Whether it’s mice, cockroaches or raccoons, no one wants to deal with a pest infestation in their home. Luckily, there are pros specially trained to deal with and prevent these unwanted house guests. We spoke to Luqman Butter, President of Pestend Pest Control, to find out everything you need to know about pests. Learn more about how they get in and what you can do to get them out for good.
Most Common Pests and Their Seasons
A pest infestation can happen at any time during the year, but there are certain seasons that particular pests prefer. According to Luqman, rodents and wildlife tend to be most active at the end of fall and start of winter. As the temperature cools down, these pests look for comfort in our warm homes. They can make their way in through tiny cracks in our home’s exterior we might not be able to spot. Before you know it, you’ve got a family of squirrels hiding out in your attic all winter.
Once the weather begins to warm up again, the sun comes out and so do the bugs. During the spring and summer months, ants, wasps, bees and flies are active. These are the most common pests that can be inside or outside your home during the spring and summer.
Some pests don’t have a preference for a season and can invade your home at any time of year. When it comes to bed bugs, cockroaches, mice and rats, they’re happy to stop by no matter the season. While it might feel unsettling to know that pests can strike at any time, there are some preventative measures you can take to protect your home.
Pest Prevention Tips
Luqman believes that the best way to protect yourself from a possible infestation is to prevent it before it happens. He recommends that homeowners once a year do a general inspection of their home’s exterior. Look for any small cracks or holes where pests could enter. You should have these areas sealed with good quality caulking. A handyman can take care of this task for you.
Another tip is to make sure that both the interior and exterior of your home is clean. Like all living things, pests need food, water and shelter to survive. If you can eliminate these things, you have a better chance of staying pest-free. For example, make sure to keep your garbage cans tidy so they don’t look like a buffet to wildlife like rats and raccoons. For more wildlife prevention tips, check out this article.
What To Do If You Have Pests
If you discover a pest infestation in your home, Luqman’s biggest tip is to stay calm and call in the pros. While you may be tempted to find a fix yourself, Luqman cautions against this. In his experience, homeowners who try to DIY their pest problems tend to only make things worse. Your efforts to rid your home of pests may lead to spreading the pests throughout your home. What’s worse is this means you’ll end up spending more money. Save yourself the hassle and invest in hiring a trained pest control specialist before attempting a DIY fix.
One thing many homeowners do not realize is that pest control is a science. Pest control technicians take their work seriously and are very knowledgeable when it comes to pests and the right chemicals to treat them. Riding your home of spiders is very different from bed bugs, and these technicians are properly trained to have a solution to every pest problem.
How to Hire a Pest Removal Company
Much like starting any home improvement project, you want to do your research before you hire. You want to find a company with years of experience and a good reputation. Be sure to read reviews from past clients to learn more about other homeowners’ experiences with them. You also want to reach out to multiple companies to get quotes to compare.
Luqman’s biggest tip is to not go with the lowest quoted price. When it comes to pest removal, you get what you pay for. A company offering a very low price is likely not using the proper chemicals and will not ensure your problem is taken care of. You want to hire a company that is solution-driven and provides quality service. For more in-depth information, be sure to read this article about what to look for in a pest control company.
Discovering a pest infestation can send you into a panic. Before you start stressing out and trying to look up DIY solutions, your best bet is to call in the pros. They have the knowledge and experience to deal with any pest issue, big or small. Take some time to research companies and be sure to reach out to multiple for quotes. Invest in a company that ensures your satisfaction and won’t stop until every pest is gone. With HomeStars, you can easily get in touch with companies in your area by filling out a quote request form here.
Pestend Pest Control is a solution-driven company that works hard to ensure your home is pest-free. They also specialize in wildlife animal control. All technicians are licensed and experienced professionals who are always ready to solve any of your residential or business pest problems effectively and economically. Established in 2004, Pestend helps homeowners in and around the Greater Toronto area. Check out their HomeStars profile to read reviews from over 1,300 customers.