Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Do It Yourself Pest Control

If you see a cockroach in your kitchen or a line of ants across your counter, it’s time to run screaming from the room and call in the big guns, right? Well, maybe not. Exterminators can be expensive and their methods sometimes amount to overkill if you only have a mild infestation. Oftentimes do-it-yourself pest control can be effective, saving you both money and major insect invasions down the line. The trick is to get out in front of the problem, kill the critters where they live, and take some preventative measures to keep bugs at bay.

If roaches or ants have invaded your home, the first thing is to do is give them what they are looking for—chow. But this chow is special. Combat Ant or Roach Killing Bait Strips or Combat Source Kill Max contains a delicious blend of food and insecticides. Pests are drawn to the bait, they eat it, and carry it back to the nest before it kills them. The pests exposed to the poison in the nest end up legs up, dead to the world. Combat Source Kill Max Roach Gel and Ant Killing Gel works the same way but is applied from an applicator along the cracks and crevices that the critters love to hide in.

After setting the bait, take some preventative measures. Clean up your kitchen, making sure to scrub away the grease and crumbs from every cranny. Roaches will eat newspapers, fabric, and just about anything else stored in boxes in the basement and garage, so consider having a garage sale or simply take the stuff to the dump.

Your exterior walls, doors, windows, and roof are known as your home’s envelope and ants and roaches are experts at finding holes in it. Critters come in through cracks in the foundation, gaps between windows and outer walls, and unsealed fissures where utility lines enter the home. Sealing these areas with caulk will keep out pests and also help you save on utility bills.

Finally, roaches and pests need water and shelter to survive. Fix leaking pipes and drains and dry out those areas under the sink, in the basement, and anywhere else where puddles pool. Again, you’ll save money while blocking access to itinerate roaches and ants. With help from Combat, and a few DIY chores, you might never have to call an exterminator and your home will remain pest free.