned by accidentally consuming chemicals stored in beverage or food containers. Regardless of how well you clean the container, it could still have remnants of the insecticide and may harm someone.

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