Day 5 of NIAP Week: Treating Pest Problems

Today is the final day of National Inspect and Protect Week. So far this week, we’ve covered all but the final step of the INSPECT (INvestigate, Study, Prepare, Eliminate, Clean, and Treat) process. Today we’re going to share more about how to treat and manage your pest problems.

The INSPECT process is a comprehensive method that works best when all the steps are accurately followed. Treating your pest problems without first investigating or studying only will allow for continued and reoccurring problems. Dedicating time and effort to each step will yield the most beneficial results in safeguarding your home from adverse health effects and costly structural damage these pests can cause.

There are multiple pest management options available, and many can be combined for the most effective results. Combining multiple methods is also known as Integrated Pest Management or IPM.  If you choose to apply a pesticide to rid your problems, make sure you have properly identified the pest and use only the appropriate pesticides and amounts for treatment. Reading and following the label when using any pesticide product is the law. Following label instructions ensures the pesticide is used in a safe manner and that the product is the right one to treat your specific problem. Familiarizing yourself with the problems at hand and available treatment procedures will make sure you’ve found the best product for your situation. If you ever have questions or can’t make the application yourself, contact pest or lawn care professionals for support.

Learn more about purchasing a pest control product here, and watch extension specialist Janet Hurley’s video for inside pointers on treating your home. Remember to follow the INSPECT (INvestigate, Study and Prepare, Eliminate, Clean and Treat) process for taking strategic approaches in identifying, controlling and preventing against unwarranted invaders.

For any information you may have missed or for additional tips, visit Debug the Myths to help you solve those unwanted pest problems.

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