While pests are generally annoying, a few of them can be dangerous. Pests like mosquitoes and ticks cause life-threatening diseases while bees and wasps sting painfully, and in some people, these stings induce a severe allergy. Dust mites, bugs, and other insects can also worsen allergies and breathing problems. Even pests like rats can be dangerous since they spread diseases and, like termites, weaken the home foundation by nesting in the walls.
Fortunately, there are many excellent ways to control such dangerous household pests. Controlling these dangerous pests consists of a two-pronged approach to prevention and elimination if the infestation is underway. When trying to control dangerous household pests, the best approach is to call in pest control professionals trained to handle these situations. These are the nine best ways to control dangerous household pests:
Seal All Gaps
Pests sneak in through gaps in the home, like around your piping, joints and seams, and even outlets for plumbing, vents, etc. Use caulking and insulation foam to block off such gaps.
Netting on the windows and doors is a great way to prevent dangerous pests like mosquitoes from entering. Do not leave your doors and windows open if you live in areas where these pests are prevalent.
Growing Deterrent Herbs
Herbs like garlic, marigold, and rosemary are supposedly good at discouraging pests, so growing them in pots or your backyard can deter dangerous invasive pests like plant lice and mosquitoes.
Do Not Attempt to Destroy Nests
If you see a beehive or wasp nest, do not try to destroy it on your own! Call in pest control professionals to deal with it safely.
Maintain Temperature and Humidity Optimally
Surprisingly you can deter many pests by just maintaining a temperature and humidity level that deters them. Most pests like warmth and moisture, and you see more of them in summer and rainy seasons. Temperatures around 75-80 degrees and 70-80% internal humidity encourage pest proliferation. Find out the optimal temperature and humidity for your area by consulting local experts and maintaining those values.
Trim Overhanging Plants and Trees
Many pests like spiders use tree limbs that hang close to home to gain entry into your home. Keeping these trimmed regularly and not growing bushes too close to home can prevent such pests’ entry.
Keep Out Wildlife Pests
Deers, raccoons, and other wild animals can carry ticks and small parasites that cause diseases. Keep your trash cans covered to dissuade such animals from entering your property.
Don’t Pick Up Discarded Curbside Furniture
People often discard their furniture on the curbside or in open spaces because it may be infested with pests like bed bugs or termites. Notably, old mattresses and cushiony sofas should be avoided.
Clean Your Home Regularly
Get into every nook and cranny as many older homes have silverfish that can eat through valuable old books. Hire professionals to clean if there is too much to get through. Lots of pests hide in ignored corners of the home. Also, discard rotting food and the garbage correctly and on time. You can also use non-toxic pesticides to control dangerous pests when the infestation is not too big. Keep your eyes open for pest infestation signs and learn to recognize the top dangerous pests in your locale so that you can be proactive about controlling them. In doing so, you would not only keep your family out of harm but also your neighborhood, since pest infestations can often spread to nearby homes.