Carpet Cleaning to Prevent Pest Infestations

As discussed previously we are often asked the same question. Rather than paying for a professional, can I really do my own pest control?

Yes, it a huge number of cases you really can.

We’ve discussed types of pest control, as well as preventative measures. Now we are going to discuss another solution which can rid you of more pests that you would have imagined.

As the title states, this is with regards to carpet cleaning.

However all me to elaborate.

Take away the buffet

Now carpets themselves do not attract insects or bugs. These include things like ants, fleas and dust mites.

However soil, bits of food and other types of organic materials act as a very satisfying food source for the insects.

The trick is to remove this food source. Then you will greatly reduce the appeal, as well as their chances of survival.

This is why cleaning your carpets effectively is absolutely vital to prevents pests from populating in your home.

Most carpets are made from nylon, which in itself does not provide a desirable habitat for living things. Although when you add to the mix dead skin, soil and food particles; it becomes an absolute dreamland for pests and germs.

There are two things that you should really focus on. The first is to ensure the carpets are cleaned regularly. This will greatly reduce the food supply trapped in the carpets.

The second element is to try and monitor the level of humidity in your home.

Dust mites for example thrive on both skin cells and damp places. So be conscious of the level of humidity in your home.

Focus on location

We have discussed elements that attract unwanted guests such as dust mites and fleas. However you should also pay particular attention to certain places. In particular areas with higher levels of food contact.

This could be the kitchen, perhaps a hallway rug or maybe the dining room carpet.

Perhaps this will be a bedroom or even a space next to the couch.

Every home will be different so be sure to understand where this space will be for your particular home.

This is the area that should really be focused on.

In many work places this differs also due to people eating at the desk or near vending machines. Even perhaps whilst walking around.

So like I say, understand where this will affect you in particular.

Summary

Vacuuming and cleaning your carpets alone may not eliminate pests. However they can greatly reduce the risks of pests becoming a problem.

Cleaning your carpets regularly will cut off the supply chain to the these various pests. Without food, and certainly without too much humidity; then they will struggle to survive within your home.

I would say as a bit of a final word, if you realise you home does in fact have a serious pest problem. Then get in touch with a professional before it gets worse.

If left untreated then these problems can often escalate.

In the majority of cases I do my own pest control. However if the need arises I would call in a professional to support.

I really hope this helps and thank you for reading.

How to Pest Proof Your Home

If pests become a problem in your home or on your land, then you can contact an expert to help.

However in the last article we gave an answer to Can I do my own pest control? The answer was most certainly yes.

Following on from that we wanted to provide some information about how you could stop pests from being attracted to your home in the first place.

They do say prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly the case when it comes to pest control.

I follow the methods I am about to discuss to do my own pest control, and you can too.

Pest proofing

This is the process of restricting opportunities for pests to be attracted to your home. Here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Keep all sources of food sealed and covered. This is especially important in food preparation and serving areas. This takes away the appeal to the pests to come in the first place. Remember prevention is better…
  • Ensure waste is disposed of correctly. This should be done regularly and in the correct bins.
  • Keep bins closed, and locked if required. This prevents the possibility of pests entering your waste.
  • Inspect bins regularly to ensure that no holes have appeared or damage has been caused. A locked bin is worth little if there is a hole underneath.
  • In order to minimise the odour from the waste area, which does attract pests such as rats. Ensure the area is well ventilated and ideally out of direct sunlight.
  • This area should also be kept clean, tidy and free from litter and waste food.
  • Ensure doors are not left open or propped open when not necessary. This could be seen as an invite into your home for a range of pests.
  • Check the building for any gaps or holes. Sometimes vermin can enter through a small crack or perhaps a utility pipe.
  • Remove or repair any exterior wood which is showing signs of decay. This can actually attract certain insects towards it.
  • Remove any unnecessary clutter from any spaces in and around the home. This could provide an attractive place to nest. So it is best to remove this possibility.

So after reading this article, ask yourself once again, can I really do my own pest control?

Hopefully the answer is a resounding yes.

The steps above are all incredibly simple to implement, and you may feel they are very basic.

The fact is they are. However they are often overlooked.

Summary

On many occasions we find it is the simplest of causes which actually attracts the pests in the first place. By taking these preventative measures then you are greatly reducing the appeal for pests to your area.

Consider how long it would take you to follow the above steps, then consider the cost of hiring a pest removal expert.

The final piece of advice I would give is to deal with any pest problems as soon as you see them. If not dealt with the situation can very quickly escalate.

Can I Really Do My Own Pest Control?

I have worked with a number of pest control companies, but always offer the same advice when I am asked can I really do my own pest control?

