General Pest Control
If you have ever had an uninvited visitor to your house, you know how surprising it is to see them and how difficult it can be to get the house to yourself again. You may have to come up with some way to entertain your guests until they decide it is time to leave. If your uninvited visitors are animals or pests, they may never decide to leave on their own. With these kinds of unwanted visitors, it is usually up to you when and how they are removed from the premises.
Pests can come in many types, shapes, and sizes. Pests are typically defined as unwanted animals, insects, or other bugs that make their way into or around your home or yard. They can be large, like raccoons, or incredibly small, like fleas or silverfish. Some pests may not seem like a dangerous visitor and if they are not currently or severely bothering you, you may be inclined to wait to begin the removal. That is fine for you to decide, but you should know that many of these pests are dangerous and the infestation will really only get worse the longer it sticks around unprovoked.
Raccoons, rats, mice, and other animals you may find in or around your home can carry dangerous diseases and bacteria. The feces and remnants left behind by these animals can carry dangerous bacteria and other diseases. Wildlife has the ability to cause a significant amount of damage to your home if left untreated. Rats and mice can chew through important wires and raccoons can damage foundational parts of your home through accumulating urine and feces. Most insects and bugs in homes are not usually as liable for spreading bacteria and other diseases, but fleas have been known to spread certain kinds of bacteria. Insects and bugs are more commonly known for damaging clothes, upholstery, and food in the home. Starting the removal of a pest infestation as soon as you are made aware of one can help keep your family safe and your home intact.
The Process of Pest Removal
To begin the process of pest control, locating the infestation is first on the list. Knowing exactly where they are entering, exiting, and staying put can help guarantee a more efficient elimination. Many pests use your home as their food source as well, so they travel indoors or outdoors for food and then travel back to where they have created their living space. You may see them in one area of the home traveling to or from the place they have been living. This could make you think the infestation is currently located in one area of the home when it may actually be on the other side of the home entirely. Locating the nest or source of infestation can begin a more efficient control and removal, but it can also help prevent further infestations from occurring later. When you find the infestation location, you may also find the entry and exit points that they used to enter and exit. These can be cracks in walls, holes in the foundation or walls, or defects on the roof. These areas will need to eventually be repaired or filled to prevent further infestation.
Removal & Elimination
Removal or elimination of pests will depend on the type of pest currently in your home. Larger animals are commonly baited, trapped, removed, and then relocated to another location. This can be done with a traditional animal trap, but a one-way door can help with keeping larger animals from returning. Rats and mice will typically need to be baited and trapped. With insects, knowing the type of infestation you have can help decide the removal method. Professionals can help narrow down the species of your pest and recommend a specific control method. Whatever trap, pesticide, or other removal methods that they suggest will need to be completed exactly as the instructions say. Chemical-based removal methods can be dangerous and need to be used in the way they are specified.
Sanitation & Repair
After the pests have been removed or eliminated, sanitation and repairs need to take place. For insects and smaller pests, this is vital in preventing further occurrences. They leave behind eggs and larvae, so the home will need to be thoroughly vacuumed and sanitized to remove any remnants. The vacuum bag NEEDS to be removed completely from the premises. Larger animals will often leave behind accumulated areas of urine and feces. This sanitation needs to be completed carefully as these items can carry disease and other bacteria. Repair any damage that was done when they entered the home and damage that was done while they were residing in the home. Repairs can include covering holes and caulking areas that were already present but were used for them to enter. Eliminating these entry and exit points can help prevent further guests from visiting.
Pest prevention is completed by a few different tasks. One of which is included in the repair portion. Eliminating entry/exit points can be considered repairing the damage, but is also an effective method of prevention. Food and water are a huge part of your lifestyle that attracts animals and pests. Eliminating the availability of both of these can assist in prevention. Make sure all food is sealed securely and stored properly. Eliminate access to trash bins by using closed lid receptacles. Repair leaky pipes or plumbing to prevent access to water. Birdbaths and gutters are outside sources of water, but they can be used by animals that are living inside or outside your home. Try to make these inaccessible or implement methods to prevent accumulating water.
Pests can be overwhelming and frustrating for homeowners, but they are very common. We at Mighty Men Pest Control have helped homeowners with all types of pest control. We can guide you through finding the location and species of the pest and guide you or assist you through the elimination and removal. If you are struggling to find the location of the infestation or you have tried several control methods already, we can help you find the method that will work best for your situation and remove the problem for good.