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The Dos and Dont’s of Pest Control

Pests can be a huge threat to your health. They may spread dangerous diseases and even attack you if they feel threatened by your presence. However, even if they don’t attack you at all, the mere fact of having unwanted insects or rats taking over your house is more than enough to take action.

Controlling pest infestation as soon as possible is of utmost importance. Remember doing so implies following certain rules and avoiding others at all costs. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.

Don’t Overuse

You might believe that more is better. So, you may use many pesticides to kill as many bugs as you can. However, this is flat-out wrong. Overusing pesticides would most probably backfire and harm your health and your environment. For example, if you use too much pesticide, you’ll end up contaminating soil, water, plants, and even harmless animals such as birds, fish, pets, and non-dangerous insects (bees, butterflies, etc.). You don’t want to damage your environment; therefore, it is advisable not to overuse pesticides.

Read Labels

Suppose you decide to prepare a new recipe that you have never cooked before. What will you do? Blind-guessing how to do the process on your own? Or reading and following the recipe carefully to achieve appropriate results? Pesticides do not differ from using other products. You must understand what you are using and how you’ll be using it. Reading the labels is necessary to ensure that you’re using the right product for the type of pest you are dealing with and using the exact amount of pesticide required for the job. Stick to the instructions at all costs. Otherwise, you won’t achieve the desired results.

Use Different Methods

By expanding on the methods you use to control the pests, you ensure animals don’t develop resistance of any kind. In other words, sticking to one method could eliminate rats or bugs. However, the probabilities of some of them surviving are always high. Eventually, the survivors will grow resistant to the pesticide, and the product will become useless. Experiment with other methods. You don’t have to rely only on chemicals. For example, you can try using barriers or traps to keep animals away. As long as you expand and implement new techniques‌ you’ll eliminate the pest completely.

Clean Up

It’s not always a matter of solving a problem. Sometimes, the best remedy is to prevent the issue. You should stick to methods that keep the pests away from your home. It’s well-known that pests gather in dirty areas, so keep your home as clean as possible. In addition, you must remove every food and water source near your house. If they cannot feed themselves, then pests will die out, or hunger will force them to move elsewhere. Last, consider sealing every crack, hole, or cavity you find in your house. Check your walls, ceiling, doors, and windows. By covering these entry holes, pests will find it impossible to sneak into your home. So, if pests cannot enter your house and they don’t find food and water in the outside areas either, they will consider your zone an inappropriate place for survival. They will be forced to move, and the ones that decide to stay can be eliminated with pesticides. Although these methods will grant satisfactory results, it’s wiser to count on the help of professionals. Dealing with pests is a dangerous job, but experts are always prepared to do it with perfection.

Contact the pest control specialists at Van Den Berge Pest Control at 616-392-7367. They have been voted the Best of West Michigan Pest Control companies for eight consecutive years.

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