At Bob Jenkins Pest Control and Lawn Services our pest control solutions are safe and effective. We try to be stewards of our environment and we try to have as little impact on the environment as possible. Most pest problems can be solved by natural means while others require the expertise of an exterminator. Our mission is to provide you with a solution for common household and outdoor pests. For homeowners, pests can be a real problem. Luckily, steps can be taken to address many of the most common pest issues. If you want to try some practical solutions before calling an exterminator, we want to provide you with eleven practical ways to control the pests inside your home.

1. Don’t leave food out. Bugs, rodents, and other pests flock to uncover food. Any scraps, crumbs, or other leftover bits of food should be put in the trash, which should itself be removed on a regular basis.

2. Put pet food away at night. It’s not just human food that pests love. Storing dog and cat food away after dark will minimize the risk of attracting nasty pests of any sort.

3. Don’t leave water standing. Besides food, pests need water to survive as well. Whether left in the sink, cups, or any other place, standing water in a home is a bad idea. Fixing leaky plumbing is also a must.

4. Use hairspray against insects. Hitting bugs with a blast of hairspray is a great way to kill them. Just aim carefully and keep away from fire, since hairspray is flammable. Hairspray is especially effective against flying insects, which are otherwise tough to kill.

5. Seal hiding places and entry spots shut. Whether animal or insect, most pests like to hide in small crevices and other holes commonly found in houses. Tiny gaps like these are also usually how pests enter homes. Sealing these areas (such as cracks in baseboards) with caulk will do a lot to help protect from pests.

6. Install screens on windows and doors. Screens are one of the best means of preventing flying insects from entering a home. Window screens in particular are a good way to enjoy the fresh air while still keeping pests outside.

7. Use borax. The mineral borax is a good method for killing both ants and cockroaches. With ants, make a mixture of sugar (to attract the ants) and borax powder; sprinkle the mix anywhere ants congregate. For cockroaches, plain borax will be effective.

8. Set rodent traps. Mousetraps, made attractive with bait like cheese or peanut butter, are the best way to deal with rodents if the animals have already infiltrated a home.

9. Vacuum often. Thorough vacuuming can do a lot to eradicate minute pests, particularly fleas. The vacuum bag should be thrown away immediately to prevent the nuisances from escaping.

10. Use insecticide inside. Though often inconvenient, insecticides are ultimately the most effective means of killing insects. However, children and pets should be kept away from insecticide, and instructions should be followed exactly (for example, using outdoor insecticides in a home is a bad idea). Alternatively, an outside expert can be hired to apply insecticide.

11. Use insecticide outside. Stopping pests outside will prevent them from ever having a chance to get indoors. Applying a strong insecticide to the foundation, steps, doors, and other areas close to the house will create an anti-pest perimeter.

Pests don’t have to be an inevitable part of your home life. If the proper pest control steps are taken — such as the eleven described above — pests should not pose a serious problem. If you have a pest control problem that you are not able to handle with the expertise of an exterminator, then call Bob Jenkins Pest Control and Lawn Services. Your safety is always our top concern.