You could be one of many fighting what seems like an uphill battle with household pests. Ants, mice, bed bugs, termites and many other similarly unwanted intruders can threaten to take over your home no matter what the season. It can be tempting to use more traditional extermination methods, but they can be very harmful to the environment and can risk the health of your pets and children. In addition, there can be regional concerns: Fragile water systems connected to salmon habitat in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington can be jeopardized by run-off from toxic extermination methods.
Green prevention and pest control are the best solutions for having a pest free home, while maintaining a healthy environment for all. Below are some tips for pest prevention in your home:
- Use fences and implement the use of animal and insect traps, lights, and noisemakers as the first line of defense in keeping pests out of homes.
- Permanently seal small entrance holes with caulking or steel wool to prevent rodents and insects from entering your home. Structural repairs might need to be implemented for larger holes.
- Ensure that doors and windows are tightly sealed and screened. This will also help with your energy bill.
- Use yellow energy saving light bulbs for porch lights. This will help deter insects and save on your electricity bill.
- Store dry goods in your kitchen (including pet food) in tightly sealed containers. Store fruit in hanging baskets.
- Make sure decks, porches and crawl spaces under your house have good ventilation to prevent mildew and termites.
- Make sure your home is cleaned regularly: food scraps discarded in sealed garbage cans or disposed of using composting methods or garbage disposal, garbage is taken out and put in a well sealed, outside garbage can, and clutter kept to a minimum.
If you have adhered to all of these tips but find yourself battling pest control problems anyway, it might be time to seek a professional exterminator. The next step is to employ pest control techniques. The best company to use is one specializing in green pest control — safer for you, safer for the environment.