Easy Pest Control Tips
The bugs in Florida are about to get a whole lot busier. Mating season is on the horizon, after all. With our coldest days behind us, pests will be out hunting for food and friends and all kinds of trouble. While you’ve still got time, you’ll want to start protecting your home. An infestation could be a single bug away. Most insects can lay hundreds of eggs at a time. Most insects will lay between two hundred and a thousand eggs during their lifetime. You can imagine the problems that can create! At Consolidated Pest Control, we care about prevention. That’s why we’ve put together this list of easy ways to protect your home from pests.
1) Control Your Trash
We’re sure you keep a pretty tidy home. If you don’t, that’s a big first step to reducing your pest population. The way you seal your trash cans is important too. Leaving kitchen trimmings in the waste bin for even a day can rapidly lead to flies. Throw out your trash as soon as possible.
2) Control Your Yard
It’s pretty obvious, but there are plenty of pests outside. Any bushes or trees that rub against your home or touch structures give bugs an easy way in. Keep shrubs trimmed, and remove leaves and clutter from your yard that pests hide in. Turn over containers with standing water to prevent mosquitoes, and remove loose wood scraps. Beetles and termites love discarded wood. If you have fruit trees, be sure to pick up fallen fruit and discard it.
This is a big area some people neglect. Check your home for cracks and seal them up, repair damaged screens, and so on. Citronella candles will also (temporarily) scare off several species of insect. Avoid bug zappers, though. Studies have shown that they aren’t effective at reducing numbers enough to make a difference.
3) Control Your Storage
Insects love dark corners to hide in. Even if you think you’ve packed your closet tight, bugs can wiggle right in. If it’s a closet you don’t use very often, you can bet insects have gotten in at some point. So be sure to freshen up storage spaces regularly.
4) Control Your Chores
Some insects don’t care where they lay eggs. Vacuuming will suck them up, and discarding the waste in a plastic bag will prevent them from escaping. Clean up your countertops, and don’t leave dirty dishes around to limit food supplies for hungry insects.
There’s a great deal of debate about the best tricks and tonics to use to get rid of pests. The truth is that pest control is an ongoing battle. Controlling pests with poisons and other means is only one part of the process. You have to make your home harder to access and occupy for pests. If it sounds like a lot of work, it doesn’t have to be. Start in one area, and then move out from there. The sooner you start, the better your spring and summer will be.
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For the ultimate hand-up in controlling your pests, get in touch with us. At Consolidated Pest Control, we know what to expect from Florida’s toughest critters. We know how to secure your home and evict any unwanted guests you have lurking around.