Pest management is a very important part of home ownership; insects and rodents can chew through wood, drywall, insulation, and even electrical wiring, and can leave behind droppings, germs, and bacteria that create a health hazard in your home. While this aspect of home ownership is very important, many people fail to understand some basics about professional pest management, which then allows pests to infest their home very easily.
Note a few of those basics here so you're sure your home is always safe and protected from pests of all sorts.
The pest controller
A professional pest controller is not someone who simply loads up on sprays and traps; to be licensed, this person usually needs to go through many hours of training in a classroom setting. They will learn how to identify different pests and signs of an infestation, how to find the entry that pests have used to get into your home, and how to find their nest or colony.
Pest controllers are also instructed on various types of chemicals to use for pests, as well as how much to apply to be effective yet safe. Their thorough training is one reason you want to consider always using such an expert for your home's pest control needs.
Some homeowners think the chemicals used by pest control companies are somehow stronger, and therefore more dangerous. On the contrary, pest control companies often use the same chemicals in your home that are used in hospitals, restaurants, and other such facilities where extra caution is needed about air cleanliness and contamination. These professionals will take into consideration your safety and the safety of your pets when using any of these chemicals in or around your home.
Even with the best pest control services, pests can sometimes return and infest your home once again; this is especially true if you don't follow the controller's advice on how to keep your home safe from pests. For example, not covering your kitchen trash can easily attract mice and roaches, no matter how many traps a pest controller sets out. Standing water also attracts pests, who need a water source as well as a food source; if you don't address plumbing leaks and a basement that floods, pests will often return. Your pest controller will do everything possible to seal up entry points and destroy nests and colonies, but as the homeowner, you also need to do your part to avoid attracting new pests!