Pests are a big problem in people’s homes. Whether you live in an apartment or a family home, the methods for controlling pests can pose a danger to you and your family. Here is what you need to know about pest control and how it can be accomplished safely.
The Facts on Pesticides
There are many things the average person doesn’t know about pest control – and why would you? You call in an expert to take care of the problem, so what is there to know? It turns out that it’s important for families to understand what is being applied to their home to control pests.
Many pesticides are toxic, and that’s a problem for the health of your family and the environment. There are, however, non-toxic ways to treat pest infestations that limit the use of these toxic substances in your home. This is important because having a home with a pest problem can trigger health problems in the most vulnerable members of your family – your children. Cockroaches, cockroach dust, and mice can trigger asthma symptoms in children, and do in quite large numbers.
Integrated Pest Management is the Answer
Integrated pest management is a safe way to remove pests from your home, and best of all it limits the amount of toxic substances used to treat any pest issues you may face. Integrated pest management:
- Removes food sources, shelter and water for pests.
- Removes the routes by which pests enter your home.
- Use gel baits, powders, and traps to rid your home of the infestation.
Why is Integrated Pest Management Important?
The main reason so many people use integrated pest management techniques is because it’s just safer. Harmful pesticides that can harm your family almost as much as a pest infestation are not the first line of defense in integrated pest management. Plus, integrated pest management works better. Its approach is one that won’t only get rid of the pest problems in your home, but keep it from coming back.
What Can You Do?
Calling in an integrated pest management professional is the first step, but there are also things you can do to make your home less hospitable to pests. You can:
- Look at where the pests in your home are. This way you can tell how they get in which can help to fix the problem and keep them out.
- Remove the food sources of pests by keeping your home clean and free of clutter.
- Keep food in tightly sealed containers, including pet food.
- Keep your trash closed up tight until it’s taken to the dump.
- Fix any water leaks that may be providing water to pests.
- Seal up entry points for pests in your home. Any cracks should be sealed up tight.
If you choose to use roach bait for a cockroach infestation, it’s really important to follow these guidelines:
- Put the bait only where you’ve noticed the pests like to hide so it’s closer than any food sources.
- Don’t spray pesticides to control cockroaches since it will only deter the cockroaches from taking the bait.
If you have any questions about integrated pest management, you need to call in the professionals at GreenArmy today. We believe in riding pests from your home in a safe way, so call us today!