Improve Your Pest Control

By: News Canada

(NC)-Pests come in a variety of forms, from mice, earwigs, ants and grubs to invasive weeds. They can trigger allergies, carry disease, contaminate food and even damage our possessions. But a few simple preventative measures can stop pests before they pester.

To keep pests out of your home, start by creating physical barriers: keep doors and windows closed, repair broken screens, caulk windows and cracks, and make sure your screen doors have tight springs so that they close quickly.

Next, remove all sources of food. Clean up crumbs and beverage spills, sweep regularly behind and between appliances, store food in tight containers, take your garbage out frequently, don't let cat or dog food sit out all day, and wash and dry your dishes as soon as possible.

Even if you do everything in your power to keep bugs out, some are bound to get in. In most cases, swatters and traps will do the job. If insects get into clothes or stored food, simply seal the items in plastic and place them in a freezer for a few days. Only when these courses fail should pesticides be considered.

When it comes to your lawn, pest control gets a little more complicated. Weeds can normally be dealt with by hand weeding, and many tools are available to make this job easier. Proper fertilization will also help keep weeds down.

In the case of insect infestation, you should identify the pest and pick the right pesticide for the job. Talk to a qualified Home Hardware or Home Hardware Building Centre associate and make sure you use a product that is specific to your problem.

Outdoors, as with indoor bugs, prevention is always the best option. Keep your lawn healthy by mowing and fertilizing regularly. Minimize bright light sources and damp environments. And don't kill bugs that eat other bugs, like ladybirds, praying mantis, and lacewings.

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