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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Preventing a Pest Infestation

Here are JP McHale’s 5 tips for preventing a future pest infestation and managing one that you may already have.

You may not know that there are ways to protect your home from a pest infestation without using any pesticides! JP McHale Pest Management, the leading pest management company serving the Tristate area for over 50 years, says that their greatest client success stories are  ones where they’ve “partnered” with clients to prevent/manage pest issues, starting with common-sense practices. JP McHale’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is environmentally sensitive and centers on their extensive knowledge about the life cycles of pests and how they interact with the environment.

Early intervention is the best medicine.

Home remedies like citronella candles and lavender plants can only do so much. Detecting an infestation and intercepting it at the earliest stages is the most cost-effective way to put a stop to your pest problems. JP McHale offers a digital rodent detection system, called SMART.  This cutting-edge technology is designed to intercept the early stages of a rodent infestation. The system will immediately alert our office when rodent activity is detected, and then we’ll schedule  a visit to your home with one of our specially trained technicians.

Pests are not just annoying – they can affect your family’s health and safety

Many pests carry harmful diseases that can make your family and pets extremely sick. So, it’s essential to eliminate them from your property as quickly as possible. JP McHale’s approach to pest management vanquishes pests in an environmentally conscious way. The goal is precise, targeted applications that minimize biocide use and centers around building pest pressure out.

Pest management companies are not the same as “exterminators”

If you call an exterminator, your pest problems may be resolved, but only temporarily. An exterminator will come to your house and destroy any pests they see using pesticides, which only provides a temporary solution to a potentially long-term issue. A pest control technician will instead investigate how and where the problem originated so that they can recommend changes that can be made inside and outside your home.

Your participation is crucial!

Preparing your home prior to a pest control visit can make your technician’s visit much more productive and effective. Here are some of the ways you can prepare for your visit:

  • Trim large bushes, trees, and shrubs to allow for more direct sunlight in your yard and a less hospitable environment for pests, including ticks.
  • Seal attic vents to prevent bugs and rodents from finding a way into your home.
  • Install door sweeps beneath gaps under your doors, including your garage door.
  • Lift blinds to let in sunlight and dry out your structure, especially after it rains.
  • Empty and clean your garbage cans and garbage disposals thoroughly to eliminate any decaying matter that will attract flies and other insects.
  • Keep your food stored in airtight containers.
  • Check gutters frequently to ensure there is no pooling water or stuck debris

Use the two-week rule! (If after two weeks, you still have an issue you will need to call in a pest management company)

Although there are many things you can do on your own to prevent an infestation, there may be other issues that require your technician’s expertise. A technician that uses IPM practices will uncover why the pests are present, ultimately altering conditions that attracted these pests to your home in the first place.

For more information, contact JP McHale Pest Management at 800-479-2284 or visit their website

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