Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control

How to Perform Pest Control Safely  

If you wish to try DIY pest control before calling in the big guns, then the following is a must-read.

Do Try pest prevention first

  • Remove all sources of food, water, and shelter.

  • Store food in sealed containers. Garbage that contains food scraps must be placed in tightly covered trash cans. And remove garbage regularly from your home.

  • Fix leaky plumbing and never allow water to accumulate in your home. Never allow water to collect in trays under your house plants or refrigerator. Never leave pet food and water out overnight.

  • Clutter is a breeding ground for pests to hide, making it almost impossible to get rid of them. Get rid of anything like newspapers, magazines, or cardboard.

  • Close off places where pests will gain entrance and hide. For example, caulk any cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards. Use steel wool to fill spaces that are around pipes. Cover any holes with some wire mesh.

  • Check for pests in packages or boxes before you bring them into your home.

Don’t use exterior chemicals indoors

  • Many chemicals that are intended to use outdoors are too dangerous to use indoors because they remain toxic longer inside than they do outside

  • Always read and follow directions.

  • Never think that twice as much is better.

  • Using too much pesticide will endanger your family’s health.

Don’t transfer pesticides to containers

  • Always keep pesticides in their original containers.

  • Only mix as much as you need, if the pesticide has to be mixed with water.

  • Never use empty pesticide containers to store other things.

  • No matter how well you wash a container, it could still contain some of the pesticides and will harm someone.

For information on our pest control services and products that Hoerr's Pest Extermination Service can offer you, and if you live in or around the Peoria, IL region, please feel free to call us at (309) 635-1538 anytime.