1. Inspect & Identify
The first step to solving any pest problem starts with a careful analysis. The house is thoroughly inspected to determine the exact species of the pest. Proper identification is crucial to successfully controlling the pest problem, and eventually, getting rid of the pest entirely. Here are some questions that need to be answered during this critical step:
- Where did they come from?
- How did they get in?
- Why are they inside your home?
Knowing where they came from and how they got in will allow you to seal off the entrances. Without a way in, you won't have new pests to deal with. If you fail to identify and close off the openings, there is really no point in wasting time and money to eradicate the pest inside your home; it will be a never ending process because more will just come in.
having the answer to why they are inside your home is also important. Often times, many pests will enter your home in search of food. If you have pests, you may have, unknowingly, been inviting them inside.
Once a thorough analysis of the pest problem has been completed, and the pest has been identified, the next step is to gather the appropriate information. This step is just as critical as the previous step. Trying to tackle a problem blindly, will only result in complete failure and an absolute waste of time and money. Having all the details will allow the creation of a plan of action that will effectively control the pest and eventually eradicate the pest.
Some important details to know include the identified pest's preferences are for:
- Hiding/living locations inside the home
- Common locations to find them
Complete analysis and thorough research was required, and critical because it's impossible to create an effective plan of action without all the details from those two steps. With both steps completed first, the correct solution is known and the most effective way to implement that solution is known. Write down the plan and decide what to do, when to do it, and how long it will should take before the desired results is achieved.
Once you have a plan of action, the next step, and the most important step of all, is to take action. Follow the plan carefully. Stick to the plan and do not skip a night. Failure to follow through with the plan can prolong the process and delay success. Failure to follow the plan could even lead to no results at all; that's why it's important to stick to the plan until the pest is controlled, and removed.
After taking action as planned, and for the duration determined in the plan, the next step is to evaluate. Questions that need to be answered include:
- Did it work?
- Are the pest controlled, or have they been eliminated entirely?
- If pest population is only under controlled, and not eliminated, why is that so?
- What improvements can be made to the plan?
- Were there anything in the plan that was unnecessary, and can be removed?
Dealing with Cockroaches
If you’re dealing with cockroaches, check out these informational articles to get you started with the research phase. Of course, this isn’t your only source of information. You’ll have to reference other sources as well to completed a more thorough research.
Dealing with Mice
If mice are your problem, and you’re now questions how to get rid of mice, check out these informational articles to get on the right track to getting rid of them–before they get a chance to multiply into an even bigger problem that could cost you a lot of time, money, and frustration. If you’re trying to find the best mouse traps, poison, or some other method, the best thing you can do right now is to learn as much as you can about what you’re dealing with. This is absolutely true even if you’re planning to hire a professional exterminator instead (in which case, we’d be happy to help!).