Things are difficult right now with COVID-19 turning our lives upside down and keeping us inside our homes for longer periods of time. If you are having pest problems, you may not want an exterminator coming because of concerns about cost and safety. Because of this, we offer simple, cheap ways to squash a bug problem.
Having pests in your home creates health problems and is especially harmful for people with asthma. Whether its roaches, mice, or other insects, you have to get tough to get rid of them. There are many easy things you can do to keep them out.
Professionals suggest using multiple approaches and common-sense practices for prevention and control.
Use these tips to reduce harm in your home:
- Don’t let them get in your house easily. Seal up cracks and holes as much as you can. Use caulk, copper or stainless-steel scrubbing pads cut to fit, and foam where possible.
- A crumb is a feast to a pest, so keep your home clean. Empty trash frequently, keep food out of living rooms and bedrooms, and wash dirty dishes and counter tops promptly.
- Seal your food. Use sealed plastic containers for flour, cereal, or grains, or close up tight any opened packages.
- Be careful using over-the-counter pest sprays. These are only spot treatments and not effective for the whole house. Plus, they can be dangerous poisons to children and pets, and cause breathing problems if inhaled.
- For a safe and effective solution, use Boric Acid powder along cracks and corners and places where bugs have been seen (Use MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder™ or similar product). Bugs will take it back to their nest and eventually kill them. This isn’t a quick solution but over the long term it works very well. It will make your home hostile to pests. Boric Acid powder is nontoxic to pets and children in small amounts.