Not All Pest Management Works: When to Call a Professional

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Oliver Exterminating’s integrated Pestfree365 program recognizes that pests need shelter, food, water, and a way of getting into your home in order to gain a foothold. Deny pests like ants and mice those entry points and you’ll inevitably find fewer signs of infestations. However, many do-it-yourself pest management tactics like mosquito and tick control don’t work, and that’s when it’s time to call in the professionals at Oliver Exterminating. Here are four pest management tactics that don’t work and why it’s best to call in a pest management professional.

1. Treat the Root Cause, Not Only the Symptoms

One of the top reasons that do-it-yourself pest control can fall short is that Puerto Rican homeowners wind up treating the symptom of the pest issue rather than getting at the root cause of the problem.

For instance, putting out mouse traps instead of checking for cracks, holes, and vulnerabilities in your home’s foundation that might be allowing mice to literally slip through the cracks in the first place.

By getting at the root cause of the issue, you can significantly reduce the odds of falling victim to a pest infestation. Mice, cockroaches, ticks, and other pests can be transmitters of diseases and termites can cripple your home value, so it’s nothing to ignore.

If you think you have a pest problem in or around your home, then contact Oliver Exterminating for help. We provide wildlife control, bedbug control, mosquito and tick control, and more.

2. Mouse Repellent Might Not Be Enough…or Even Work

Some people suggest bay leaves, mint, and moth balls reduce the odds that mice make it into your home. The weird thing is that none of these tactics are shown to work effectively.

Peppermint and spearmint are additional DIY ways of attempting to reduce mice that just don’t get the job done. Essential oils might be great for your skin, but they’re certainly not the best way to get rid of mice in your home.

At Oliver Exterminating, our pest management involves effective management methods like checking to see if structural repairs are needed (e.g., for mice this would involve sealing your home’s exterior) and making lifestyle adjustments.

You might consider storing your food in plastic containers instead of leaving cookies on the counter in plastic wrap and securing your trash more effectively.

We specialize in rodent control so whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or property manager, Oliver Exterminating can help. Don’t leave your pest problems to luck. Make sure to contact a pest professional as soon as possible.

3. Coffee Grounds, White Vinegar, and Ants

Although boric acid might be an effective ant bait—unlike coffee grounds, white vinegar, ground cinnamon, and dish water (all suggestions online)—boric acid bait likely won’t kill every ant in a colony and there are toxicity issues to worry about. The best way to deal with an ant infestation is to rely on the expert knowledge of the pest management professionals at Oliver Exterminating.

4. Fabric Softener Sheets, Mosquitoes, and Gnats

Fabric softener sheets are said to keep mosquitoes and gnats away but there’s really no scientific basis for that claim. The main ingredient in fabric softener sheets thought to keep mosquitoes away, linalool, was looked into by the EPA back in 2007 because the claims were getting out of control for mosquito and tick control.

The EPA concluded that: “the efficacy data on [linalool] may not support certain claims to repel mosquitoes.” So, if dryer sheets don’t really work, what should homeowners do in the meantime to cut down on mosquitoes?

Going back to the control methods with Oliver Exterminating’s Pestfree365 program, you want to look at how mosquitoes are able to thrive around your home.

Eliminating standing water from around your home is a good place to start but for more serious mosquito and tick control, you need to capitalize on the expertise of Oliver Exterminating’s pest control specialists who understand mosquitoes’ breeding habits and the most effective management methods. Not all pest management tactics work, so it’s best to contact a pest management professional to take care of all your pest needs the moment you notice something is amiss before it becomes more of a problem.