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Dealing with Pests in Your Home

There are two elements to dealing with pests of most types; preventative measures and reactive measures. Preventative measures are things that you can do to avoid attracting pests in the first place, making reactive measures unnecessary. Reactive measures are things that you can do to deal with (read: kill and/or scare away) pests in your home or apartment.

Preventative Measures

The first preventative measure can be tough but somewhat obvious; be clean. Pests look for several things, primarily, when they're in your home or apartment. The first is food; pests want to eat. I know, obvious, but what isn't so obvious is the ways that this issue can manifest. Frequently leaving trash in the home, even in the trash can, can breed and attract pests. Dishes in the sink or even empty food and drink containers in recycling bins may bring pests into your home. Especially if you're living in an apartment or share a wall, ceiling or other divider with another person or persons; you may attract pests from another, messier, residence. This may mean you'll have to be very rigorous in your preventative measures, even if your apartment or home isn't the primary reason for the presence of the pests.

Another thing that can attract pests is warm places. Mice and rats are warm blooded animals; they need warm places to survive. Piles of clothing, blankets and the like can provide places for warm blooded pests to hide and live so keeping the area as free from assorted warm places for them to live spread about the floor is a good way to avoid them taking up residence in the place that you live.

Transition points are places that allow pests into your home. Depending on the sizes of the pests, the places from which they could enter your home vary significantly but maintaining basic upkeep can help avoid the breach points through which many pests can enter your home or other living space.

Reactive Measures

Once you've established that you've got some pests in your home or apartment, its time for the reactive measures. The first measure is evaluation. Evaluation is the process of figuring out which types of pests you have, where they are, what they're after and where they're coming in from. Thankfully, though they can be fast and annoying, frequently pests aren't terribly sneaky. They tend to leave different types of evidence of their passing or residence and locating where they're congregating can make a huge difference in future preventative measures and reactive measures. If you know where they are, you can know why they're there and how to deal with them. For example, some pests are attracted warm, wet spaces or other specific area profiles which can help you make life unpleasant for them enough to drive them off or fix whatever attracted them to that location in the first place.

Setting traps in locations you've identified as potential issues is the next step. There are a variety of trap types and makes and even 'humane' traps that allow you to re-release a pest into the wild. Traps can be found at many hardware stores in your area and usually have specifications of how, when and for which pests they're to be used. Combining your evaluation of your pest problem and the use of the proper traps in the evaluated locations can be enough to take care of minor pest problems.

The final step in measures to address pest problems is calling the professionals. Keep something in mind; they're experienced, presumably skilled and obviously are going to know more than you will but do not let yourself pay someone to come and do something for you that you could do yourself. Frequently professional exterminators use many markers you could find for yourself like warm areas, food sources and pest leftovers and use traps that you could buy yourself. This is why this option is a last resort and you should use research, careful examination of reviews and the like to ensure that whomever you're thinking of hiring to assist in this process is a professional who is going to add value to solving your pest problem.

Pests are annoying, lower property values and can make people sick by polluting food sources and the like. Getting rid of them should be a priority for anyone who is owning a home or renting an apartment. Use these tips to deal with pests or potential pests yourself or with the help of a professional. Good luck and happy hunting!

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