Having unwanted pests is never a good feeling. But, having them come back can make your heart sink. The thought of finally having your home to yourself is exciting and a relief. Then you find out your little visitors are trying to take up residence again. It can be overwhelming and stressful. Remember, you have help!
Preventing Repeat Visitors
Once your house is pest free, remember to keep the areas that attract these unwanted guests clean.
In the kitchen:
- Do not keep dishes in the sink.
- Wipe up the counters and under the dish mat.
- Wipe the floors so there are no crumbs.
- Do not leave food sitting out.
- Do not leave standing water around.
In the living areas:
- Avoid clutter; get rid of newspapers and magazines.
- Vacuum or wipe up the floors for crumbs.
- Seal any cracks to close up the entrances for the pests.
Following these few guidelines will help reduce the chance of having the pesky pests return.
Homemade Pest Repellents
If you decide you want to take on these pests yourself, you can try some homemade and all-natural pest repellents. The treatment or remedy depends on the type of pest. A couple of simple solutions include:
- Ants - spray a mixture of water and vinegar or lemon juice.
- Spiders - citrus peels or vinegar.
- Termites - cinnamon, tea tree or orange.
Remember, these treatments are only temporary and will need to be reapplied. You must keep up on the treatment applications, or the pests will return once the repellents have worn off.
Monthly Maintenance Programs
If you decide you want to leave the pests to the professionals, setting up a monthly maintenance program is the way to go. The monthly maintenance program provides additional treatments for both indoors and outdoors as needed, and baiting around the flower beds and foundations.
The maintenance program also gives you peace of mind. The exterminator comes out around the same time every month and takes care of the spraying and changing of the baits. There is no need for you to have to try to remember when you need to reapply the home treatments.
If you would like more information on monthly maintenance programs or to schedule an inspection, contact us!