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How Do You Make Pests Feel Unwelcome in Your Home?

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While it may be easy to keep human visitors away from your home, the same is not always true for small creepy crawlies or pests that are constantly looking for a new nesting site. And, although summer usually signals the biggest influx of pests in the yard, the arrival of fall tends to move populations indoors and create much larger problems for homeowners that are not ready to coexist with insects, rodents or other unwanted pests. As you might imagine, it is important to ensure your home is always protected no matter what season it may be – and the process typically is not as hard as many homeowners might imagine.

Once insects move into a home, it is often extremely hard to remove them without the assistance of a professional. What starts as a single cockroach or mouse can quickly become a full-blown infestation if the right precautions and safety measures have not been taken to prevent them from gaining a foothold. Instead of rolling out the red carpet, we have compiled 5 key steps that homeowners can take to make pests feel unwelcome in their own homes as well as some of the signs that more in-depth treatments may be needed by a licensed and experienced pest control professional for home pest control services.

Easy Tips to Prevent Indoor Pest Problems

In most instances, focusing on exclusion will likely be the most important thing to keep in mind to ensure your home makes pests feel unwelcome. While most effective plans will include some sort of preventative pest control assistance, keeping other considerations in mind about the current status of a home and the surrounding landscape can create an even wider perimeter that actively encourages pests to move to other locations and ensures they stay far away from potential entry points that may be available. Some of the tips that Emtec Pest Control recommends include:

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Maintaining Your Lawn

From tall grass in the summer to piles of decaying leaves in the fall, many different pest problems poorly maintained lawns can cause for homeowners. Many pests will seek cover in these areas because of the cover they provide from potential predators or the nourishment they gain by utilizing them as a food source. Unfortunately, once pests take advantage of these areas for nesting sites, it is only a matter of time before they discover the inside of a home may be a more suitable fit.

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Securing the Perimeter

While many homeowners may actively spray insecticides around their homes annually, this may not be providing the level of support needed for the wide variety of pest bugs that could be seeking new food sources or nesting locations indoors. Instead of reaching for the solutions provided by a local hardware store that had no directions or confusing directions, trust your home pest control to a certified technician that can guarantee proper treatments both indoors and outdoors to create the most effective perimeter possible.

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Keep High-Risk Areas Clean

Although it is important for homeowners to keep their entire home clean to minimize the spaces pests may be able to populate, certain high-risk areas may need more detailed attention to keep pest problems at bay. Most notably, kitchens that provide access to food and high-moisture areas, like bathrooms, that provide adequate water supplies should be cleaned and maintained as thoroughly as possible. At the first sign of a pest presence, seek home pest control services to eliminate them before population levels increase.

What If I Already Have Pests Indoors?

If you already have pests inside of your home, it is important to thoroughly eliminate them before you begin implementing these exclusion tips. Anyone who requires home pest control services will benefit from the many guaranteed services that are provided by Emtec Pest Control. All it takes to get started is speaking with a technician to schedule your free inspection.

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Signs You May Need Home Pest Control Services

There are countless bugs, rodents, or other unwanted insects that can quickly infiltrate a home without the knowledge of residents. However, once established, many of these pests will begin leaving signs of their presence, even if the homeowner has not seen a single living pest. When pest problems begin to reach infestation levels, it is critical to seek effective home pest control services before they create a health hazard or begin causing damage. Some of the signs that homeowners should look for that may signal they need professional pest control services include:

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    Property Damages

    Many different pests will feast on many different materials around a home or utilize them to build their nests. For homeowners that are looking for property damage that may have been caused by pests, take the time to observe clothes, walls or wooden furniture that may be around the home. Damage to any of these areas could indicate that rodents or termites may be present and causing more damage behind the scenes than what is already visible.

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    Odd Smells or Sounds

    The emergence of smells or sounds that are not common inside of a home could indicate that pests may be reaching critical population levels. This is particularly true in high-risk areas like the kitchen, bathrooms, attics, or other secluded areas. Rodents are not the only pests that can contribute to these problems and other pests like cockroaches or stinkbugs may be present. To find the root cause, home pest control services may be necessary.

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    Pest Droppings

    Any time that pest droppings are found around a home, it could signify a much deeper hidden pest population is present. To find these droppings, search around the edges of kitchen countertops are around areas that are not typically disturbed regularly like under sinks, in crawlspaces or storage closets. Many pest droppings can cause health problems since they often contain dangerous diseases. If pest droppings are found, contact a home pest control provider immediately.

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    Potential Pest Nests

    Many pests, including rodents and cockroaches, will create nests around a home that allow them to tend to young, reproduce and grow their populations faster. If nests are found, it will be much easier for home pest control providers to eliminate or control the infestation that may be occurring. Any unknown collections of paper, leaves, grass or fabric will likely indicate a rodent infestation has already begun.

When to Call a Professional

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If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above or just want to be proactive in preventing pests from coming indoors, it is time to call a professional pest control company. 

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form.

Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa, and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon, and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information.