Pests, such as mice, insects and other animals, can be very difficult to get rid of once they have invaded your home. In many cases, it is easier to practice prevention rather then extermination. For some easy pest control techniques that will stop these pests from ever reaching your home, keep reading.
If you are concerned that you have bed bugs, do not try to remove your mattress from your home. Dragging it through the house is likely to spread the infestation. Instead, keep everything stored in that one location. You will need to be seen by a pest control specialist, though you can add a “bed bug cover” to the mattress to contain and try the problem.
Do you have ants in your home? Get rid of these insects by mixing some sugar and borax. Pour this concoction on your doorstep and all around your home. Pour a generous quantity of borax and sugar in these areas if you know where the ants come from. The ants will be drawn by the sugar but the borax will kill them.
Make sure that your screens are fully functional at all times. Screens will also keep most crawling bugs out of your home. Fix holes that are now part of your screens.
Pest likes to hide in cracks and small crevices. You should get a caulk gun and fill all the small hiding places you can find. If you need to, check for new hiding places regularly and replace the caulk. If you want to conceal it, you can spray paint over the caulk.
You can kill hornets and wasps by something most people have in their bathrooms- hairspray. Use aerosol hairspray to spray their nests effectively sealing the larvae in the nest. If you are being bothered by adult wasps,simply point and spray directly at the hornet to stop him in his tracks.
Do you have rodents? Inspect your home on the outside for any small cracks. Use scouring pads, steel wool and poison to keep rodents from these cracks. Mustard oil may also work as a repellent too.
You should stuff the hole with a little bit of steel wool if you notice a hole in your floor or walls that looks like is made by a mouse. The rodents will eat the wool that’s steel and this can kill them. To take care of the problem in the long term, fill the hole with builder’s putty and mix in some steel wool. It has the same effect as a steel wool ball.
If you are struggling with an ant problem in your house, make sure you are not feeding your unwanted visitors! Be very diligent about putting away any food after you eat it and keep your countertops and floors clean. Take out your trash regularly and if you have pets, don’t leave their food out overnight.
You should under no circumstances tolerate pest into your home. If you do not take action right away, the situation will get worse. An pest-infested home will lose its value, the pest will damage the home and some pest can actually transmit diseases to pets and in some cases to humans.
Scan your foundation and walls for cracks. The older the property is, the more likely that some structural cracking will be occurring. Any cracks can be an excellent way for pests to get inside the home. Inspect the ceiling too. Pests can even enter through small cracks there.
If you can, try to eliminate pests without using pesticides. If enough is breathed in, although pesticides can get rid of insects, most of them are very toxic and can harm people. Therefore, try using an IPM approach. This approach involves using no chemicals so that you can eliminate pests without causing harm to anyone.
Bring along a sample of the bugs when you go to purchase your pest-control products if you want to tackle pest problems yourself. This will help you find out what kind of product you should use. All pesticides are different. Certain ones will only work on certain kinds of pests. That way, you will know you have the right tool for the job.
Insects such as silverfish are usually attracted by the humidity in your home. Damp places help silverfish thrive in your home environment. Give these pests a run for their money by dehumidifying your home. Make them learn an extra lesson by fixing leaky pipes and using proper ventilation in all areas of your home.
When you are using pesticides, make sure that you follow the directions that are on the label. You may think you need to use more when you really don’t have to. All you will be doing is endangering your family’s health.
You shouldn’t hesitate on choosing pest control services, as stated before. Keeping that in mind, you should also think carefully about the service you choose to enter your home. Make the wise decision by using the advice from this article. You’ll be glad you did when your home is pest free.