No matter how hard you try to keep your home pest-free, there are times when even the most stringent of defenses won’t be enough. So, what do you do when you come home and find your house has been invaded by bugs, critters or insects? The important thing is not to panic. As frustrating as it can be to watch all your hard work fly out the window, it’s best to tackle this problem smartly and efficiently. Here’s what to do:
The first thing to do is try and confirm what, exactly, has invaded your home. If you actually saw it then this step has been taken care of already. However, there’s a good chance that you only saw its traces. This is where a keen eye and a bit of detective work come in handy. It’s important to know what different droppings and debris look like, so you can identify the problem.
For example: mice and rats leave behind little pellets that look like chocolate sprinkles or tiny seeds (sorry for the visual), and you can usually find papers and boxes that have been chewed up. Roaches leave behind what look like dark dots, and there’s a unique, tell-tale smell that goes with it. Termites leave piles of wings, sawdust and mud tubes that look like little trails.
Seal the House
In addition to identifying the problem, you have to figure out how they got in so that no more can follow. Inspect the outside and inside of your home, looking for cracks and holes. It doesn’t take more than a few millimeters of space for outsiders to gain a foothold into your living room or kitchen.
Once you find these openings, you have to then seal them up. How to do this will differ depending on what you find and where you find it, but closing off your interior is the only way to make sure that more nasty pests don't get in.
Clean and Disinfect
Once you know what you’re up against, and you’re confident the house is sealed off, it’s time to clean and disinfect your home. Going from top to bottom -- wiping down every surface, picking up every crumb, organizing every mess -- will help ensure that those that have made it inside won’t find any reason to stay.
Once you do all of this, your best final step is to call in a professional. A knowledgeable pest control professional can inspect your house and deal with any pests that have made their way inside, getting rid of your problem once and for all. To get this started, contact us at Pest Control Solutions today!