Recently on the local news in Baltimore there was a report on a large apartment complex being over run with bedbugs. Just watching the report made me start to itch, but the truth of the matter is creepy crawlers are out there and need to be dealt with.
Unwanted house pests can create problems for any domain. Roaches, termites, ants, bed bugs and so on can carry diseases and cause unneeded worry. In most cases if these unwanted guest can be kept out by caulking and sealing cracks in ones home. Sometimes there are other measures that have to be done. Here are five ways to keep unwanted pests out or evict them forcibly.
Way 1: This way would be prevention. This would be done by sealing cracks and crevices through out ones home. Remember no hole is too small to overlook.
Caulk around windows, bathrooms, countertops and any other crevice where there may be holes or cracks. Always check the weather stripping and door sweeps as well. These are other possible entry points.
Way 2: Keep mulch away from ones home. When mulching around the house try to pull the mulch away from the base of the house. Pulling the mulch away will allow one to spray around the house with insecticide without ants and other small pests having a place to hide. This will also help in keeping ones home termite proof.
Way 3: Check the outside for cracks and crevices that may need to be sealed.
Way 4: Spraying for pests inside once a month can also keep things under control. Normal places to spray would be under the sinks, in closets and around the bathroom or any where else there is water.
Way 5: The nuclear option – this should only be used when one is over run with pests. This will involve using a quality bug bomb. There are a few things to do before using the bug bomb.
- Spray under cabinets and in closet and other places to drive out the pests into the open.
- Cover or remove anything that might go into ones mouth later. Things like food, toys and so on should have special care taken with them.
- Turn off gas water heaters, stoves, dryers or any thing else that might cause a fire due to combustion. Bug Bombs are flammable and caution should be displayed.
When one decides to set the bug bomb off follow directions on how many cans to use according to the square footage one may have. Then plan on vacating the house for a minimum of two hours- the longer the better.
Remember when in doubt call a local exterminator.