Get rid of food—keep food packed away in enclosed packages or refrigerator; clean dirt, crumbs & grease from cracks & cracks in particular. Don’t miss the pet food stored in the laundry room or driveway or the bags left available. To build a natural buffer, position the pet food bowl in a larger shallow pan filled with water for a chronic pet food infestation. Removing as far as possible eliminates the source of food for the insect.
Get rid of their water—look for places of excess moisture such as under sinks, shower/bath areas, hot water heaters, outside perimeter over-irrigation, & re-direct or uninstall air-conditioning systems to remove the water supply of the insect. Gutters containing biological leaf matter that is decomposing should be routinely washed. Pest Control is an excellent resource for this.
Get rid of their homes-inspect internal & outdoor storage areas and either position them away from the building such as firewood or place them in airtight plastic bins to remove the harbouring areas of the rodent. Note, this involves the garage & attic, especially when utilising cardboard storage boxes. Plastic is preferred because cardboard is the best home as it can be a source of food & a “nursery” for pests.
Remove branches & cut plants that are too close to the structure. Keep trimmed to remove simple movement from plant/tree to structure entry points about 2 feet apart.
Get rid of entry points-inspect external structure and seal up visible entry points around electrical ducts, drains, windows and doors. Foam sealant is both a fast and cheap remedy in a can. Not only can weather stripping on windows and doors keep out rodents, but energy quality can be increased.
If you’re not getting progress, get rid of over the counter pesticides. Wisely use pesticides – consider how they act & why. Know how to use them & what pests are caused by them. Ineffective pesticide usage is not only a waste of resources for your families & livestock, but an environmental threat. Knowing how to use the pesticide, when it can be used, how long and how much to use it is essential. Over request is as terrible as under request. It would just encourage the pests to spread and grow by adding the wrong items to the wrong locations.
The liability is ultimately not worth the savings, if any, to get rid of unlicensed applicators who doing it on the side”. There’s no redress for the user – what if the applicator is hurt on your property? What if you or your neighbours or pets are harmed/damaged by misapplication of pesticide? Or worst still is adding pesticide that you can’t see in your home incorrectly? To receive & retain their licences, a registered, insured & bonded state-regulated Pest Control provider must follow stringent requirements. It is to safeguard the customer. Know the supplier of pest control & make sure they are both approved & protected by the state. See if they belong, such as the Better Business Bureau, to industry-related associations & consumer welfare organisations.