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5 Prevention Tips for Insects

The soil in the United States is perfect breeding ground for a wide variety of insects. Here in Florida, the warm weather doesn’t help the situation. This week, I am going to share what you can do to prevent the critters from getting in your home and how to maintain your home so that stay out.

  1.  Make sure that you know the insect you are trying to get rid of. You might think you know what it is and you might be right or not. Also, you want to make sure that you do not kill the good insects (they are your friends). There are numerous varieties of insects in Florida alone and certain pesticides work on certain species. Make sure you know what you are up against.
  2. Once you know what the insect is you want to get rid of, you might want to spend money purchasing the good insects. Insects work in numbers and the good ones can simply take care of the bad ones. Stock your army and let them do the work. Here are some examples: Wasps eat earwigs, bad beetles, whiteflies, mites and aphids, among others. Ground beetles will take care of your slugs and caterpillars. Spiders are the cold-blooded killers of the pest world, taking care of just about anything that crosses their paths.
  3. Insecticides and Pesticides – You will need to make the determination if you choose to use these chemicals. If you have kids, pets or want to live chemical-free, there are natural alternatives that you can purchase. This is a sure way to get rid of the pesky critters.
  4. If you have a REAL PEST PROBLEM – you will be better off with calling in some professionals. They have access to products that the average consumer cannot purchase. They know how to mix, use and dispose of the insects. It costs more but the work will be in their hands. You can also work with your exterminator to dictate exactly what areas of your home and property you’re comfortable treating and they also have access to natural products.
  5. Maintenance – Once the critters and their young are gone, it is up to you to ensure they do not return. Make sure to keep the problem areas clean, keep your shrubs cut and grass mowed. Insects love filth, grime, stinky smells and foodstuffs. If your home is well-kept, the insects and critters won’t want to make your home their home.
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