Pest control – when to call the professionals

Spotting the occasional spider lurking in your home, or encountering a fly that has made its way in through an open window, are normal day to day experiences. But, the situation is different when pests invade your property and start to cause damage.

The good news is that there are things that you can do to deter pests, and try to deal with their presence. But, when is it time to seek professional help with pest and termite control?

Tips for preventing pest problems

The easiest way to prevent damage by pests is to stop them from invading your home in the first place. There are several things you can do to help make this happen.

  • Check for gaps and cracks in the exterior walls of your home, and make sure that they are filled in. Doing this cuts off potential access points for pests.
  • Make sure that food leftovers are stored away or thrown away, and that kitchen surfaces are kept clean. Taking this action deprives pests of a potential food source.
  • Cut back bushes and trees so that they are at least one foot away from the walls of your property. This helps to prevent pests using them as a means of accessing your home.
  • Spread diatomaceous earth around your property. It causes the shells of insects to crack and leads to dehydration and death.

All of these methods can be used to help prevent a pest problem in your home. But, when do you need to seek professional help, to avoid damage to your property?

When do you need professional help?

There are times when it’s a good idea to seek professional help with preventing, or dealing with, a pest problem in your home.

Having a pest inspection carried out is one of these times. This is especially important if you live in an area where there is a high incidence of pests such as termites. These pests can cause a considerable amount of damage to your home, over time. Given the fact that termites are often difficult to spot, you can end up with extensive damage to the wooden structures of your home, before you even know that termites are around. Having regular pest inspections carried out by professionals can help make a termite infestation less likely.

You should also seek professional help as soon as you suspect that there is a pest problem in your home which you are not able to deal with. Termites are not the only pests that can cause damage; for instance, rats love to chew through cables. You can help to limit the amount of damage caused by pests, by making sure that the problem is dealt with quickly and efficiently. The best way to do this is to call a pest control professional and ask them to inspect your property, and develop a plan for ridding your home of pests.