We’re coming to the end of the winter, which means that soon spring will be here. While that’s a good thing as it means we can spend more time outside, instead of cooped up indoors. There’s one downside to spring, and that’s that all the pests come out. The chances are that over the winter, pests may have taken shelter in your home, without you even realizing it. Most pests hibernate during the winter, and so you would have no idea that they were there. However, as the weather starts to warm up, you may become more aware of their presence.
Be it rodents, insects or bats, it’s important that should you notice pests in your home, that you know what to do. This is especially important if you have little ones at home, as children and pests just don’t mix. Pests can harm children, can spread diseases, and cause all sorts of other problems. So the sooner they’re dealt with, the better.
Know what you need to look out for
The most important thing when it comes to dealing with pests is knowing what to look for. While it may be obvious that some pests live in your property, others you’ll need to look out for the signs of to spot. For example, if you have a bee or wasp nest in your home - in the walls, roof or attic, you may be able to hear the insects moving around. However, if you have rodents in your home, the only sign of them you may find could be droppings. Another way you can spot mice and rats, and other rodents is by looking for their nests. Using a torch, look around your home, checking in dark corners, cupboards, and any small holes. If you spot a nest, this is a sign that you may have a serious rodent problem on your hands.
What to do if you spot pests
Now you know how to spot them, the next step is to learn how to deal with them. If you have found that your property does have pests living in it, the most important thing is not to panic. Whatever you do, don’t rush into trying to remove the pests yourself, stay calm and think carefully about the best way to fix the problem. While you can eliminate some pests yourself, such as rodents, for a large scale problem it’s best to contact a pest control company. Some pests can be handled by pest control while others need to be dealt with by the local authority. To find out more visit http://www.atkinsinc.com/pest-control/ and read the info there. Here you should be able to find out everything that you need to know about pest control, and who can deal with your specific problem.
Prevent pests returning
The most important thing that you can do once the pests have been removed is prevent them from returning. To do this, go around your home looking for any cracks or holes in the exterior walls or roof, as this is often, how insects and rodents get in. Store your rubbish in sealed containers, and make sure that no food is left outside. The number one cause of pests is food that’s been left outside. For all the best tips for pest-proofing your home, check out http://insects.about.com/od/insectssociety/.
So there you have it, several things that you need to know about dealing with a pest infestation.