First of all, there are a lot of cases where an exterminator can resolve your problems with all sorts of pests. Most people ask this question because they think or they have heard that certain type of year or even weather can affect your pest control efficiency. The truth is that there is no right time. You can always call the exterminators whenever you feel the need or when you see that certain pests have come up in your home.
Seasonal infestations and other factors that can make an impact on your decision.
Now that you know that there isn’t any right or wrong time to call the exterminators let us get deeper into the subject. There are certain times or periods that some species of pests have a faster or higher infestation rate which means that they expand more quickly or rapidly. For example ants, mosquitoes, and a big majority of other pests are usually more active in the summer than in the winter. Of course, this is just a generalization because there are always exceptions.
During winter time, it is usually harder to find or track down traces of pest infestation. Because of their biology pests are usually in some stasis or dormant in their nests, and in this period it is usually much easier to find them and get rid of them usually almost all of them. As we all know exposing them to extreme cold will usually kill them. And of course, we have a situation where the season is not an issue. Instead, we have the weather as the main reason.
Mosquitoes and other pests usually require water or high levels of standing water to breed and develop so that is why they all enjoy the rain and that is why they are more active during rainy periods. For example, other pest species do not like rain or humid weather. They usually like much higher or dryer ground. That is your home most of the time. For example, silverfish, water bugs and cockroaches all like dry weather and climate, so if you want to get rid of them, the best time to take action is during dry seasons. This period is when they are most active, and this is the period when you have the highest chance of eradicating them.
So if you want to take action against these little troublemakers then any time is the best time to do it. Just take action.
Call the experts – if you don’t know what to do
Even though there will be a time of year when these actions are much easier, faster, more lethal for pest and less expensive for you, the first step is always important. Different kinds of pests are more or less active at different types of seasons. But on the other hand, you could be in a lot of trouble because you could have a more than one type of pest problem and it is usually that kind of situation. So the best way is to call the experts, and they will handle your problem.
You don’t need a flood or storm or fire to cause dramatic damage to your home. “Silent Destroyers” can do that too. Termites are a common cause of serious pest problems, and the scope of the damage they are capable of causing is usually underestimated. Nobody expects these insects to silently, under the radar, consume various cellulose-based materials in your home for quite of the time before obvious alarming signs of damage are noticed. In fact, an average colony of termites is capable of eating through your floor, walls, furniture, foundations, even shelves with books. The activity of termites is usually noticed too late when the damage becomes costly, and most materials require full replacement, rarely repair.
How to spot the invaders?
To spot the “silent invaders” on time, you should know where to look. Termites usually live in wooden structures and items, including both indoor and outdoor house items. Think of cracks in your floor or walls, joinery, trees surrounding your home or anything similar in your residence. Termites live in colonies, often in humid places, soil included. The colony is dynamic, and as they eat through the wooden structures, termites dig impressive labyrinth of tunnels. Once you spot one colony, the chances are you’ll find at least another one at some place near around. If your house is invaded by subterranean type of termites, you’ll probably find them digging tunnels in soil. Drywood termites will settle colony somewhere in wooden constructions, and various sources of light attract termites with wings.
Warning signs you shouldn’t miss
You will rarely spot the whole colony without active looking for one, but you might come across a significant number of insects around your house, light sources or some wooden elements. If any wooden construction in your home sounds hollow, suspect termites. If you notice recently cracked paint or walls or cracks in the floor, also suspect termites. Mud tubes are a sign of colony activity, and termites sometimes leave discarded wings behind.
How to prevent a termite infestation?
There are few interventions you can conduct to protect your home from these invaders, all based upon the facts about termites and their life and habits we are familiar with. Termites thrive on moisture. So, eliminate any source of it. Fix leaking problems, keep your gutters clean, drain any excessive water or mood you have around your house and keep your premises actively ventilated. Another thing you can do to prevent termite infestation is to deprive them of their food. Conduct occasional routine checkup of all wooden constructions in or outside your home. Re-paint wooden items from time to time. Keep your backyard clean by removing debris, dirt and leaves regularly.
Vacuum your furniture thoroughly and avoid piling up books or paper in humid places. However, if it happens that your house gets infected in spite of all prevention, the best is to hire professional to deal with these invaders. Only professional with their specialized equipment are capable of eliminating termites completely and preventing them from coming back.
