DIY Pest Control

Now that temperatures have dropped across New England and people are hunkering down for the winter, the last thing anyone needs is to be sealed up inside with a pest problem. Unfortunately this is the case for many homeowners, as many pests like to move inside once the cold weather hits. Before you reach for the phone to call your pest control professional, you could try self-treatment. Below are some of our tips for preventing and treating pests in your home. Of course, if you find that the pests are getting the better of you, feel free to give Graduate a call.

Prevention Tips:

  • Remove sources of food, water, and harborage sources.
  • Store food in secure containers, and use trash receptacles with tight-fitting lids. Don’t allow trash to sit in your home. Remove it promptly.
  • Fix leaky pipes and do not let water accumulate. Don’t leave open or standing water out overnight.
  • Keep it clean and organized! Clutter such as magazines, newspapers and cardboard can be an ideal hiding spot for pests.
  • Seal, repair or replace any areas where pests can enter, such as cracks in doors, pipes, siding, or screens.
  • Be aware of pests in packages, bags or groceries when putting them away.


Treatment/Pesticide Tips:

  • Always read the accompanying instructions before using a pesticide product.
  • Keep children and pets away from areas where the pesticide was applied.
  • Apply pesticide to targeted locations.
  • Only apply chemicals approved for use in homes. Do not use outdoor chemicals indoors.
  • Always properly store or dispose of unused pesticides.
  • DO NOT ASSUME TWICE AS MUCH IS BETTER. Pests can detect the presence of a treatment if it is applied too strongly. Also, using too much of a pesticide product can pose a serious health hazard for you and your family.
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