The simple answer is yes, you can.

However I also feel it is very important to know your limits, and always keep safety in mind.

Allow me to elaborate on these points.

 

What is pest control?

Pest control is essentially a form of removing an unwanted form of animal or insect.

There are a number of different forms of ‘pests’, although this can be personal viewpoint.

Some of the more common forms of pests include rats, cockroaches, other insects and flys. However many people would view the likes of moles and even foxes as a form of pest.

So it is clear that this is a personal and often regional viewpoint.

In Australia this could be kangaroos, in Florida this could be alligators.

The ‘control’ element is implementing a strategy to resolve the issue of the pets. This can take on many different shapes and forms.

However the aim is to limit or eradicate the number of these animals in the particular area.

 

Forms of pest control

The control does come in many different variants.

This is determined by the nature of the pest and also the environment in which they are located.

Generally the forms of management are:

  • Extermination – This involves removing (or attempting to) the species from a particular area.

This could be due to damage they are causing. Or perhaps to limit the impact on other forms of animals.

However often this is due to the preference of humans.

 

  • Re-location – This is the process of moving the ‘problem’ from one area to another.

This could be as simple as moving them indoors to outside. Or perhaps moving them to a more suitable environment.

 

Either way this is a form of control, although may not be a permanent solution.

 

  • Population management – This means limiting the numbers of a particular species within a certain area.

Whilst some animals are protected due reducing numbers, others are increasing too highly. This means they have become a risk to a particular area or another species of animal.

Therefore measures of control are put in place to manage these numbers.

 

Professional services

Whilst we are going to discuss how it is possible to manage some of these issues yourself. Be aware that there are a number of professional pest control services available.

The upside of using a pest control company is that due to locality they often have previous knowledge and experience of the issue in hand.

As such they will have suitable tools and devices available to provide a viable solution to the problem.

This is also one way of taking the hassle and stress away from yourself.

However there is a drawback to this. The price.

Using a professional is a very common option, but bare in mind that these are professionals making a living. So will charge accordingly.

This is something for you to weigh up when deciding which route to take.

Consider the expense of the equipment if you were to decide to do my own pest control.

Then compare this to that of the professionals.

Often using a pest control expert will cost you a lot more money in comparison. Perhaps you should also weigh up the cost of your time to solve the problem yourself.

Now that I have explained exactly what pest control is and some options. Allow me to explain the types of options that are open to you if you decide to do your own pest control.

 

Do my own pest control?

As we touched on in the title, completing your own form of control is a perfectly legitimate option.

In fact this has been growing in popularity rapidly over the last 5 years.

More and more people are seeing this as a realistic and viable option to their problems.

This is in part due to the huge number of products now available. Not only in local stores but more-so online.

There are an absolute abundance of products readily available, some with next day deliveries.

 

However as a word of caution, there is not always the same level of advice given on how to actually use the products.

By typing a simple search like do my own pest control you will find dozens of sites selling similar products for your specific needs.

Let me just briefly run through some of those:

Poison can be used as bait to kill an animal. Often used for rats and mice, it can be left as a ‘treat’ for the animal.

This will ultimately run through its body and bring its life to a premature end.

This poison can come in the form of pellets, tablets, balls, powders and even sprays.

It is important to find the correct product for the animal that you wish to exterminate.

 

Traps are an often more humane way of dealing with pests. This can allow you to simply catch the animal, in your home say.

Then release them into the wild away from your property.

This saves you the guilt and knowledge that you have killed the animal.

Although there are traps that intend the kill also. Be aware that this is far from the only solution.

 

Forms of deterrents are often a very effective way of keeping unwanted guests away. Once again this can come in so many different shapes and forms.

This can include nails on a fence to stop birds from landing there. To mesh around plants to keep birds away.

Or perhaps netting around ponds as another example.

In fact many farmers have to come up with some smart ways to keep unwanted rabbits and other creatures away from their crops.

 

In recent years the use of ultrasonic deterrents have become even more common place.

They can emit a frequency which is uncomfortable for certain animals to listen to. Therefore ensuring that they do not come near to the area in question.

 

Summary

As you can see there really are a huge array of options.

Especially if you wish to tackle the problem on your own.

I would strongly suggest that for any form of pest control you do on your own. Complete your research first.

 

It is important to understand exactly what product you are going to be using.

What its intended purpose is and even more importantly. How to use it safely.

Remember that we have pest control services for a reason. They understand the dangers and pitfalls of using certain chemical and contaminants.

Doing this yourself is a realistic and viable solution, but take every care you can to use the product correctly. Keeping yourself and those around you safe.