PEST CONTROL AND PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR PROPERTY
Termites, rodents, bugs and insects of various types are just some of the various pests that can be bothersome–even threatening–to your property or family, in some instances. What starts as a minor nuisance can, without proper treatment, quickly turn into an infestation. Therefore, pest control is one of those areas where an “ounce of prevention” can go a long way towards solving your troubles. Locate “Homeowner Approved” exterminators in Charlotte for all your pest control needs.

PEST CONTROL TIP – ELIMINATE SOURCES OF FOOD, WATER, AND SHELTER
Store all food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Make sure discarded food scraps are tightly sealed, and that garbage is regularly removed from the home. Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly-covered, inaccessible trashcans. Fix leaky plumbing. Do not let water accumulate in trays under houseplants or under the refrigerator. Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight. Minimize clutter: stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard provide excellent shelter for roaches and other pests. Close off entryways and hiding places by caulking cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards, and use wire mesh to fill openings where pipes or wires penetrate a wall, ceiling, or floor. Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into the home. Finally, remove all wood that is not serving a purpose away from the exterior of your home, including stacked firewood.

PEST CONTROL TIP – USE PESTICIDES SAFELY AND CORRECTLY
If you are attempting to control pests on your own, there are some basic precautionary steps to follow. Use baits as a first line of defense. These are applied to targeted areas of the room, minimizing your family’s exposure to the pesticide. When applying pesticide sprays or foggers, make sure you follow the application and safety instructions exactly. Don’t assume twice as much is twice as good. Use pre-mixed, ready-to-use pesticides whenever possible. Dispose of leftover pesticides and containers in accordance with local ordinances. Most importantly, keep children and pets away from areas where pesticides have been applied.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL EXTERMINATOR FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND PERSISTENT PROBLEMS
If your problem persists, or if you’re just looking for a safe and effective way to manage pests around your home, hire a professional pest control company. A professional pest control technician understands how, where, and why pests are thriving in your home. Through expert analysis, they can identify and eliminate the pest source, remove the pests without harming your home or your family, and offer prevention recommendations. For a reasonable maintenance fee, they will also return monthly or quarterly to treat your home and assure that your pest problem does not return.

ASK YOUR PROFESSIONAL TO EXPLAIN THE WORK PERFORMED
If you hire a professional exterminator, be sure to ask them to fully explain the source of the problem, the steps taken to correct it, and the names of the pesticides/techniques used to eliminate the pests. Write down the name and EPA registration number of any chemical used so you can research the pesticide, if needed. Your pest control professional should be able to provide necessary information about chemicals applied, including material safety data sheets. Finally, be sure to get safety instructions to protect both your family and your pets from accidental poisoning.

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