Control Pests Around Your Home The Safe Way

Of course, if you have a pest infestation on your property — inside or out — call Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. We’re not slouches when it comes to eliminating bugs and other critters. But sometimes, you can DIY the job.

It’s for those brave souls who decide to take certain matters into their own hands we dedicate this article. Nice thing about these suggestions are that they’re workable alternative solutions which take the toxic nature of destruction out of the equation.

Outside Drill

Why resort to poison when there are proven, natural methods? In a lot of cases, the healthier your plants are, the more resistant they will be to bugs. Additionally, plucking weeds and pruning eliminate hiding places.

For those who want to use pesticides, best bet is to take an approach known as spot treatment. You don’t need to call-in the crop dusters. You are not out to defoliate your victory garden. The run-off is bad for the environment.

No need to blast. A simple spritz will do.

Inside Drill

Can’t repeat this enough: Cleanliness in next to buglessness. On another front, keep your interiors dry. Everything that crawls or flies requires water to survive. Beyond that:

  • Got pets? Give ’em a daily brushing. Occasionally pull-out the flea comb to see if they’ve got biters. If so, get them on some sort of regimen that the vet suggests.
  • Be sure to vacuum upholstery the pet uses regularly. Wash it too if it’s smaller than a couch.
  • While you have out the Hoover, hit the floors. Make sure you throw-out the bag once you sucked-up everything.
  • Ripe fruit should be stored in the fridge.
  • For those foods outside the cooler, keep stuff in either plastic containers or tightly sealed glass jugs. Incidentally, glass jars with rubber seals are better than screw-top jars.
  • Spill it. Wipe it up immediately.
  • Doesn’t matter if the garbage folks only come once-a-week. Put the garbage outside, away from the house daily.
  • We talked earlier about dryness. That means the kitchen and bathroom areas. For leaks, fix ’em ASAP.
  • Don’t let your dishes sit in the sink for more than a day. Can’t do that? Then submerge them in detergent water until you have a chance to wash them.

Keep Pests Out

There are two advantages when you insulate around doors and windows. First, you’re conserving energy, saving you from pouring too much money into the pockets of utility companies. Since we’re talking about pest control, sealing the cracks and crevices around moldings, baseboards, cupboards, sinks, toilets, pipes, ducts and electrical outlets keeps creatures from stumbling inside. Also:

  • Any vegetation (such as shrubs and tree limbs), firewood and basically any debris should not touch or be within a few feet from the exterior of your house.
  • Heating and cooling vents should have hole-less screens to keep buggers or small animals from using the area as an entranceway.

Please, don’t hesitate to call us at Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. if you get overwhelmed. But if you’re only at the low-nuisance stage, there are quite a few monsters you can deal with yourself.

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