As spring approaches, pests might become a serious problem. Some pests, such as carpenter ants, termites, and bedbugs, can even damage your home and belongings. Follow these tips to ensure you protect your home from the damage brought on by pests:
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Know the signs that indicate a pest has made your house its home. Orkin notes carpenter ants leave behind wood shavings and dead ants and can make rustling noises in the wood of your home. If you notice any of these signs, call a professional to address the situation. Termite infestation can be detected based on hollow-sounding wood, droppings, and mud tubes on exterior walls, according to realtor. com. These pests can cause very expensive damage to your home and must be exterminated as soon as possible. Termites also prefer warmer climates, and infestation tends to be more common in these regions. According to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, bedbugs should be detected and treated early before it spreads. Rust-colored stains on sheets and mattresses and tiny pale yellow recently shed skin indicates the presence of these pests.
Treating a Pest Infestation
If your home has a pest problem, treatment options can vary depending on the severity of the issue. In some instances, harsh chemicals may be needed to fix the problem. Speak with your professional exterminator to determine which option is best for you and your family. Be prepared to leave your home during the treatment process. Check into a hotel, plan a short vacation, or stay with family or friends for a little bit. If you have any possessions you want to protect from the chemicals being used, speak with your exterminator, and rent a storage unit to keep your prized belongings safe during the process. Fortunately, there are a number of facilities with climate-controlled storage units located in warmer areas where pests, such as termites, prefer to infest homes. Some of these available locations include California self-storage, Georgia storage units, and Texas storage facilities.
Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. recommends keeping your food properly stored in airtight containers, covering your trash can, and checking for cracks or holes in the walls of your home. Additionally, it is important to keep your home clean and wipe up any spills or crumbs that may attract pests. Clutter can also attract pests, as they enjoy hiding in dark small spaces. When you need storage for your possessions during the extermination process, contact your local SecurCare Self Storage facility and speak with a professional.