Safe Ways to Control and Prevent Pests in And Around Your Home

Anybody that has had a pest infestation knows that it can be a serious headache. Pests like termites, bed bugs, cockroaches and meal moths can take over your home. In fact, some pests, like termites, can be a threat to the structure of your home and bed bugs can be a threat to your health. If you have mice, the droppings can also be a threat to your health. When you take measures to control and prevent pests, though, you want to be mindful of the environment and your own safety. This is especially important if you have children in your home. Here are some safe ways to control and prevent pests in and around your home.

  1. Clean up your home and let the pests leave on their own. One of the best ways to prevent pests is to keep your home clean. If your home is a mess and you are having issues with pests, you may want to think of cleaning up. Usually, if you clean up your home and create an environment that is uninhabitable to pests, they will leave on their own.
  2. Be sure to throw out all affected food and put all dry foodstuffs in sealable jars and containers. If you have meal moths and cockroaches, you want to be sure to throw out all affected food. Meal moths, in particular, can get inside your foodstuffs and create nests. Ideally, you want to purchase sealable glass jars and you want to put all your dry foodstuffs in these containers. Meal moths cannot get inside glass jars – nor can cockroaches or any other pests. It will also keep your food fresh.
  3. Hire a pest control service that uses green methods. If you have a serious pest problem, you may have to hire a pest control service. Ideally, though, you want to find a company, like Optimum Services, that has a green option. With this option, the exterminator will use unique tools and chemicals that won’t be harmful to your health or the environment. Going with this option can literally be a breath of fresh air.
  4. Make sure that your home has plenty of fresh air. Pests can’t stand fresh air – they like dank, dark environments, because they are optimal for breeding. This is why you want to keep all of your windows open. You want to let the cross breeze permeate your home. When this breeze and fresh air reaches the pests in your home, they will scurry or find another environment that is more hospitable. Keeping your home ventilated will also help prevent pests.
  5. Turn up the heat to remove bed bugs. Bed bugs can often be the most troublesome pest, because they feed off human blood. For this reason, getting rid of bed bugs can be difficult. However, if you want to safely get rid of them, you may want to try turning the heat all the way up in your home. This can often cause bed bugs to leave and find other sources of shelter. In the end, though, you may have to take more drastic measures if they don’t go away – the last thing you want is a bed bug infestation.

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