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Protect Your Home from Pests this Winter

Pests; they're everywhere. They crawl, they fly, and they hide in your home. No house, it seems, is safe from pests. Cockroaches, ants, and mice infestations are a serious threat to the safety of your home and your family. From the attic down to the dark basement, they invade your home and make life difficult for everyone. But if your first impulse is to reach for that household pesticide in the hardware store, think again. Pesticides you get from the supermarket are either insecticides for killing insects or rodenticides used to exterminate rats and mice. But both types are poisonous chemicals and if not handled carefully, they'll have negative impact on your health, your family, pets and the environment.

Safety when using pesticides

If you have a small pest problem and you decide to use a pesticide product yourself to deal with it, there are safety precautions to follow. Most pesticide poisoning occurs by ingesting the chemical so make sure to cover food and cooking utensils before you apply the pesticide. Pets, too, are quite vulnerable to the dangers of household pesticides so always remove or cover fish tanks and bird cages from the room that needs to be treated. And after you apply the chemicals, clean all surfaces and utensils before you use them again. If you use fly spray, open the windows to air the place before you allow children and pets back.

Homemade solutions for the pest problem

Alternatively, you should consider other methods to control pests that you can handle safely. One way is to make your place as inhospitable to rodents and insects as you can. Getting rid of leftover pet food will discourage rodents from exploring your home to feed. If you throw food crumbs in the garden to feed birds you might be inadvertently attracting mice and rats to your house. For flies, keep the lid closed tight on trash cans. Also growing pyrethrum daisies near your door will repel flies. Speaking of repellent plants, having spearmint and peppermint plants around the periphery of your garden will keep away ants and aphids. Other plants that have repelling effect on various insects include garlic, cayenne pepper, talcum powder, baking soda, and powdered charcoal. Pests are a nuisance and when you have aging parents, then a bug-free house is one way to make your home safe, comfortable and secure for them.

Using a pest management professional

If the pest problem is larger than a few cockroaches, it's always better to call a professional pest controller. As mentioned, handling pesticides on your own poses a grave danger to your health and your loved ones as well. Using a professional pest controller, especially licensed ones, will make the whole process of exterminating pests much safer and less of a headache. So if you have an infestation problem that's getting out of hand, hiring a professional exterminator is the right thing to do.

Pests are annoying intruders in your house. But fighting them with household pesticides carries its own risks. In most cases using preventive actions and repelling rodents and bugs with natural ways will keep your home safe and your family and pets in good health.

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