Mice, rats, wasps, and roaches. Oh my!
These are a few of the many pests that haunt our dreams, invade our homes, and leave us feeling unsettled. The thought of bugs and rodents scurrying across our floorboards and mattresses is a terrifying thought.
Fortunately, there are a variety of measures you can take to keep these pests far, far away, but the best method is quarterly or monthly inspections by experienced exterminators.
If you’re worried about pests, then read on. We have the information you need to protect your home, family, and overall well-being.
Keeping Mice and Rats Out
Often times, when we hear a mouse or rat scurrying through our house, we want to pretend that it’s not really a problem. It’s just one rodent, right?
Rodents are colony animals, which means that wherever you find one, you are likely to find many.
So how do you keep the mice and rats out?
First, you have to block any block possible entryway into your house. Look around your floorboards, counters, windows, and doorways to see if there are any holes or cracks.
Once you’ve discovered these holes, there are a variety of materials you can use to keep those pesky rodents outside. For example, you can stuff the holes and cracks with caulk, wire mesh, or steel wool. Even crumpled paper towels or toilet paper is better than nothing.
But if the rodents have already invaded your home, you’ll have to take another route: extermination. You can exterminate the rodents on your own, but without experience this can be dangerous. It is best to call an expert exterminator and hire them to complete the job for you.
How to Get Rid of Wasps
Wasps are a little easier to get rid of, but they’re a lot more dangerous. After all, they can fly and have pointy stingers. And if you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you know how much it hurts.
Fortunately, wasps make themselves known a lot more easily than rodents. After all, they build massive nests that are easy to spot.
Removing those nests, however, poses a whole other problem.
To do it yourself, you’ll need a whole lot of protective gear. In fact, you’ll need to make sure that your entire body is covered. If even the slightest bit of flesh is exposed, the wasps are bound to find it.
And then, there’s only pain…
So if you’re going to do this alone, make sure you have gloves, pants, socks, boots, a face mask with mesh that you can see through, a hat or hood, and a long sleeve shirt. Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your gloves. And make sure that no flesh is exposed!
Then you’ll need to find your poison and douse the area around the nest. Make sure that in addition to a mesh-mask covering your whole face, you also have a surgical mask to place over your mouth and nose. You do not want to breathe in the poison, or you could become very sick or even die.
Lastly, once the poison has killed the nest, you’ll need to remove it from your home. This is where the protective clothing comes in. If even one wasp survives the poisoning, you can still be stung.
Of course, this all probably sounds very daunting and scary. So you might just want to go the easier route and call the experts.
Prevent Roaches from Entering Your House
Rodents and wasps are terrifying enough. But what about roaches?
For most of us, the very image of a cockroach fills us with the heebie-jeebies. And by the time they make themselves seen, they’re already crawling inside your walls, beneath your floors, and inside your furniture.
Exterminating roaches is difficult, so it’s often better to be proactive. Quarterly or monthly inspections by experienced exterminators can provide everything you need to keep those roaches out.
Personally, when it comes to any sort of pest, I trust the experts.
Keeping pests out of your house is essential to preventing an infestation. From rodents to wasps to roaches, there are many methods of prevention, but the best is having an exterminator stop by on a monthly or quarterly basis to do all the work for you.