Inside or outside your house, insect pests can be a real nuisance. No one likes seeing an army of ants marching across the kitchen counter, or roaches scattering across the floor when the lights go on. If you are trying to get rid of these - or other - nasty pests, you have essentially two options: do it yourself, or call a pest control company. |
Do-it-yourself Pest Control
There are many types of pesticides available over the counter for use in your home or backyard. You can buy cockroach sprays and baits, mosquito and wasp repellent, rodent poisons, and weed killers easily in most stores. When handling these products, though, it's important to take some precautions.
Chemical pesticides present a danger to small children, and if used incorrectly, they can be equally harmful to adults. If you're going to take care of your own pest problems, follow these important guidelines:
• Choose the least poisonous product that will do the job. • Make sure you're using the right product for the job. • Read all labels carefully and follow all instructions. • Wear gloves when handling pesticides, and use a mask for jobs that involve sprayed products. • Cover exposed counter tops, dishes, and glassware when spraying pesticides in the house. • Keep children and house pets away from sprayed areas until they are fully dry. • Don't eat, drink, or smoke while using pesticides - and wash thoroughly when finished.
Some people prefer to treat infestations with natural products. Boric acid and food grade diatomaceous earth have both been used successfully to control cockroaches and bedbugs. Even though these are completely natural, they can be harmful if breathed in or ingested, so handle them with the same caution as chemicals.
Professional Pest Control
In the case of serious infestation, it may be easier and more efficient to get help from a professional. Insect and rodent pests reproduce quickly and in great numbers, and eliminating them completely may take some time. Many companies will arrange to visit periodically to inspect and re-treat your home if necessary, at no extra charge.
Professional pest control technicians are trained to do their jobs well. They know where pests hide their nests, and where colonies are likely to live. With a large store of knowledge about the chemicals they use, professionals understand and practice safe procedures in your home.
They may be able to use stronger chemicals than you can buy in a store, and use them in a way that's safe for your family. Many companies also offer products that are environmentally safe. These may actually be less dangerous to your health than pesticides you can purchase yourself.
However you choose to protect your home from infestation, it will probably take some time. It's best to make your pest treatment decision based on the amount of time and money you can spend on the problem and which option seems safest for your family.
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