5 Tricks Professionals Don’t Tell You About Getting Pests Out of Your Home

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Environment with 1 Comment

Dealing with pest problems is nobody’s idea of a good time. Insects and rodents often seem to pop up from nowhere, and getting rid of them can be a real head-scratcher. Pest control Austin is often best left to the professionals, but before making that call, you may want to get an idea of what to expect. The pros certainly have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to rid your residence of unwanted intruders; here are five of the most commonly used.

(1) Inspection and Monitoring

The first step in resolving a pest problem is evaluating the situation. One must determine what type of pest is present, where they are in the home and how they got in. Numerous tools can come into play, including:


  • Ultraviolet (UV) lights, which can help detect traces of rodent urine, presence of scorpions, etc.;
  • Infrared thermography, a non-intrusive means of identifying heat sources behind walls and other solid surfaces;
  • Glue boards, used to entrap pests in specific parts of a home and identify the specific types that must be dealt with.

(2) Fumigation
If you’ve ever seen a house enrobed in what looked like a circus tent, then you’ve seen fumigation at work. In this process, poisonous fumigant is administered into an enclosed home, where it remains for a prescribed amount of time to kill off known pests. Afterward, a thorough ventilation process returns the building to a safely inhabitable state. 

(3) Advanced Trapping

Many professionals rely on tools similar to those that can be found on typical store shelves, including rodent traps. The difference is that experienced technicians will have a much better feel for how mice and rats tend to gain entry, what they’re attracted to and how they move about the home, making trap placement much more productive and fruitful.

(4) Environment Control

Many insects are drawn to moisture, including cockroaches. That’s why many experts utilize commercial-grade dehumidifiers as part of pest control, placing them in strategic spots such as damp basements. Drying out the atmosphere makes it tough for these types of insects to thrive, making it a common step in cockroach control. 


(5) Powerful Poisons

Several pesticides and rodenticides are commonly available, but as with traps, they are often better suited to professional use. Technicians are also qualified to employ much stronger poisons than those sold commercially, potentially producing better results while sparing you unnecessary exposure to harmful solutions.

Contact a professional to determine which method will be the most effective to rid your home of unwanted pests.

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