Common Pest Control Mistakes to Avoid


Dealing with a pest infestation can be stressful and scary. Whether dealing with cockroaches, mosquitoes, termites, bed bugs or just houseflies, bugs can make your life a nightmare. The reason is that most pests are harmful and soon take over your home if not dealt with decisively. While you can take certain steps to get rid of pests from your home, simple mistakes can make your efforts futile. This article highlights common blunders that homeowners should avoid.

Failure to Determine Cause — When you see roaches roaming your kitchen or bathroom, you might rush to get a pesticide and spray them to oblivion. In fact, the same thing happens with other pests, including termites, ants and mosquitoes. Unfortunately, most homeowners go back to their routines, thinking they have solved the problem. Well, pest control does not work that way since bugs seek refuge in your house for a reason. For example, if you leave dirty utensils in a sink for days, cockroaches will keep coming back, regardless of the quantity or type of pesticides you use. Similarly, if you have empty tins with stagnant water in your backyard, mosquitoes will keep breeding. Therefore, you should determine the root cause of pest infestation if you want to eradicate bugs permanently.

Incorrect Identification of Pests — According to most homeowners, pests are pests; it does not matter whether they are roaches or ants, right? Well, nothing could be further from the truth, but homeowners often make the mistake when eliminating pests. Notably, pests are attracted to different things; therefore, you must identify the nasty critters you are dealing with to select the proper control strategy. For example, the pesticide you use to kill cockroaches will do nothing to bed bugs. Similarly, termite traps are virtually ineffective on mosquitoes. Thus, knowing the kind of pests you are dealing with helps select the appropriate control measure.

Being Reactive Rather than Proactive — The chances are high that you will not think much about seeing one or two cockroaches crawling your living room wall for the first time in several months. It is also possible that you will ignore termites roaming around your front door if there are only a few. Unfortunately, most homeowners end up dealing with a full-blown pest infestation much later. However, you can avoid a lot of challenges by taking a proactive approach regarding pest control. It means watching for the first signs of infestation, finding the root cause and eliminating pests before they become a nuisance.


2 December 2021

Deterring Pests while Protecting Pets

Hello, my name is Mandi, and although I own a number of pets including my dog, two ferrets and a guinea pig, I am utterly afraid of all non-pet creatures in my house. I hold the guinea pigs as I watch TV, and I sleep with my dog, but the idea of a mouse running through the walls makes me incredibly uncomfortable and tense. Since pests are such a trigger issue for me, I have spent a lot of time researching them. I have learned how to get rid of them, but more importantly, how to get rid of them without bothering or putting my pets in danger. If you are trying to balance the wanted and the unwanted creatures in your home, I hope these posts help!