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Home Based Pest Control: A Budget Based Guide

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There are many methods used for pest control. One of the easiest methods of pest control is to use prevention. Put into practice some prevention methods as a starting point for your pest control plan.  Remove standing water found inside and outside of the home. Standing water attracts mosquitoes and other insects. Don’t allow water to accumulate anywhere inside or outside of a home.

Regularly clean the home to remove oil and sticky food residue from surfaces which attract insects and mice.  Remove clutter, paper, materials where pests (rodents or insects) like to breed or hide.  Put food in sealed glass or plastic containers to prevent ants and cockroaches from accessing food.Use plastic storage bags to prevent bugs from getting to the food. Clean sticky substances off of shelves, floors, and countertops which attract ants, flies, and other insects. Use window screens to keep bugs out of the house.

There are a variety of pest control methods that can be used to repel and kill pests. Research on various methods to find the one best suited for your situation. Don’t use outdoor pest control chemicals inside of a home. Outdoor chemicals cannot be used indoors because they are not safe around humans, pets, food preparation, and food storage. Use pest control methods and products that are safe for indoor use and use outdoor pest control chemicals outside of the home. Be safe and never transfer chemicals from one bottle to another. Don’t transfer an outdoor pest control chemical to an indoor pest control chemical bottle. For safe use, follow product directions. Wear protective clothing, eyewear, gloves, and a mask. Avoid harmful fumes.  Always store chemicals in their original containers and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.  Never reuse chemical bottles for other purposes. When the product is gone, properly dispose of the bottle.  Keep chemicals away from open flame and store them according to the temperature guidelines on the bottle.

If a pest control service is hired, check their methods used to dispose of pests. Do they use natural, organic, or chemical products? Ask where the product will be applied. Make sure it is safe around food, dishes, people, and pets. Inquire about what steps must be taken before and after the pest control product is applied for both indoor and outdoor application. Ask about the name of the chemicals to be used by the company. Material safety data sheets and chemical product information should be provided by the pest control service. Do not have the pest control company apply the product until you are sure it is safe for use in your home or yard. If you do not like the method to be used, find another company that does not use harmful chemicals and application methods.  Check for references and certifications before hiring a service.

For DIY pest control methods, always use proper safety precautions when using chemical products. Only use chemical products approved for indoor use. Better yet, use organic or natural pest control methods safe for use around humans and pets.