Every person wants to have a pest-free home. You may get various diseases if there are many pests in your home. They can contaminate your food and endanger your health if they enter your kitchen. The moment you witness pests in your house, immediate action is required to eliminate them or else they will infect your home a lot. Eliminating unwanted pests with a potent poison is a temporary solution. The same stuff that is poisonous to pests is often toxic to people too especially kids. Because pesticides treat symptoms of infestation, and not the root problem they do not work as good as prevention based alternatives, below are some tips for eliminating pests in your home:
Your home should be clean and dry
A lot of pests and rodents are attracted to warmth, darkness, spoiling food and stagnant water, so begin with making your home not hospitable to pests. Empty your garbage daily and ensure that the lid fits securely. Clean up behind the rubbish bin as bits of food on the floor in dark corners are attractive to rodents and pests. Sweep and vacuum clean regularly. Eliminate all sources of moisture. Fix leaky faucets and do not leave dirty, wet utensils in the sink. If you have a pet, comb it often with a flea comb and wash its bedding regularly.
Seal entry ways
Pets get into your home through cracks, crevices, and holes that are unnoticeable. Use silicone to fill any cracks and crevices in baseboards, moldings, cupboards, pipes, toilets, and sinks. Position screens in front of vents, and replace any damaged screens. Seal empty holes in the basement with a quick setting concrete. Keep any vegetation, stacked firewood or any other debris away from the exterior of your house. These will minimize access points or nesting locations for lurking pests.
Use chemical- free methods
Because you are in the process of denying pests food, access, and shelter, it is also the right time to eliminate any lingering intruders. To hand your problem without utilizing chemical pesticides, you can vacuum for bugs or nests because bugs will suffocate in the bag. You can also lay physical traps like jar traps, fly traps, light traps, pheromone traps and much more.
Select lower risk pesticides for routine maintenance
If pest problems continue, try using products with low toxicity hence minimizing the health risks to members of your household. Sprinkle powdered boric acid on cracks and crevices because it slowly poisons crawling insects like cockroaches, ants, and silverfish, but it is minimally toxic to both humans and other mammals. To control insects and rodents use tamper-resistant bait boxes because it is an efficient and safer option than powders, sprays or pellets which spread residue from pesticides.