There is a reason we like to call annoying people pests. That’s because pests make our lives miserable. Whether it’s bed bugs, cockroaches or rodents, suffering a pest infestation can turn your life upside down. It won’t be long before you’re so stressed you won’t know what to do.
Fortunately, you don’t have a lot of options here. Pest control is pretty much your only move here. However, people usually refuse to go this route until it’s too late. Well, we’re here to help you make this step before things go out of hand. And, we’re going to do it the only way we know how – by telling you all you need to know about pest control.
It Can Happen To Everyone
First of all, that feeling of shame that’s been eating you up the same way termites are eating up your house’s foundation needs to go – the same way those termites need to go. A pest infestation can happen to everyone, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. You could have the cleanest, most pristine house on the block, and you can still get bed bugs just because you’ve found yourself at the wrong spot and the wrong time. The same thing applies to ants, termites, cockroaches, rats, mice and any other pest you can think of.
Maintenance Could Lower Your Chances Of Infestation
Even though you can’t prevent a pest infestation from happening, you can do a lot of things to make it harder for pests to join you in your home. By maintaining your house and yard, you will significantly lower your chances of having to deal with the most common household pests.
Regularly checking and inspecting your foundation and loft spaces, pipes, sealing frames, screen etc. – you can prevent a problem that could cause a pest infestation to happen. Also, keeping things clean inside the house and not leaving any food in the open can make your home less appealing to common household bugs. To be fair, having bugs in your home does not mean your home is dirty. However, keeping it clean means that there’s less of a chance of infestation ever happening.
Furthermore, your house isn’t the only thing that needs regular maintenance – your yard needs one, too. You shouldn’t have flowers and plants growing right next to your house’s foundation. We know it looks good, but what it also does is prevent you from seeing what’s going on behind it. Also, don’t keep any debris, like old logs, in your backyard. A thing like that is a breeding ground for insects like termites, ants, spiders and more.
Acting Early Could Save You Time And Money
You should act as soon as you notice that you have a problem. Ten times out of ten, the pest infestation isn’t going away on its own, and instead of ignoring the problem or trying to deal with it yourself – call a professional.
Professional pest control services are your best bet to solve your problem quickly and efficiently. Even though quick and efficient usually doesn’t mean a single treatment, these things don’t last as long as people are led to believe they are, but that’s not even a point.
Ignoring the problem will only make matters worse – especially if you’re dealing with an insect infestation. The longer you wait, the more time the bugs have on their hands to wreak havoc in your household and increase in numbers while they’re doing so. Because like it or not, if bugs are present in your household, they’ve made it their home, which means, somewhere near, there are thousands of them just waiting to be hatched.
If you let it go that far, you’ve already wasted time, and if you continue down the same path, you’ll not only have to spend money on a pest control crew, you’ll also spend a lot of money on repairs. So, act early!
Pest Control Might Take Long
Despite what you’ve seen on TV, pest control usually doesn’t include you moving out for a week and your home being sealed off in plastic and being pumped with various chemicals. In the real world, pest control usually lasts for about a day, and most of the time, you don’t even have to leave your house at all. So, how long will it take?
If we’re talking about preventive treatments for common household insects like ants, cockroaches or spiders – the intervention shouldn’t take any more than 15 to 30 minutes. In fact, this is a common practice in Australia, seeing how many crawling creatures are there in Aussie. Most people just go on about their day like nothing’s happening.
Now, if there’s an active act or cockroach infestation going on, that could probably take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours, depending on how severe the issue is. Also, this kind of intervention is almost always done during springtime – for two reasons. Number one, generally speaking, the best time for pest control is spring, and number two – that’s usually the time people pick up on their problems.
If you’re dealing with a termite infestation, that could take up to 4 hours, depending on how big of a problem you have, and if you have a problem with rodents – that could take anywhere from 15 minutes to 15 hours, once again, depending on the severity of the issue.
The thing you have to keep in mind is that even though treatments don’t take long – seeing results might.
Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from days to months for your household to be pest-free. For instance, if you’re dealing with ants, the treatment will usually begin to work within the first 48 hours, but it takes anywhere from several weeks to several months for your home to be ant-free.
However, some other bugs aren’t as resilient. Cockroaches will probably die out within two months, but it could just as easily take only two weeks for your household to be pest-free. It all depends on the extent of the infestation. As for bed bugs, they’ll all be dead within four to five hours if the infestation is localized.
Finally, even with all that being said, some pests can prove to be quite challenging to get rid of, and it is not uncommon for pest control to pay your house a visit more than once. The thing is, you have to be as tenacious as those pests if you want to get rid of them. If it takes months – so be it. It’s not like you’re going to have to move out while you’re fighting your battles.