Pest control might seem like a simple process, but it’s a lot more extensive than just trapping and releasing. Wildlife removal and prevention are systematic practices that require professional intervention, but many homeowners make the mistake of tackling the task on their own. If you’ve been handling your own complex critter situation, here are five common mistakes that might be preventing you from finding a long-term solution.
Treating Just the Problem
Trapping invasive pests might treat the immediate issue, but it won’t eliminate their interest in returning. When dealing with pest control, analyze what might be attracting pests to your home to understand what you can do to keep them from coming back. For example, if you have food waste or crumbs that aren’t properly stored inside your home, pests will continue to raid your stash until you create a new sanitation system that protects your food.
Keeping the Control Indoors
Pest control becomes a serious issue when animals make their way into your home, but securing your outdoor environment is just as much of a priority as cleaning up the inside. If you have tree branches or bushes that extend to your roof or other entry points, it can create easy access for pests. Failing to take your pest control practices outside can minimize the effectiveness of all the work you do inside.
Delaying the Pest Control Process
Delaying exclusion is perhaps the most detrimental mistake you can make in the pest control process. The longer you wait to start finding a wildlife solution, the more time your intruding pests will have to extend their nest and the damages along with it. If you have the slightest suspicion that pests have invaded your home, call a professional wildlife company and have your home inspected immediately.
Using Reactive Pest Control
Reacting to a pest problem is imperative, but proactively controlling pest problems can save you time, money, and stress. Many homeowners only wait until a pest problem is evident before they make any moves to relieve their home; however, setting up preventative screens, sealing gaps, and improving your cleaning routine can stop a pest situation before it even starts.
Handling a Pest Problem on Your Own
You may be tempted to find quick, cheap solutions for your pest problems, but these fixes can be harmful to your family. Conventional pesticides are full of chemicals and toxins that puts your children and household pets at risk. Similarly, tackling pest problems on your own can put you at risk of direct contact with a wild and potentially dangerous animal.
Wild animals are unpredictable and likely to defend themselves from approaching humans, which is why homeowners should never handle pest problems on their own. If you sense or see any pest problems in your home, call the wildlife professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando. Our team of Orlando wildlife technicians can locate the source of your pest problem, exclude wildlife from your home, and create barriers to keep them from returning. For more information, call us today at 407-295-7194.