Who isn’t trying to save money these days? Whether you are swearing off new clothes, avoiding the movie theater and fine dining, or taking public transportation instead of spending the money on gas, it seems like everyone is trying to cut some corners and save some dough. And it is no surprise – even though the economy seemed to be on the upswing for a short time, the most recent reports say it is contracting again. It can be hard to keep up! But even the most frugal amongst us realize that we still need to spend money on certain necessities like food, rent, insurance, etc., especially when it comes to the health of our families. What about pest control, though? If you have recently found a pest problem in your home, or you are worried that you might get a pest problem in the near future, you might be wondering whether you can control the problem on a budget. The good news is that the answer to that question is “Yes.” Below are some tips for budget conscious pest control.
Calling in a professional to deal with your pest problem may be your first instinct, but these professional exterminators can cost a lot of money. So a family on a budget may want to try some other possible solutions before deciding to spend the cash on an exterminator. The first line of defense is to keep a clean home. Bugs will be attracted by garbage that sits in your kitchen too long, dirty dishes that stay in the sink for days, or juice spills that never get cleaned up. A clean home will not be as welcoming to the creepy crawlers that you don’t want inhabiting your home. Also be on the lookout for any dripping or leaking pipes, standing water, or moist carpets. These are hospitable homes to bugs. Firewood is another dangerous lure for bugs, so store yours outdoors if you can.
If you keep your home clean but still find bugs, you can always find pest control products sold in regular grocery, hardware and convenience stores and some use a backpack sprayer. Products like “Raid” can be sprayed right on the bugs in your home, killing them pretty quickly. There are also traps and baits available on the market. But – which is why they work in killing bugs – and so you need to be very careful with them. Don’t use them on a counter where you prepare food, for example, or in your child’s bedroom. If you do use one of these poison filled products, make sure you thoroughly clean the area after you have used them. These products are not expensive, so they can be a good option when used correctly.
Even if you take these steps, though, you may still find that you have a pest problem. Calling anmay be your best bet. Call several in your area, though, and find the one that has the best price and a good reputation. It is important to remember that these people will be in your home, and so you need to trust them as they will be walking through every room in the house. You should also consider looking for exterminator companies that use green, environmentally friendly practices. Many exterminators use harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment, and so ask the companies that you call about what kind of products they use before signing up with them.
About the Author: Karen Miller has been writing about pest control topics for companies likefor more than a decade. When not writing, Karen is generally at home with her kids or at the gym working out.