When to spray for pest control — Caitlin’s student essay

When To Spray For Pest Control?

Often times, many may see paying for a service, such as pest control, to be futile if they haven’t seen any insects or rodents around their living spaces. However, many questions can arise when an infestation takes place. How did these pests get in? Can I get rid of them myself?

Do I have to call a pest control service? When should I call for pest control? Spraying for pest control has several benefits for you and your home, and knowing when to spray can help prevent a nasty infestation.

One should spray for unwanted pests for several reasons, but the main reasons are often times to eradicate current bugs or rodents in your home, preventing an invasion, and identifying where they are living, or where they are coming from. 

How often one has to spray their home can range from once a month, every 90 days, to once a year. This is dependent on several factors, such as where you are living, the climate, the state of your current living space, the size of your home, and the types of pests found in your area. 

Though most people might only think of calling for these services during certain times, such as warmer times of the year, it is essential to know that you should be spraying your home no matter the season.

People in protective suits planning to do disinfection with chemicals

Seasonal maintenance can make a vast difference in preventing pests from getting into your home, and even though there are certain bugs that are seen all throughout the year, there are some pests that only show during specific seasons due to the different climates of each season.

Another time you should spray for pests is if you’ve noticed that your home has lots of cracks or open spaces near window frames, doors, in corners, or open vents. Some pests can get into your homes and cause damage, such as termites, while others take advantage of already existing damage to your home before they begin to infest. 

Mice are extremely flexible, and can squeeze through cracks as small as 1/4th of an inch, and different types of bugs can get through any size crack or hole. In addition to these processes, make sure to check weather conditions before spraying your home. Factors such as rain, wind, humidity, can all affect the strength and functionality of the pesticides being sprayed, so try not to spray your home if there is expected rainfall or windy weather conditions following up after you put these pesticides down around your living space.

cropped image of pest control worker spraying pesticides on windowsill at home

Finding bugs or rodents in your home is an unpleasant and alarming experience, can be harmful for your health, and indicate that there may be areas of your home in need of being sealed or fixed due to damage. Rodents and bugs carry bacteria and viruses that can pose as a danger to one’s health. For example, mosquitos can carry the West Nile Virus, and ticks can spread Lyme disease.

Rodents can spread illness through their droppings, skin to skin contact, and through bites, such as LCM, Rat-Bite Fever, and Salmonellosis. However, being well-informed about pest control can help prevent and eradicate such infestations, and knowing when to spray for pests may be essential for your health and your home.

Author: Caitlin Chung

Arizona State University
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