No Westmount homeowner wants termites, roaches or rats to infest their home. However, such a situation can happen all too easily. Those homeowners seeing signs of a pest problem may want to take steps to address the issue, as an infestation can damage a home and even worsen some existing health conditions.
Depending on the type of pest and extent of the problem, there are a few ways to deal with a pest infestation, including professional extermination and handling underlying issues that can increase the likelihood of a reoccurrence. Know more about what to do when pests make a home theirs.
Identification of the Pest
It is important to identify the pest itself before beginning remediation. Some types of products can be used to effectively eradicate some types of pests and not others. While the start of an infestation may be addressed by a homeowner, a more significant issue will need to be handled through a professional. Attracted by sources of food and water, those looking to prevent an infestation or avoid a reoccurrence may want to regularly throw away garbage, remove crumbs, and clean floors and counters.
Termites and cockroaches are only a few of the insects that can be found in an infested home. Initial signs of a termite infestation include the discovery of small particles that resemble sawdust or potential wings. An infestation may be well underway and a homeowner may discover that upon knocking on wood, a hollow sound emerges. Cockroaches are another common pest that can contaminate food and trigger allergy issues. They may find a way to a home in cardboard boxes, secondhand appliances or grocery bags. Evidence of cockroaches may be found in kitchens and bathroom, as well as under common household appliances.
Pest Remediation Route Available
After identification, a professional may be used to address the problem. Some homeowners may also take steps to fix the issue. There are individuals that prefer a DIY or natural route. Diatomaceous earth may be recommended for particular pests. However, other chemical solutions are also effective and may be needed when there is a serious infestation.
Some pests are known to be difficult to eradicate, as is the case with termites. Others like cockroaches are easier to deal with as they do not linger long in areas without the resources they require, including newspapers, cardboard and magazines. In addition to the immediate elimination, a homeowner may need to take steps to pest-proof their home. In some instances, it may be necessary to take care of leaking pipes, cracks and holes in the foundation, roof damage and other potential entry points and resources.
Are You an Expert?
Aside from termites and cockroaches, bats, rats, ticks, bedbugs and ants are among the range of common pests in Canadian homes. Such pests can be found in basements, attics, bathrooms and kitchens. Those suspecting an infestation may detect unusual smells, shredded paper, pest droppings, tracks marks or grease. It is important not to ignore these initial signs but to quickly look to remediate the problem.
With an array of products and pesticides available on the market and through the services of an exterminator or a DIY project, there is little reason not to take action when a pest problem presents itself to a homeowner. Doing so can help protect the value of a home and the health of occupants. Speak to a professional exterminator to learn more about different solutions for a pest problem.
By Justin Havre