ways-to-deter-insects

Yikes! What was that? This is probably your first reaction the moment you spot an unusually scurry little creature running around the house. At first, you might wave it off as your mind trying to play tricks on you or a “spur of the moment” kind of thing but eventually, you’ll come to see it again. And this time, you’ve come to validate your fears.

Holistic Ways To Deter Insects

ways-to-deter-insects

Yikes! What was that?

This is probably your first reaction the moment you spot an unusually scurry little creature running around the house. At first, you might wave it off as your mind trying to play tricks on you or a “spur of the moment” kind of thing but eventually, you’ll come to see it again. And this time, you’ve come to validate your fears.

It couldn’t be, right?

You’ve kept your house clean, your storage well-organized, and your cabinets checked every now and then. There is absolutely no way a vermin like that has come to start living in your house. It is just not possible. Well, I’m here to tell you to lose that kind of mind-setting. Your eyes cannot deceive you – not for several times at least (unless you have a history of hallucinating!). It was, in fact, the black, scurry, and usually filthy little insect you so detest – The Roach.

Bad news is that, if you’ve seen a cockroach running around the house more than once, there’s a good chance you weren’t seeing the same cockroach. If one is already frolicking around like some sort of guest, you can bet that there are more of them. You can only hope that they’ve not built a colony somewhere just yet. The smaller the family, the easier you can get rid of them.

With pest-related problems, acting fast is necessary. Instead of whining and complaining, you have to take up arms and start planning the extermination process. Why? It’s because the longer you hang around not doing anything, the more time they have to proliferate. By the time you decide to take action, it would be too late already. Always remember: If the infestation is still at an early stage, you still have a pretty good chance of stopping it without professional help (Check out: https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/preventing-infestations.html). Paying for an exterminator is not exactly cheap change so as much as possible; cutting down the root of the problem early is your best chance.

But, how do you get rid of them? 

Do you have to slap them dead one by one? Nah. That would be too nasty – not to mention, inefficient.

Then, should you spray them with insecticides whenever you see them? Hmm. That would work but there’s no knowing just how many there are. Plus, insecticides can be hard on the nose.

Should you change houses? Ridiculous. Pests are going to follow you wherever you go. If they were bigger, they would even overpopulate the earth, you know!

So, what should you do? In pest control, you need a strategy that will take care of the problem once and for all. And this doesn’t just apply to cockroaches. This applies to every other creepy-crawly threatening the peace of your home. If you want to get rid of them fast and forever, follow our advice. Below, we have listed the things you should do one-by-one. Make sure to follow every word!

De-clutter!

If your house is a mess, then it shouldn’t be a wonder why pests are living there with you. Pests like dirty and disorganized living spaces; this gives them more room to hide during the day. After all, they won’t just squat there in the open with you. They need hideouts; a place to conceal their presence when the sun is still up.

If it seems like your home is still free from infestation, take the necessary steps to ensure that it never gets one. Clean regularly, get rid of things you don’t need, and organize. For storage purposes, avoid using paper boxes and other types of material that can decay over time. Pests like termites, cockroaches, and silverfish feed/inhabit moist paper material. Get rid of them before they even attract unwanted guests. If you see cracks and crevices on floors and walls, seal them with grout. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Don’t let your laziness be the cause of your worst nightmares! 

Find The Root Of The Infestation

Spotting a roach or two scurrying around the house could mean that a large-scale infestation may already be brewing. After all, it doesn’t take long for pests to multiply their numbers. In several days’ time, certain types of pest can expand their kin to a hundred or a thousand-fold. It’s scary, we know.

Spraying, stomping, or slapping one out of a thousand won’t do much damage now, would it? So instead of stressing over a single roach, you have to devise ways to find the breeding nest. You can only hope that the infestation is still small enough for you to handle. Usual hiding spots are in the attic, basement, old/unused cabinets and drawers, underneath floorboards, wall cracks, and above the ceiling.          

Smoke Them Out

The moment you find the root cause of the problem, take action. Remember what I said earlier about pests proliferating at an insane speed? Well, it’s 100% true. Every day you allow to pass gives them a chance to strengthen their forces, hide more eggs, or cause more damage to your home.

When the infestation is still at an early stage, you may want to try to smoke – no, the correct term would be to spray them out. Do your research; check out the best pesticide brands specially formulated for wide-scale eradication. If you are planning to go this route, it would be best to administer this method after the residents of the house evacuate. Pesticides are not safe for human inhalation. Let your family spend a night or two someplace else (e.g. a relative’s house, hotel, etc.) as you begin your pest control activities.

Leave It To The Professionals 

When the infestation is too big for you to handle (and you know it!), don’t try to take action by yourself anymore. It would be best to leave it to the professionals. They have the tools necessary to get rid of large-scale infestation – most of which, you really can’t buy at a local Walmart. If it’s out of your league, don’t be afraid to admit it. Look for a good pest control agency that offers reasonable prices. They’d be happy to have you.

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