Pest control is the use of preventive or controlling methods in order to reduce, eliminate or mitigate the presence of a particular pest. These strategies may include exclusion, repulsion, quarantine, physical removal and chemical means.
How to Keep Pests at Bay
Keeping your home clean and hygienic is one of the best ways to keep pests at bay. This is because many pests like to find a place where they can stay warm and dry, have access to food and water, and are away from predators.
To help limit the number of potential pest entryways, perform regular inspections of your home for cracks and holes. Repair or seal ripped windows and doors, plug openings larger than 1/4 inch wide, and patch any plumbing leaks.
Replacing damaged wood and repairing weather stripping also helps to keep pests out. Some insects, such as ants, are attracted to decaying wood, so replace any rotted areas in your home before they become an infestation.
Baits and traps are also effective ways of controlling certain pests. These contain a pesticide that is designed to kill the insect or rodent. This type of pest control is relatively low-risk as long as it is used in a safe manner by a licensed professional.
IPM, or integrated pest management, is the long-term use of a variety of techniques to control pests without causing harm to people, animals and the environment. It is an ecosystem-based strategy that integrates control of pests with a series of other environmental and cultural practices.