Whether you have a problem with pests in your residential home or commercial premises, quality and thorough pest control is a necessary process to prevent costly damage. Applying chemical solutions designed to exterminate insects every once in a while won’t suffice. Especially if these chemicals threat health of residents or environmental conditions. Pest control is a continuous process that includes several steps, and it is best provided by experienced professionals. Quality pest control will not only exterminate existing pests but also prevent them from coming back by removing the sources of their emerging. It is called integrated pest management, and these are the steps it should include.
Inspect everything and prevent
Inspection has to be thorough and regularly conducted. Pests are capable of causing serious damage long before the obvious signs appear. Thus you have to search for invaders actively. A thorough inspection should primarily include most common places where different kinds of pests usually settle. When it comes to residential houses, this refers to humid and warm places, kitchen and bathroom, wooden constructions, basement, old worn out walls, floors or furniture. Commercial premises are at risk when there are various organic ingredients around, storage areas and other areas providing food and conditions for pests’ reproduction. If you spot certain weak spots and potential entry places during the inspection, intervene right away. Invest into structural maintenance, conduct regular sanitation and fix all the issues inside your residence that could provide conditions for pests’ invasion.
Analyze the problem deeper
Similar to thorough inspection and prevention methods you should apply before you face pest invasion, once it happens, you should go deeper into the issue. Elimination of existing pests won’t be enough if you don’t spot the underlying problem. It could be the problem with humidity caused by leaking pipes, odors or food or debris around the house, cracked wooden construction that requires maintenance and much more. If you don’t address the underlying problem, eliminated pests will invade again.
Apply pest – specific treatment
The market offers a wide range of pest control management strategies, devices and chemical solutions designed to repel the invaders. However, the more you adjust the treatment to the identified specific species the more efficient the results will be. It all starts will an adequate identification of the troubling insect and knowing details about its behavior. Professional pest control services hire experts trained to recognize a given insect, know their enemy and apply optimal countermeasure to exterminate it efficiently. Treatment selection is probably best left to the professionals. They know to pick the right measurement, to apply it to the right places in the adequate doses that will provide an effect to the insects but won’t harm residents or environment in any manner. Also, professional will offer you useful advice on how to prevent the same issue in the future or how to minimize already caused damage and to repair the items that can be saved.
Pest control is continuous process
Keep in mind that eliminating pest invasion once is not the end of the process. To avoid the same unpleasant experience in the future, apply the continuous pest monitoring system that will check your premises frequently and react immediately if necessary any time again.
A lot of people ask themselves what is the ideal number and how many times do we need to spray bugs and the rest of the pests or should we call the exterminators. A lot of questions come to our mind when pests show up in our house. How did the get here? Should I wait for them to go out on their own? Should I call the exterminator?
The main question is, how to remove those pests quickly with the lowest possible price. The real answer is to call in the exterminators the first time you see or suspect that there is a pest issue. After that, a regular pest control is a must so that you can minimize your costs and minimize your health risks.
How to decide the number of pest treatments?
Call the exterminators. They will do an evaluation and tell you what the best solution for your problem is. Don’t be surprised if they discover the infestation you never believed you had. Sometimes we can’t see all types of pests. The experts will treat the infestation, and after that, they will tell you what si your next step. Will it be necessary for another treatment or just a regular maintenance and checkup? They will also design a treatment schedule ti keep the pests away. And they will always call you to confirm their visit for a routine checkup.
How many times do we need to have a pest control checkup or treatment?
Well, it all depends on the type of infestation, the location of the house where the infestation had occurred and the type of pests you are fighting against. If cockroaches or silverfish are the problems, then a bi-monthly service is needed to be sure they will keep out of there. If you live in the north or northeast than a quarterly service is quite enough. But if you live somewhere warmer then you need a monthly service. Your pest controller will tell you what to do, but you should spray every six months in general. If it needs to be sprayed on shorter or longer periods, your pest expert will tell you. As for the costs well, the most cost-effective pest control is a bi-monthly service.
