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Keep Your Loved Ones Healthy and Safe With Proper Pest Control

Sep 26th 2015 at 5:13 AM

When pests enter your home, the door opens to disease, danger and destruction. While the vast majority of animals and insects on Earth do not affect human life, those few that do, more than make up for the others. Consider rats and mice that gobble up 2.5 billion dollars in food materials or mosquitos who carry more than a dozen diseases, including West Nile virus and yellow fever. Squirrels find their way to attics and cockroaches to kitchens and bathrooms. Family members cannot help feeling uneasy living in close proximity to insects and unwanted animals, nor can they assume these intruders bring no diseases.

Families have two choices regarding maintaining the health and safety of their home when faced with the onslaughts of pests: try to handle the challenge at home or pay a professional to do the job. Any decisions should be preceded by serious research. Investigate local sources of information first, and then move on to the Internet. What you are trying to do is find out how to prevent insects or animals from moving in with you and what to do if infested. As you investigate, do not be led astray by unreliable information, whether it comes from a neighbor or the Internet. Concentrate on the sites run by federal and state officials.

Family members can take un-dramatic but effective steps to head off pests before they enter the house.Try to control moisture. Eliminate wood-earth intersections and end downspouts well away from foundation walls. Check for standing water and building areas in constant shadow. Pests can be sealed out, too. Cracks in foundations and holes made by piping should be blocked. Torn window and door screen holes should be repaired. Prefer solid materials like cement and strong wire mesh screening. Family sanitation habits should be reviewed. Inside and outdoor garbage containers should be cleaned frequently and tightly lidded. Food should never be allowed to sit out and should be stored in appropriate closed containers.

In the event that animals like squirrels or other critters have found their way indoors, use a three-step process to eliminate them: remove them from the premises, close up their entrances and shore up the living structure—soffits, vents, eaves—and clean up. Clean up is particularly important for your family’s health because animal excrement in addition to its smell and loathsomeness, breeds salmonella, a biohazard.

If you are uncertain about your family’s ability to cope with the pest-elimination tasks, contact a professional. Today’s experts are can handle many of the common infestations with up-to-date methods. For more in-depth information about pest control in Raleigh, visit this website.

Author Bio:

David has over 10 years of experience dealing with Pest Control situations. You can find his thoughts at Livejournal blog.

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