Why Preventative Pest Control is Important
It seems like it was only yesterday that we hunkered down for the long winter, but spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing your outdoor spaces for the glorious warmer days ahead. Although it’s probably too early to break out the patio furniture and start planting spring flowers, it’s never too early to start thinking about pest control and how you can best protect your home this coming season.
Being proactive with pest control in and around your home will save you tremendous amounts of time, stress, and money. Unfortunately, many of the pests that cause problems do so at night or out of direct eyesight, so by the time you identify the issue, the damage is already done. It doesn’t take long for a pest problem to spiral out of control, causing serious damage and exposing your family to potential health problems, so it’s important to use preventative tactics.
Benefits of Preventative Pest Control
Preventative pest control is a proactive approach to pest management. This reduces the likelihood that you would need emergency pest control services due to unseen infestations, which can be very expensive and stressful. The cost of preventative treatment is a fraction of what it costs to take care of an emergency situation. By taking action now to protect your property, and even going a step further to get on a preventative treatment plan, you can save yourself money and headaches down the road.
There are also health benefits to preventative pest control, eliminating the need for you, your family, and your pets to come in contact with dangerous critters or handle harmful insecticides.
Preventative Pest Control Techniques
- Seal Gaps Around the Exterior of Your Home - Don’t make it easy for pests large and small to invade your home. Survey the exterior and block off any obvious gaps in the foundation or siding, paying particular attention to crawlspaces and attic openings.
- Declutter Your Outdoor Space - Pests can hide among debris such as leaves, brush, firewood, toys, and lawn equipment. These items also collect water easily where pests can breed.
- Remove Trash Regularly - Don’t let trash build up around your home as that is an ideal source of food and water for pests both large and small. Keep up with your weekly trash pickup, and keep garbage in sealed containers away from your home in the meantime.
- Store Food Properly - To mitigate the risk of pests finding their way inside your home, keep food stored in tightly sealed containers and make sure to clean up regularly so as not to leave crumbs behind.
For peace of mind, consider hiring professionals to take charge of your preventative pest control needs. Pestmaster’s trained technicians can do a full assessment of your property and prepare a customized treatment plan to suit your needs. Get a jump start on spring, and contact us today to learn more.