None of us want to give much thought to the creepy crawlies and rodents that can make their way into our home and find a place to hide.
Despite our best efforts at sealing and sanitizing, most of us unknowingly share our living space with bugs, mice and countless other annoying insects or pests. In order to determine the best pest control treatment, it is first necessary to accurately identify what you're up against.
According to the experts that remove any pesky critter from your home, these are the top 8 mistakes homeowners make when trying to treat a pest problem.
1.) Being reactive - instead of proactive - about pest control
It is much easier and cheaper to prevent a pest problem than it is to eliminate it once it has started. Remain watchful for any issues that may attract insects and address them immediately. Benjamin Franklin said it best when he stated "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
2.) Not checking the doors, window screens, and seals around your house
Insects can sneak in even if windows and doors are shut. Frequently check that door sweeps are functioning properly, fixed damaged screens and caulk crevices around the home's structure.
3.) Letting your landscape overgrow
Make sure your lush landscaping doesn't include bushes or shrubs that come in contact with your home. If storing firewood, choose a location away from the home's main structure.
4.) Leaving put temptations for critters
Dispose of trash in a timely manner and never leave food sitting out that might appeal to pests.
5.) Allowing water to pool around your yard
Stagnant water is a giant playground for mosquitoes. If you frequently notice water pooling in your yard, contact a landscaper to improve your drainage system.
6.) Using the wrong pesticides
Research all pesticides before applying or hire an expert to address your pest problem. Choosing the wrong pesticide could make your pest problem even worse.
7.) Not timing your efforts with the season
Don't let your guard down when the temperatures drop. Some pest populations die off in cooler temperatures but others simply try to move their pest party inside.
8.) Not knowing the pests unique to your area
Research your area and know the most common pests to keep an eye out for.