Pest control is a necessary part of home maintenance and it can include many different services, depending on the kind of infestation. Pests like rats, mice, cockroaches, bees, wasps and ants can cause damage to property, spread disease and create unpleasant odours. Keeping aon top of hygiene, good housekeeping and preventing infestations by removing food sources and other lures will help to avoid the need for pest control.
There are a number of ways that pests can be controlled, including trapping, baiting and fumigation. A pest control company will be able to advise you on the best methods for controlling a specific infestation. For example, traps can be placed inside a building or in a garden, where a nest may have been discovered. Baits can be used to attract and then release a pest to be killed by a trap or poison. This can be a very effective way of controlling a pest infestation, especially if the traps are checked regularly and any caught pests removed from the traps.
Alternatively, a pest control company Hertfordshire pest control can carry out pest proofing, which involves creating barriers to prevent pests from entering a property or a garden. This can be done by sealing cracks, gaps and holes in a building’s structure and removing potential hiding places such as overgrown vegetation. Other methods such as putting out a pheromone lure in the garden can also be very effective in attracting and killing pests.
If you have an extensive infestation, then pesticides can be used. However, you should be aware that this can be a dangerous method of pest control and it is always advisable to have a professional pest controller carry out any use of pesticides in your property or garden.
A professional pest control expert will first perform a thorough inspection of your property for signs of a pest problem, before deciding on a suitable treatment. They will then carry out a comprehensive treatment of your home, or commercial premises, which will remove the pests and prevent them from returning.
You can also prevent pests in your property by ensuring that you keep waste bins tightly shut and secure, not leaving rubbish out after collection, storing food correctly and placing it in wheelie bins and sealed containers when you are not using it. Keeping gardens well-maintained and removing overgrown vegetation can also help to deter rodents, as will keeping rubbish bags away from the side of buildings or sheds. Rodents can gnaw through wires, which can then short-circuit and cause fire.
Landlords are normally responsible for pest control in rented properties, but this can vary. You should check your tenancy agreement or speak to your landlord about this. You can also contact a specialist pest control company such as Pest Defence in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridge to help you with any problems. They can offer one-off treatments, emergency response and fully comprehensive pest control service contracts covering Broxbourne, Hoddesdon and Hertford. They will give preventative advice and always use environmentally friendly, humane products where possible.