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5 DIY Pest-Control Tips

Have a strategy

First, you need to come up with a plan. Identify the particular pests involved, and the area you need to treat. With many pests, it’s not enough to treat the specific spots where pests are visible. You may also need to treat the perimeter outside your house, or block entrance routes. Sizing up the situation and coming up with a comprehensive plan of attack before you buy anything will help you figure out exactly what you need. While you may be tempted to try and skimp – say, by only treating certain areas indoors – this may not actually be the bargain you may think. That’s because this approach may not effectively handle your problem, forcing you to keep buying more products – which can end up costing you more in the long run.

Choose a product that kills many pests

If you’re like many homeowners, you aren’t dealing with just one single type of pest. Most likely, you have at least a few different types of pests trying to invade your home at any given time. Juggling a big assortment of products isn’t very practical—and can also get expensive. Many insecticides kill a long list of bugs. Look for a product that offers comprehensive protection against a wide variety of pests.

Use a concentrated formula

Concentrated products give you lots of killing power from a relatively small amount of product. This is very convenient, while also being budget-friendly. As a bonus, you can make fewer orders or purchases, and you don’t have to worry about running out as often.

Look for the most cost-efficient (and convenient) choice

Again, this is where some foresight and planning can be so helpful. The cheapest option may not necessarily be the best choice, if it won’t provide the protection you need for a sufficient period of time. For example, a fly strip may be cheap, but it can only provide limited effectiveness for short periods of time. You may need several of them, with frequent replacements. On the other hand, investing in a fly light –  which can kill large numbers of pests over an extended period, with little maintenance on your part – may be a much better option. Also, if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and energy on pest-fighting efforts, you want to look for products that boast long-lasting effects.

Keep safety in mind

If there are children or pets in your household, you want to be especially careful about the products you choose. Avoid putting any baits, poisons or other dangerous chemicals where kids or pets can come in contact with them. In addition, you need to be careful about using insecticides near food or cooking areas.


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