Signs of a Pest Infestation

One of the newest trends in pest control is using nontoxic treatments to eliminate insects, rodents or arachnids. Both homeowners and business managers are concerned about having dangerous fumes in the air or residue on surfaces after a professional exterminator visits a building. There are several signs that you have pests in a home or business, including:

• Finding rodent droppings on floors or countertops
• Hearing strange sounds inside the walls
• Seeing tufts of fur near a building’s holes or crevices
• Seeing several spiders or insects inside a kitchen’s cabinets
• Smelling odd odors from an attic or wall spaces

Where Pests Can Hide

Most pests are searching for isolated areas of a building to hide for breeding purposes, but rodents, arachnids and insects also must have water and food to survive. Pests will enter kitchens late at night to crawl into cupboards and drawers to find food. Rodents can chew through plastic bags or cardboard boxes to eat your stored food, and small arachnids or insects will squeeze through tiny holes to reach food or moisture.

Request Nontoxic Pesticides

If you notice a few spiders, insects or rodents, then it is imperative to take action immediately. Most pest control companies offer emergency services because the exterminators know that mice and cockroaches can breed rapidly, leading to a major infestation in a short amount of time. When you want to avoid using harsh chemicals or poisons to get rid of invading vermin, find a pest control expert who believes in using nontoxic products.

Plants Used to Make Nontoxic Pesticides

Several manufacturers have formulated safer pesticides that contain natural ingredients that are derived from plants. Some of the plants that are used to make nontoxic pesticides include:

• Lemon balm – effective for mosquito infestations
• Bay leaves – repels several species of flies
• Chrysanthemums – effective against cockroaches
• Thyme – repels ants
• Spearmint – controls fleas
• Oregano – repels rats and mice
• Marigolds – repels cockroaches and flies

Sticky Traps and Botanical Control

In addition to nontoxic pest control sprays to eliminate spiders and insects, you can request safer botanical control agents to repel or eliminate rodents. An exterminator can use sticky traps to capture rodents, spiders and insects to avoid leaving poisons in locations where pets or children can access the chemicals.

Use Insecticidal Soaps

Another great way to eliminate spiders and insects is by using insecticidal soaps that will dehydrate a pest’s exoskeleton. Without a sturdy exoskeleton, insects and spiders will not survive, but these types of pesticides are not harmful for animals or people. To avoid having a pest infestation in a building, it is also a good idea to apply nontoxic pest control products outside a business or home. There is more information to be found at the Affordable Pest Control website.