Pests, whether they’re insects or rodents, can create a serious problem in your home. No doubt Exterminating pests is really challenging. Once you have an infestation, it’s hard to tell what caused it and how to get rid of it. That’s why we’ve put together this guide: so that you can learn how to get rid of pesky pests without resorting to pesticides or harsh chemicals.
Exterminating pests time.
The first step to getting rid of pests is to understand how long it takes to exterminate them. Exterminating pests can take anywhere from a few days up to several weeks, depending on the type and severity of your infestation.
The average time it takes for a pest control company to remove all the pests from your home or yard is 2-5 days. However, this varies depending on whether you have an infestation that has already spread beyond their original area (like fleas). If you do not have an extensive amount of damage caused by these pests, then hiring one of our professional exterminators may be easier than cleaning up after them yourself!
Sealing off pest entry points.
Pests can enter your house through cracks in the foundation, gaps under doors and other small openings. You can seal off these entry points with caulk or foam, but you should also make sure to seal up any holes in your roof and chimney that are large enough to let pests get inside.
You should also be aware of any gaps or other openings in the basement (especially if it’s an older home). These spaces are ideal for pests like ants and spiders because they’re dark and warm—and many people don’t even realize they’ve got them until something gets trapped inside!
Identify the pest you want to get rid of.
Before you can start trying to get rid of the pest that’s bothering you, it’s important that you know what kind of pest is causing the problem. The most common types of pests include:
- Rodents (e.g., mice and rats)
- Snakes (e.g., garter snakes)
- Insects (e.g., bees, flies and ants)
Recognize the signs of an infestation.
You should be able to recognize the signs of an infestation. Look for insects like webs, eggs and larvae. Look for evidence of food or water sources (such as bird feeders). Check your home or belongings for signs that pests have been in them (e.g., damage). Look outside your house and yard as well; if you see any damage there as well, then it’s likely that you have an infestation going on inside your home!
Getting rid of any water sources you’re not actively using.
- Get a water meter to find out where the leaks are.
- Repair any leaks as soon as possible.
- Check for leaks in toilets, sinks, and faucets.
- Check for leaks in pipes and hoses that lead to these fixtures (such as sprinkler systems).
- Check for leaks in irrigation systems (sprinklers).
Determine your method of extermination.
At this point, you have determined that your problem is an infestation of pests and not something else like a fire or flood. If so, then it’s time to determine your method of extermination.
There are three main ways to get rid of pests: chemical pesticides, physical barriers (like insecticides), and biological controls (such as releasing beneficial insects). Chemical pesticides are used for large-scale applications; these include sprays such as mothballs and insecticides like bifenthrin or pyrethrins. Physical barriers can be anything from sticky strips on windowsills to traps baited with bait placed near the baseboards where pests tend to hide during their search for food sources–these traps will lure them into contact with toxic chemicals when they crawl over them while searching for food! Biological controls involve releasing beneficial insects into areas where they’re needed most–for example: ladybugs feed on aphids that feed on plants causing damage through sucking sap out through their mouths instead of producing seeds which would ruin crops grown using artificial fertilizers made from ground up dead animals’ bones
Remove food sources or causes of infestations.
- Remove food sources.
- Remove water sources.
- Eliminate shelter (such as boxes and other containers) that may be harboring pests, because they will use them to hide from predators and protect themselves from the elements.
- Destroy any nesting sites you find in your home or business—even if it’s just a few broken eggs on the floor!
Apply natural repellents, like oil or garlic spray, or set up traps.
Natural repellents, like oil or garlic spray, can be effective but aren’t always. For example, a study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology found that ferric chloride (an iron sulfate) was not as effective at repelling German cockroaches as other chemical treatments.
Natural deterrents are also safer than chemicals because they don’t harm people or pets who might accidentally come into contact with them. Some examples include:
- Garlic — This plant has natural insecticide properties and has been used since ancient times; it’s still widely available today in many forms: dried bulbs or fresh cloves
- Peppermint essential oil — This may smell nice but its real power lies in its ability to deter pests
Call a professional exterminator if you have a serious infestation or you’re uncomfortable with DIY pest control.
If you have a serious infestation or are uncomfortable with DIY pest control, it’s time to call a professional. Some pests that require Lakewood Exterminating include:
- Fleas and ticks (that may be carrying Lyme disease)
Use this guide to help you get rid of pests in your home.
- Identify the pest you want to get rid of. You need to determine what kind of pest is causing the problem, and how many there are in your home.
- Recognize signs of an infestation. Look for evidence that pests have been around, such as droppings or scat (poop), holes where they’ve made nests, and dead insects—which may indicate that they’re trying to lay eggs somewhere else in your house (like behind walls).
- Determine your method of extermination: If you don’t want any chemical pesticides on your hands or furniture, consider hiring a professional exterminator who uses non-chemical methods like baiting traps or spraying insecticides on areas where pests might be hiding out.* Remove food sources from places where pests live; this includes pet food bowls left outside overnight as well as unused pantry items like cereal boxes left open too long without being removed from sight first! Also keep pets outdoors unless absolutely necessary because dogs’ dander can lead them right back inside again once they’ve spent some time outside doing their business upon returning home.
We hope that this guide has been helpful and informative. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments or send us an email at [email protected]! We’d love to hear from you!