There is nothing more horrifying than finding bugs or rodents in your bed or in your food. In Las Vegas, pest control is a major issue. It’s hot out there and those bugs and mice want a cool place to rest just as much as you do. There are some things you can do to prevent pests from entering your home. However, if they are already there, call a pest control company to get them out.
Cleaning Prevention Procedures
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some easy-to-do pest prevention techniques include keeping food in the kitchen or dining room. Pests are attracted by food. Even dry cereal has a smell that can attract the wrong kind of company.
Keeping the house clean can be a daunting task, especially if you have kids. Instead of feeling like you have to live in a museum, focus on cleaning up liquid spills quickly, don’t leave dirty dishes anywhere, including the sink, and run the disposal every time you drop something in the sink.
Storage Prevention Procedures
When you squeeze a bottle of honey, there will likely be some left on the lid. You’ll want to wipe that off with a warm rag before putting it back in the pantry. The same thing goes for peanut butter jars, syrups, oils, and chocolate sauce.
Buying a big bag of flour or sugar can be a money saver, but if it isn’t stored in an air-tight container, then the bugs will find their way in. You can buy large plastic buckets with food-safe lids to keep bugs out and preserve the food against spoiling.
If you have had a bug problem in the past, you may want to take your pantry to the next level of containment and dump cereals, crackers, and other often-opened items into plastic containers as well.
When you wonder if a food item is past its prime, throw it out. Don’t hesitate on this. Rotten food is like a neon sign for pests. They know there’s a party at the end of that smell and they all want to show up. Fruits and veggies can be especially potent. While trying to eradicate a bug problem, it may be a good idea to switch to frozen instead of fresh for a while.
Kill and Remove
When you’ve done all that you can to keep the pests away and you still have an infestation, you’re to the point of needing a professional. There’s nothing wrong with calling in reinforcements; you can bet those bugs are sending in as many soldiers as they can.
Some of the hardest-to-remove pests aren’t found in the kitchen; they are found in the bedroom. Bed bugs were thought to be eliminated from the U.S. back in the 50s, but since America has become a global nation, bed bugs have been reintroduced. It takes high heat and a lot of it to kill the bugs and their eggs. Therefore, you may need to block off a bedroom for treatment. Your technician will fill you in on the process.
Instead of trying to take them on by yourself, work with a Las Vegas pest control company to remove the pests and keep them from coming back. Many companies have maintenance plans available. If you live in an area full of bugs or mice, it can be a good investment for your future.