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Kit Guide - Solutions Pest and Lawn

Bug Lady posted this on Nov 8, 2016


Be the Master of Your Home with Our DIY Pest Control Kits

We understand that sometimes when trying to do-it-yourself, especially when it comes to pest control, things can get confusing. You look up guides on how to take care of rodents, roaches and other irritating pests that have invaded your home and find that there isn’t any one magical item that will eliminate your pest issue but rather, various recommended items that should be used together to ensure that your pest control plan to get rid of whatever pest that you’re dealing with produces maximum results.

 

We here at Solutions want to help you not just with our products and free expert advice and helpful guides and tutorials, we want to also make it easy for you to get everything you need so you can spend more time treating the problem than going around and fetching items. That is why we have taken some of our finest products we carry and have bundled them up into convenient pest control kits for you to purchase so you’ll have everything you need to carry out an effective treatment and prevention program for your home.

 

The products that are apart of our kits will save you money as opposed to buying all the products for your specific pest problem separately. Also, all our products are professional grade, meaning that these are the same products that would be used by an exterminator or pest control pro if you were to go out and hire them. You can’t find these top notch items at any of your local department stores or big retailers.

 

Our kits are easy to apply if you use are easy to follow Solutions Method of pest control which is Preparation/Identification, Inspection, Control and Prevention. Whether you are dealing with roaches, bed bugs, rodents or other pest issue, the Solutions method is largely the same with a few variants. When you buy one of our convenient kits, you can rest assured that you will have all the help you need in properly applying the products in the kit with our helpful guides. Below is our general guide for using any of our pest control kits.

 

Step 1: Identification/Preparation  

 

 

Preparation and Identification go hand in hand as the initial process in your pest control program. You have to first identify what type of pest you are dealing with in your home. Once you have identified the type of pest as well as the species, then you can be directed to the right kit that you need to carry out an effective solution to your pest problem. Of course if you are ever lost or confused on what type of insect or rodent you are dealing with, do not hesitate to contact our staff by calling us at (800) 479-6583 or emailing askapro@solutionsstores.com where you can receive prompt assistance with identifying your pest issue and suggestions on how to go about implementing a control program.

 

Once you know for sure the type of pest you're dealing with and have purchased the right control kit you can start the preparation phase. Preparation for using any of our pest control kits involves the important process of sanitation and exclusion. This means that you need to alter the environment, your home, and make it less welcoming to the pest you are targeting. This can vary depending on the type of pest problem you have but in large sanitation and exclusion means wiping out the three vital elements a pest needs to survive on your property which is: 1) food sources 2. Water or moisture source 3. Shelter. By removing or limiting the pest's food and water sources through a thorough cleaning process and sealing up places of harborage you will send a message to pests that they are not wanted here. Some sanitation and exclusion practices include:

 
  • Trimming shrubs and foliage so they do not touch the side or exterior walls of your home and so there aren't any nooks and crannies where pests can hide.

  • Clean up all food particles, crumbs, spills, grease and moisture from kitchens, floors, surfaces and carpets.

  • Mow lawn as needed to keep growth low.

  • Remove grass clippings, leaf piles and stacked wood to eliminate harborages.

  • Store outdoor trash cans and dumpsters as far away from structure as possible and be sure they have tight fitting lids.

  • Thoroughly wash out trash cans and dumpsters with an ammonia solution when needed.

  • Seal any cracks, crevices or gaps on structure with Stuff It copper mesh, caulk and/or hardware cloth

 

Step 2: Inspection

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Once the interior and exterior of your home has been properly sanitized and exclusion measures have been taken, you can then move on to inspecting your home and singling out the problem areas where your pest either resides or frequents. Observe the pest and see where they travel to, follow them if possible and see where they can lead you and note where they hang around the most. Certain areas are more attractive to pests than others and this is why it is important to identify where they are since it is essential to know hot spots before applying product from the pest control kit.

 

Sometimes you may not be able to find a pest to observe because they are in hiding. That is when you have to inspect for traces of the pest. They can leave behind feces, body parts, wood shavings and particles they leave behind or carry. These can all be helpful to note down before moving on to the next phase and breaking out the products that are included in the pest control kit.

 

 

Step 3: Control

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Once all the hot spots of pest activity have been pinpointed you can begin to carry out using the control items bundled in your pest control kit and apply them as per the instruction labels as well as according to our various pest specific guides. If the sanitation and exclusion procedures were done thoroughly and effectively, the pest control products included in the bundle should be guaranteed to have a devastating effect to the problem pests that you are dealing with. Most of our kits come with a combination of an insecticide or rodenticide as well as a high-quality bait and if dealing with insects and their eggs, insect growth regulators.

 
Spray and bait the problem areas with the right spraying and baiting tools. If there are glue boards included in your pest kit bundle, lay them out in areas of high activity which you had noted from Step 2. Reapplying sprays and baits may need to occur after a few days after once again inspecting your home. You will likely see a drastic reduction in the pest population which will tell you that the application of product is doing it’s job. Make sure not to ignore cracks and crevices that pests may venture towards to hide. After applying and any necessary reapplying, check periodically to observe the pest activity until there are no more traces of the problem pest.
 

 

Step 4: Prevention

 

prevention.pngAt this point, your pest problem is gone so you can rejoice a bit because the pest control kit has worked. However, your job is not totally finished. The pest problem that you just alleviated through the pest control kit may very well return if the right preventative measure are not put into place. Prevention is essentially the same as step #1 though it also has elements from the previous two steps. Keeping a regular sanitation and exclusion schedule is important to not allow your home to return to being a savory environment for pests to return and set up shop. Also inspecting your home on a regular basis is also important as a proactive measure of prevention. Check those old high-activity areas where your problem pests once were and make sure they have not returned. Check the exteriors of your house to make sure no new holes or openings have been made. Other steps that should be done in this final (yet ongoing) phase is:



 
 
  • Regular sweeping and mopping inside your home

  • Taking out the trash regularly; not until it’s to capacity.

  • Checking your piping for any leaks and drips and repairing them

            immediately

  • Ensure that the property irrigation system is managed properly.

  • Eliminating clutter indoors and outdoors, in particular basements, attics, crawl spaces, garages, and storage areas. Staying on top of this is a great proactive approach in pest prevention management

  • Keep any kind of moisture buildup away from the foundation of your home.

  • Seal off pest entry points, including cracks and gaps under garage doors, around windows, etc.

 

If all these steps are adhered to correctly without shortcuts and half measures and through the help of the pest control kits we carry, your pest problem is sure to be an issue of the past and will not pester and frustrate you any longer. As always, if you are ever stuck or lost in any phase of pest control: whether it be in identifying a problem, purchasing the right product or applying the purchased product properly, you can contact us and one of our trained experts will assist you promptly. We hope this guide can be bookmarked by you so it can be looked at and referred to as a resource with any pest problems you encounter in your home. We want to make it easy for you to do-it-yourself so feel free to get in touch with us with any questions or feedback you have.

 
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