The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Pest Control

As the summer months are fast approaching, we are relishing in the return of bird song, warmer weather and greener landscapes. With this in mind, there is also the return of plenty of potential problems – pests, specifically wasps. Not to mention the accumulation of outdoor barbecues attracts birds, rats and mice as they come out from hibernation. No matter what steps we take to prevent pests, sometimes we are just unlucky. Below we have collated together a variety of ways of how best to create a home pest control system in place for the summer, including some ultimate do’s and don’ts. 

Do maintain pest prevention methods

Before calling out the professionals, make sure you try some of your own pest prevention methods first. These vary from animal to animal, yet generally can include:

  • Keep a well-maintained house, from regular daily cleaning to disposing of your waste correctly
  • Repair any cracks in the walls or wooden frames
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house
  • Keep a well-landscaped garden
  • Regularly ventilate your home

If you do suspect that there are pests in your home, call a pest control service immediately to get it under control fast. Simply because pests like rats and bugs can multiply quickly and can affect your life at home if you don’t get them under control.

Don’t overuse pesticides

If you are trying shop bought remedies first before you call the professionals, make sure to use them with caution and strictly follow the instructions on the packaging. Furthermore, make sure to keep them away from pets and children as they contain poisonous chemicals that can cause irritation to the skin and potentially have fatal consequences if ingested.

To control your use of pesticides, just simply don’t overuse them. Whether that is spraying your home twice or using outdoor chemicals indoors – this is all not recommended due to their chemicals. After all, you need to prioritise the safety of you and your family above all else.

Do research humane options

Finding the right pest control solution for you may compromise your personal ethics. If this is the case then heavily research humane options as much as possible. Furthermore, humane options may also be ideal for long term prevention solutions. These can include humane rat and mice traps, electromagnetic ultrasound technology and cleaning your house with peppermint oil. However, if the problem is severe then you will need to call an exterminator – simply because vermin and pests can bring harmful bacteria and infections into your home. It is simply one of those situations where you weigh out the pros and cons.

Rat control and mice

No matter how hard you try, sometimes the little blighters like rats and mice can invade your home. Nesting in warm and dry parts of your home, they can multiply quickly andare commonplace under floorboards, wall cavities and roof spaces. Rats and mice should be controlled as they carry harmful diseases which can spread to humans. These include leptospirosis, salmonella, listeria, hantavirus and toxoplasma gondii.

In addition, rats can cause structural damage to your home too. Gnawing away around electrical cables and insulation can cause fires, so you should solve your rat infestation as quickly as possible. It is your responsibility to report your rat’s nest to the local authority under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act.

Do control your waste

One of the main ways to prevent rats from infesting your home is controlling your waste. Simple acts like remembering to take out the bins, using bin liners, separating your waste and creating compost will deter them from moving into your property. Rats are attracted to filth, so making sure your home is hygienic is essential.

Don’t leave food out

We all can feel a bit lazy from time to time, and this includes leaving food out overnight. And whilst crawling off to bed for a good nights rest can be tempting, if you are leaving food out overnight uncovered it can be visited by a variety of vermin. Make sure to make a conscious effort of storing food in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer and wipe down the services with an antibacterial spray.

Wasps and Bugs

During the summer there are plenty of critters around, and whilst we should celebrate the biodiversity and help bees pollinate, we also need to keep an eye out for wasps nests and other bugs plaguing your home. From bed bugs to fleas, wasps and bees – a sign of these within the comforting walls of your home could indicate an infestation. Furthermore, you don’t want to realise when it’s too late that you are allergic to wasp or bee stings!

Do create homemade traps and natural blends

Due to their minute size, bugs are much harder to catch than other pests. Yet, there are plenty of simple ways which you can catch them and prevent them from buzzing around your home. These include creating homemade traps from old glass jars. Simply place sugared water, honey or other sweet substance into the jars as this will attract the wasps and bugs – from this you can trap them.

Other natural remedies include using peppermint oil or peppermint smelling products as this will deter wasps and bugs as the scent repels them.

Don’t remove wasps nests alone

You have found a wasps nest, we can understand why you would want to get it removed as soon as possible. However, this can pose a few risks – especially nasty wasp stings. Though you could remove a wasps nest safely, you need the right equipment which a professional owns. Don’t take a chance and call you local pest exterminator today.

Do keep an eye on your pets

Another critter that is also frustrating to have infesting your home is fleas. The issue with fleas is that they are tiny, multiply extremely quickly and can get everywhere. Plus, they can leave nasty bites on your body that are incredibly itchy. Fleas can be brought in by other vermin and your pets. So make sure you keep an eye on any excessive itching that your beloved animals are showing. If you do notice this, then taking them to the vet so they can have a flea treatment.

Bird Deterrent

Whether you are waking up to the sound of a squawking pigeon in your chimney, or you are noticing bird excrement around your home – you may find that there is a family of birds nesting in your roof. Though birds aren’t as serious as other vermin, they may also carry serious bacteria and disease like Ornithosis, Listeria, and E-Coli,  plus their excrement is toxic, unhygienic and corrosive – so you should look at getting them removed.

Do encourage balance

Unlike other animals and pests, wild birds and their nests and eggs are protected. This means that you should not harm them. Plus, birds are vital to our natural food chain and biodiversity meaning that they should be encouraged to thrive rather than be shooed away. With this in mind, install bird feeders and birdhouses in your garden to encourage them to nest there rather than your house. Plus, use wiring around the parts that you want protect such as your fireplaces or certain fruits and vegetable patches.

Don’t harm the birds or their nests

As mentioned above, all wild birds, their nests and their eggs are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Therefore, it is an offence to intentionally harm or destroy them and their habitats. This is important as the natural biodiversity of our wildlife is important, and it is imperative that future generations wholly protect it. However, this doesn’t make the presence of birds, especially of the urban variety like gulls, pigeons, starlings and sparrows, all the more annoying when they congregate around the home. If you do find that you have plenty of birds nesting in your home, make sure you call a local pest exterminator. These individuals are highly trained in the removal of birds nests, moving them to a new habitat with a range of tools that are not available to the general public. If you do attempt to remove the bird’s nest yourself, this could mean that you potentially harm the nest or bird – making it a criminal offence.

Don’t do it all yourself – find a professional pest exterminator with Eliminate

Though you can take some preventative measures for pests, when you are confronted with the problem yourself it is highly recommended that you contact a professional immediately. Here at Eliminate Limited, we are leading professionals in pest control and removal in both Scotland and Northampton. Not only do we pride ourselves on offering the very best in customer service, but we also uphold high ethical standards. So, you can be assured that we responsibly and swiftly deal with the problem, and you and your family can return to normality. To find out more about our comprehensive range of services, simply contact us today.