Many businesses in communities around the world have been forced to close their doors to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, leaving many workers to operate from the safety of their homes. As you and your loved ones spend more time at home in these unprecedented conditions, protecting your family and home from unwanted pests is more important than ever. In many cases, with the closure of businesses and an increase in home activity, pests like cockroaches and rodents will be forced to seek out new resources. With fewer options for food, water, and shelter, they will have less to prevent them from venturing out into broad daylight. That’s why the pest control experts at Palmetto Exterminators are continuing to work hard to reduce the threat of pest-borne diseases to homes and businesses.
The pests that have caused frustration, as well as infestations, for many home and business owners will continue to do so, as they are known for being able to easily adapt to environmental changes. With the increased amount of garbage being created, stacks of cardboard boxes being delivered, and clutter from the extended time being spent in your home, there are many new hiding spots for pests, especially your garage or next to trash cans. To prevent a pest infestation, make the most of your time at home with these safe pest control tips:
Tidy Up Your Home
Clearing out clutter and messes is the first line of defense against pests. Crumbs or damp spots in your kitchen can attract crawlers from the dark corners of your home. Remember to regularly check expired food and remove trash as soon as possible to eliminate additional temptations for pests.
Close Off Entry Points
Pests like snakes and mice can enter your home through small cracks under doors. Insects can fly through cracked windows to invade your space. Search your home for any of these problem areas and make plans to perform the repairs necessary to seal them. These quick, simple fixes go a long way in preventing future pests.
Mosquitoes and roaches are attracted to moisture both inside and outside the home. Remove free-standing water and debris from your yard to decrease burrowing opportunities for insects and other pests. Move garbage and recycling bins away from the house to decrease the chance of drawing pests closer to the house structure.
Protect with DIY Pest Control Remedies
Place recycled coffee grounds in areas of your home that you suspect to have insect invaders. Ants are especially vulnerable to this method, as coffee grounds are attractive yet lethal to these critters.
Peppermint Essential Oil
To fight off ants, spiders, and mosquitoes, mix peppermint essential oil with water in a spray bottle, then spray the mixture on doorways and windows. This all-natural remedy keeps pests at-bay while adding a pleasant, refreshing scent to your home.
Turn your happy hour into a pest control party! Place saucers containing ½ cup of beer in front of major entryways to ward off cockroaches. For extra defense against these home invaders, scatter multiple saucers throughout your home, paying extra attention to problem areas such as the garage and near trash cans.
Get Professional Exterminators for the Most Effective Pest Control
Recognized as an essential service by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the professional pest control industry will continue to maintain a critical role in protecting public health, food, and residential and commercial properties. With the diseases, dangers, and injuries that are accompanied by many pests, the professional pest control industry proves how critical our work can be, especially while many of us are spending more time in our homes with loved ones. Palmetto Exterminators has helped protect the health and safety of our customers for over 58 years and will continue to do so during these uncertain times.
If the methods above do not alleviate your pest problem, get in touch with Palmetto Exterminators! We have special pest services to help with all pest issues, small and large. To ensure safety for our customers during COVID-19, we are taking extra precautions with our services. All team members will wear gloves and masks when entering your home, in addition to following the CDC’s best practices for hand washing and social distancing. Learn how you can get a free inspection today at one of our many service areas.