Florida is known for its year-round warm weather. It draws people in from all over the U.S.
Unfortunately, that good weather also attracts non-human visitors too. Pests such as termites, rodents, ants, and other insects are a nuisance. It can be tough to combat year-round threats.
However, your ongoing battle against pests isn’t impossible. Here are a few options for DIY pest control.
Poison bait traps are a common way of dealing with pests. A pest eats the bait and then dies. Sometimes this happens within a few days, but other times it may take longer, perhaps even weeks.
These traps come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They can be used for everything from ants to mice and rats.
Bait stations are similar but are usually enclosed with the poisoned bait hidden inside an enclosure. Bait stations can be a little safer, since they may prevent children and household pets from ingesting the poison bait.
Trap cropping is an agricultural technique where you plant trap crops. These are plants that attract pests, drawing them away from other plants that you don’t want them to destroy. These decoy plants can be placed near your other garden plants as a form of companion planting.
Different plants attract different insects. You will have to research what pests you have and what crops would be suitable for diverting them away from other plants.
Trap cropping can be a good idea if you have flowers or vegetables near your home. It can help keep pests confined to a smaller outside area. It’s not a foolproof solution, but it can be part of a comprehensive pest control program.
Pesticides are a very common method of pest control. However, they can be harmful to the environment or individual if not handled by a professional.
Many pesticides are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) or neurotoxic (can cause neurological damage). The same chemical can have different health effects at different doses.
As stated above, pesticides should be handled very carefully. You don’t want to put yourself or your loved ones at risk by mishandling them.
The best prevention is being proactive. If you can make it harder for pests to enter, you can reduce the possibility of them making your home their home.
Look around the exterior of your house for entry points and seal them. This includes entry points for utilities too.
Hire a Pest Control Company
If all else fails, you can hire a pest control company. Professional pest control companies can help you eliminate those pesky pests once and for all.
If you’re not sure if you need to hire a pest control company, look for the warning signs that you may have an infestation or pest problem. Are you noticing pest droppings or damage around your house? Have you seen or heard rodents or insects?
If so, you need pest control services. Hire a good pest control company before things get any worse.
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