Pest infestations often come as a surprise to homeowners, tenants and business owners. The basic idea is that if a pest infestation is happening, this must mean that the person in charge of the property has done something wrong.
Pests are just small animals that have the same basic needs as any other living creature, so it is important to understand the infestation from that perspective. Pests may appear at particular times of the year, for example. Many pests play a critical role in the local ecosystems, so it is not possible to eliminate them all from the area.
You can minimize the amount of exposure these pests will have in your immediate living environment by taking a few simple precautions:
- Eliminate any areas where trash is stored on a regular basis. Failing to take out the trash can result in a faint scent being released into the air, and this will attract small insects. Larger pests may follow when the die, for these larger critters will feed on the corpses of the smaller ones.
- Always keep the trash cans covered. This includes the outdoor trash bins where you take your accumulated trash for removal. If these bins are open, the smell will invite various types of bugs, insects, pests and critters into the area around your home. Once this happens, it becomes more likely that they will find an entry point.
- Seal all of your food in airtight containers. There are some exceptions to this rule. Fresh fruit, for example, will often go bad if you leave them in airtight containers on the counter for too long. Once the fruit is fully ripe, store it in the refrigerator. Keep all of your produce tightly sealed inside the fridge to prevent bacteria from growing. Squeeze lemon juice on exposed areas to maintain freshness and prevent bacteria growth.
- Clean up any water that spills onto the counter tops or floors. This small amount of water can invite a scout ant, for example. If the scout reports back to the ant colony, you could have a large pest invasion in your home before you have time to respond. Prevention is the best solution in this case.
- Seal any openings that allow pests to enter your property. If you know where the entry points are, you can use caulk or other sealing methods to keep the pests out of your home. However, there are some entry points that are not visible, and you might need professional assistance to deal with these areas.
- Get additional information from a qualified service provider.
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If you understand the pattern, you will be in a position to take the steps necessary to eliminate them in a timely fashion. Pest infestations are not unusual, so contact Presto Pest Control if you're business is experiencing pest problems.