Centuries ago pests was an extremely big problem. Locusts destroying crops, Rodents decimating food supplies. Bees and spiders causing plentiful deaths. The age old war against pests still goes on nowadays. Today we have better ways to get rid of pests. Poisons and traps. The problem is that if you do not know how to use these correctly you might end up seriously injured or in the hospital.

“People do not always understand the dangers of pesticides. Most poisons can seriously harm you” Says Attie from Alpha pest. “In Rustenburg we also have pests.  The ones we most commonly have to remove are bees, cockroaches, ants, termites, rats and mice. They are the common pests in the Rustenburg area.”  These pests are more of an irritation then a actual threat.  We do have to keep in mind that bees can kill someone with a allergy and rodents do carry diseases.  “For pests like bees you need special equipment and training to get rid of them. This is not something that just anyone can do”.  Please be warned that if you do not know what you are doing with these pests you can seriously be putting your life on the line.

So how do I know if I have a pest problem?  A few bugs are normal and can be found in any building. Most insects are harmless but some can cause damage. Catch some of the bugs in a container and show them to an expert.  Just because you caught some bugs, does not mean that you have a serious problem.  Here are a few things to do in order to help prevent a pest invasion:

Remove any possible sources of food, water and shelter that a pest might have. Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers.  Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans. Remove garbage regularly from your home. Fix leaky plumbing and don’t let water accumulate anywhere in the home. Don’t let water collect in trays under your house plants or refrigerator.  Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight.  Clutter provides places for pests to breed and hide and makes it hard to get rid of them.  Get rid of things like stacks of newspapers, magazines or cardboard.  Close off places where pests can enter and hide.  For example cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards.  Use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes.  Cover any holes with wire mesh.  Learn about the pests you have and options to control them.  Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home. It is as easy as that.  Don’t let this age old enemy make its home in yours.

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