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Tips For Tackling The Pest Control War

English: Ants feeding on an American cockroach.

Most of us have had an experience with a nuisance we need to get rid of fast. Perhaps you need help getting rid of ants, cockroaches, or the little brother knocking down your door. Although I cannot help you with the latter, there are many approaches to getting rid of pests that like to make their habitation in our own living spaces. Unfortunately, pests can often mistake homes, offices, and sheds as their own homes. When ignored or unnoticed, the problem can worsen and become increasingly difficult to get rid of.

At first, cockroaches may only be a few in number, but with their rapid multiplication rates, they can increase to thousands in just months. Small rodents can leave minimal proof and go unnoticed, but they can spread disease and infection throughout an entire household. For all those living in a home, eating in public restaurants, or working in an office, proper skills are needed to combat these unpleasant foes. Ready to engage in the epic battle of human vs. pest? Take up your chemicals, poison, traps and get ready to fight!

Possible Pest Situations   

Pest can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as termites, wasps, bats, flies, cockroaches, or even raccoons. The first step to practical pest control is to be aware of your location’s history of pests. It’s as simple as this: If your neighbor has had a lot of problems with ants, don’t leave unsealed food out. Simply being aware of the presence of pests will help to avoid the infestation in the first place. On the other hand, pest infestations often come unexpectedly and unannounced, so it is important to have the right tools to deal with the task at hand. Depending on whether your pest is a snake, skunk, or an army of ants, the various prevention methods could look very different from each other. The process for exterminating ants involves sealing all open containers, setting poisonous traps, and cleaning with lemon citracide. However, when trying to rid the area of snakes or skunks, a much more extensive process must be used. For both animals, you should rid the area of its food sources and naturally occurring safe havens. If the animal or pests will not leave or the situation becomes dangerous, it is best to consult a professional pest control company in your area.

English: An American Cockroach photographed in...

Knowledge is Power

Pest control can be a pain, but in the end, you have to do what you have to do. Taking all possible preventative measures is the best form of pest control; if you can keep them from getting inside in the first place, everything is going to be a lot easier. Certain areas have higher tendencies toward particular pest problems, so knowledge of the location’s history is highly beneficial. However, when you find yourself trapped in a grueling war of human vs. pest, you have to take up your ammo and get the job done. This might look like setting up traps, clearing your lawn, or calling the Swat Team to take out the flies. Tools for battle are easily accessible online or through word of mouth. Regardless of the ammo you choose, just remember one thing; you’re going to want to win this war.

 

Tiffany Olson lives, works, and plays in Northern California. By day she works at a small (but growing!) firm where her primary objective is to educate folks on a wide variety of topics including pest control in Union City. During her off time you will usually find her climbing trees or hanging out with good friends.

 

Three-Step Roach Elimination Tips

Cockroaches are nocturnal and fast-breeding bugs that can easily adapt to any kind of environment. These bugs do not directly harm humans but they are known carriers of diseases and bacteria. For this reason, the very presence of roaches can put people at risk for various health problems and conditions.

With that said, cockroach infestation is not something you can ignore. You need to take the time to follow certain precautions to prevent them from infesting your property and to completely get rid of them. Although there are chemical pesticides that promise to kill these bugs successfully, you cannot be entirely sure that these products are safe and effective. Here are a few steps to help you prevent a full-blown roach infestation.

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Step 1: Identify Whether You Have An Infestation

Generally, roaches have long elongated, brown-colored body that may or may not have wings, depending on their gender. They are usually medium-sized but in certain areas of the world, they can grow very large. These bugs are easily identified by their spiny legs, oval-shaped bodies, and long antennae.

These bugs love to dwell in warm, dark, and moist areas. They can also feed on anything they can find; thus, they can be found even in the most unhygienic places. If you want to look for these bugs, it is best to look for them at night. You can use a flashlight to avoid spooking them. The signs of infestation may include:

  • Live roaches
  • Dead bodies of roaches
  • Discarded shell casing- these are small exoskeletons that are dark-brown in color
  • Droppings- their excretions usually look like pepper and coffee grounds. Larger roaches may have cylindrical feces which may look like mice droppings only smaller.
  • Odor- these bugs generally emit pheromones that have a distinctive and powerful musty odor. If the infestation is very serious, the smell can get pretty bad as well.

Step 2: Locate Entry Places And Starve These Bugs

After identifying whether your home is infested with roaches, the next thing you can do is to find out where they enter your home. In doing so, you can seal off the possible entrances to prevent further infestation. To find possible entry places, you need to look for cracks or holes. They can also come into your home through your drains. You can seal off these entrances using fibrous materials or by caulking them.

The next thing you need to do is to deprive these bugs of their basic needs. The best deterrent against roaches is by eliminating food and water sources. To do so, you must keep your home clean and sanitary. Regularly sweep and vacuum indoors, and make sure you clean up after meals. You must also seal all your foods in tight plastic containers.

Step 3: Eradicate Existing Roaches

Once you determine that your home is infested with these bugs, you must immediately take action. Do not wait until the infestation grows out of hand. Remember that roaches are fast-breeding bugs; thus, you might suffer from a full-blown infestation if you do not take the necessary pest control solutions. Here are some natural roach control solutions which you can apply on your own:

  • Boric Acid Powder: This is one of the most effective solutions against pest infestation. You can sprinkle the powder in the entry places of roaches and in areas where roaches are commonly found, such as behind the refrigerator, pantry, cupboards, and kitchen sinks. This solution is toxic for roaches, but it can also be toxic for humans as well. For this reason, make sure to keep boric acid powder away from children and pets.
  • Baking Soda: This is a very effective solution against roaches. When these bugs ingest baking soda and then drink water, they will eventually burst. This is a tested solution to remove roaches from your household.
  • Roach Bait And Trap: You can use a slow working poison and mix it with food that attracts these bugs. When the bugs eat it or bring it to their nest, it can efficiently kill all the cockroaches. Be careful in using such techniques though, since it can have an adverse effect on children and pets when they accidentally ingest it.

You can also use traps to entice roaches and trap them using an adhesive. To create a roach trap, you can make a solution of soap and water. The soapy water will create a thin film on the roaches’ skin where they have breathing pores. In doing so, it will block their airway, causing the bugs to suffocate to death.

The author, Kris Lim, is a writer for home improvement websites where she offers tips and advice on how to make the home a more comfortable living environment. Her works have also been used by pest control companies, such as Rove Pest Control.

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