Have you recently found out that your home is harboring several insect pests? Did you already call an exterminator but you also want to know if there is anything you can do right now? Getting rid of ants, roaches, and other pests is often a team effort between you and your exterminator. Your exterminator can use all possible pesticides but this may be ineffective if you don't also do your part. Some things that you can do, or start to do, while you wait for the exterminator to visit include:
Eliminate cardboard boxes: Several insect pests, including roaches and termites, will consume any cardboard boxes that are available. In the case of roaches, they may prefer to eat other things but can certainly live for some time off of cardboard boxes. Your first step towards pest control should be to start replacing your cardboard boxes with plastic totes wherever possible. Seasonal clothing that has been stored in cardboard boxes is often a veritable buffet and breeding ground for many different insects. Replacing these boxes with totes should be your first priority when trying to decide where to start.
Repackage your pantry: Not only can insects eat or simply chew through the cardboard boxes that hold your pancake mix, mashed potatoes, and noodles, ants and roaches are both able to chew through thin plastic bags in order to get at whatever is inside. Anything in your kitchen that is currently packaged in cardboard, plastic bags, or even Mylar should be placed into another container. If you can't afford to buy a lot of airtight plastic, metal, and glass food containers as part of your pest control efforts, you may find plastic totes an acceptable and less expensive alternative. Just be sure to seal the totes with something like duct tape.
Fix leaky faucets: As with any other animal life, insects are unable to survive without any water. If any of your faucets have a drip, no matter how slow the drip is, you need to have it fixed as soon as possible. Eliminating any water sources will help drive insect pests out of your home and back outside. As part of your pest control efforts, once the leak or leaks have been fixed, put tightly-fitting stoppers into the drains when not in use. This will prevent any insect from climbing down the pipes to get a drink from the water that remains in the U-bend of the drain.
For more tips, contact pest control companies like Ram Pest Management, LLC.