You have many responsibilities as a homeowner when you want to protect your home. One important responsibility is pest control. Pests are more than just frightening, annoying, and embarrassing. They can actually damage the structure of your home or destroy your belongings.
Pest damage can often be prevented by having pest control services done when you need them and on a preventative treatment schedule. Here's a look at some pest control services your home may need.
Application of Residual Pesticide
Residual pesticide is used when you get preventative pest control treatments. The exterminator may spray around the perimeter of your house or even indoors every few months with a pesticide that continues to kill bugs for weeks after it's applied. Spraying the pesticide outdoors prevents bugs from invading your house, so you may not need indoor treatments.
Placement of Rodent Traps
Insects aren't the only threat to your home. Rodents cause a lot of damage, and they spread diseases, so you'll want to eliminate them quickly. Traps are the best way to do that. Your pest control services may include setting traps in strategic locations to catch rodents or to monitor for them. They might also return to collect the dead rodents so you don't have to deal with them.
Distribution of Ant And Termite Bait
Bait is an important tactic for pest control. Termites and ants can be controlled with bait better than sprays since the insects carry bait back to their nests to wipe out the entire colony. Bait is put in underground stations for termites to find as they wander around in search of food.
Ant bait might be put indoors where you're having a problem with ants marching around. If baits are used, it's important not to bother the ants you see in your home because you want them to pick up some bait and take it back to the colony.
Exclusion Services for Insects And Rodents
Another important pest control service is sealing your house against rodents and insects. If gaps around plumbing pipes, cracks in the foundation, and gnaw holes in the fascia are plugged up, insects and rodents have a harder time invading your home.
If you leave a porch light on at night, the light draws bugs close to your door and windows where they can easily get inside if there are gaps or entry holes present. An exterminator knows where to search for vulnerable areas around your home so they can be sealed to keep pests out.