The pest expert will give you a possibility for an every other month treatment and a methodical examination of your home to be sure that there aren’t any potential pest problems. This type of service is effective against spiders, ants, crickets, earwigs and wasps. As for other insects, you will probably need a specialized plan to get rid of these troublemakers. This type of service will also be effective against these other types of pests. Always check with your exterminator about various solutions and options for your problem and choose the best one suited for you. The exterminator will give you the best advice possible, and he will make sure your house stays pest free.
First, we need to remove all sources of food and water. We have to seal food in plastic or glass cases. All sort of pests love moist, and surfaces covered with food remains so be sure to clean your house and empty the trash. Plumbing can also be a problem so it is a must to fix leaky plumbing and you mustn’t let the water to accumulate anywhere. Do not leave any pet food or water because it can also attract pests. Pests will also breed in clutter so be sure to get rid of old newspaper, magazines, and cardboard. Beware of small places because that is usually where they like to hide so make sure you close all the holes including wall cracks or cracks in furniture and make sure you seal those cracks.
You can do that with all kinds of material including steel wool, cement or any other material you fell that is appropriate. You will have to learn about those pests you have troubles with because then you will learn how to get rid of them and how to keep them out of your home. If none of these methods work, then you will probably need some pesticides.
How to use pesticides correctly?
You must remember to keep children and pets away from pesticides after you apply pesticides. The good idea is to use bait or chemicals against these troublemakers. These types of actions can work very well with a low-risk exposure to the pesticide as long as you keep your children and pets out of reach of the pesticide. It is very important to spray pesticides locally or in a specific area. We shouldn’t spray the entire room and of course always read the label and always follow instructions that are on the box or the product that you bought in the local hardware store. Always use ready to go products because there is less chance of something going wrong as oppose to the chemicals that need to be home made and mixed.
Always hire a professional if you can
If you hire a professional exterminator, always tell them or correct them on time where to spray and tell them the location of your pests. In some cases, you will need to repair for example pipes or toilets to stop the water leaking. And of course, always apply chemicals that are permitted to be used in homes and close spaces. If you hire a pest control company or an exterminator, always ask them what type of pesticide they use for pest control.
Always use the correct chemicals and don’t think that if you apply more pesticide that it will be more effective. It could only damage your health and the health of your loved ones. So make sure you apply these chemicals with special care. If you don’t know whether you will do it correctly, always call for a company that deals this kind of situation, and you will be alright.
As we all know, children and infants are more sensitive to toxic vapor from pesticides than adults. So how can we minimize the risk for our children and infants?
Our children are more sensitive to toxic than us.
Their brain is still developing after birth. The same goes for their nervous system and all other organs. If they are exposed, their kidneys can’t extract all those toxins like mature kidneys can. They are also in much greater danger because they are usually always on the ground touching things and are in much bigger danger to get in contact with the chemicals. Children and babies also like to put their toys in their mouths, and we need to make sure that those toys were not in contact with the pesticide. It is why it is important to minimize the health risks and child exposure to these chemicals.
So what do we need to do exactly?
Always make sure that the product you are using is approved and legal and that it is intended for that kind of purpose or situation you are using it in. Always look for the least toxic yet effective pesticide for pest control. If you are hiring an exterminator, you can always ask him/her to spray the least toxic pesticide he/she has. It is important to keep you, children, away or out of the area where the pesticides are being used. And after use, you should allow the pesticide to dry out before entering the room or an area which was being treated. After the treatment, always make sure that your children washed their hands and that their hands are clean if they are eating or if they are too small and like to put fingers in their mouths. If you applied pesticide on your pet, make sure that the pet is dry and that there is no pesticide on it because children will instantly go for the pet to play with it and that can lead to toxic contact. It is important never to use illegal pesticides because they are more dangerous. Even if children get in contact with normal pesticides, it is less dangerous than if they get in contact with illegal ones because those are very dangerous and poisonous.
Keep it away from children
Always store pesticides in their original bottles and keep them away from children. Never mix or put pesticides in places where you store food or beverage or any other groceries. Always take steps to reduce the pollution and toxic vapor from pesticides that are being used and always make sure that those pesticides have the least amount of toxic inside them. If your clothes were exposed to the toxic or you think that they might have been, you must separate them from the rest of the laundry and wash them alone in the washing machine. It is very important because one moment of your unawareness can be dangerous for your loved ones and that is a thing you need to consider.