Almost everyone, at some point, needs to deal with a pest control problem. You need to know the most effective pest control strategies so that you can keep pests at bay. When you have the know-how, you can keep pests at bay.
Do you see fruit flies returning after ridding your home of them? You may find that they are residing within your drains. Try taping some saran wrap over your drain for a day or two and watch if fruit flies pop up. Next, you may want to use boiling water to get rid of these pests by pouring it into the drain. This will stop the breeding of the fruit flies.
If you are wondering if you have termites, get a dog that can smell them. Human termite inspectors cannot verify that your entire home is safe from termites. In fact, these inspectors can only claim up to one-third is safe. Trained dogs can verify your entire home’s safety. The reason that dogs can do this is because they can smell methane gas which occurs when termites destroy wood.
Airborne pests can be thwarted if you fix any tears or holes in screens on doors and windows. Having your screens rip-free and properly secured will keep flying pests out as well as crawling pests too. If you have bad screens, fix them right away.
Place brushes a foot or more away from the home to keep pests from invading. Brush is a natural home to many insects and there is no way to prevent this. If you put the bush close to the house, you will be inviting them in.
If your home is susceptible to mice and/or rats, never plant trees close to the house. Rodents can easily climb trees and get into the house through attics and roofs. A good rule is to keep trees about 15 feet or more away from your house.
As a security measure or a way to make the most of your yard, outdoor lighting is an excellent thing. Unfortunately, it also attracts lots of night insects. Use pink, orange or yellow bulbs outdoors, as these colors are less attractive to insects.
If you want to control pests in your home, check your plumbing. Check drains and sinks for any clogging. When drains become clogged, the resultant mess provides a food source for undesirable creatures. When you’ve cleared your drains, check them every month.
Check every foot of your home for pests, as no area is immune. Subterranean termites can cause a lot of damage before you see any signs of their existence. Therefore, make sure that your basements and other small areas of your home are check out regularly.
Sometimes rats and mice decide that your stored camper or travel trailer would make a nice winter home. Natural repellents exist that can keep them at bay, however. You can keep the mice out of your camper by placing these non-poisonous, pleasant smelling bags around.
If you have cats and dogs, never use rat poison. If your animal catches a rodent that’s sick or toys with one that’s dead, then poison can get ingested. In addition, poison should never be used around young children. The pellets can look like candy, and your child may find them and eat them.
If you want to get rid of pests once and for all, you need a bit of knowledge. Learn your adversary’s preferences and dislikes in food and everything regarding its life cycle and mating habits! When you know a lot about a pest, you are better equipped to deal with it.
It is very important to determine the entry point of pests and bugs. For example, there might be a little gap in your window where spiders come in, or perhaps you pet is bringing insects in. You can begin to prevent the pests from entering your home once you figure out how they’re getting in.
Deal with bee hive or wasp nest problems after dark. Your hardware store should have a spray foam that can help you remove these. These foams can be sprayed a long way and can kill off bees from far away. Beehives are best dealt with at night, as the bees are less active than they are during the day. Check the hive for two days, and then spray again if you need to. Wait until you know the bees are no longer living before removing the hive.
Spiders have shown up because other bugs are there for food. You should vacuum whenever you can. You’ll see fewer spiders as you start to get rid of the insects they feed on in your home.
If a contractor installs traps to catch mice, ask the contractor for the location of each trap. Make sure that the bait stations are out of the reach of your pets. The poison in them is so strong that it can sicken or kill pets.
If you own a home, you’re going to have to deal with pests at one time or another. Apply the techniques from this piece and keep a pest-free home. Act today, and do not delay.