Do you have lots of pests and critters creeping about your home at night? Do you hear noises at night that you cannot identify? This can be your first clue that you need to start pest control measures. Read the below article for tips on how to permanently eliminate annoying pests.

Use steel wool to fill up any hole that any pest is using as an entrance. Although rodents can gnaw through a lot of different materials, they are not strong enough to chew the metal strands from steel wool. Be sure to fill all openings larger than 1/2 an inch. Rodents can slip through very small openings.

There are dogs trained to sniff out termites so you can know for sure whether you have them. If an inspector checks your house on his own, he is only able to confirm that you are about one-third free of termites. A specially trained dog can give your home the most thorough inspection. They smell for methane gas, which is a byproduct of the wood the termites are eating.

If you had a problem with bedbugs in the past and you believe they have been eradicated, be warned. Bedbugs can go for a whole year without eating. So that is why it is crucial to seal any holes you have in your walls or floors. Then they won’t have a hiding spot.

Is your home swarming with ants? Sugar and borax can be mixed together to rid you of them. The sugar lures the ants in with its sweet smell, while the borax kills them dead. Mix equal parts sugar and borax in a small, lidded jar. Put the mixture in a jar with holes punctured into the top, then shake it over baseboards and over your home’s foundation.

Outdoor Lighting

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. Outdoor lighting consisting of orange, yellow and/or pink bulbs will not attract so many pests.

Even if you don’t think you have a problem, routinely check for one. If your house is underground, you might have underground termites. Make sure crawl spaces and basements are inspected thoroughly.

Do you own an RV or a camper? If your store it over the winter, it can be an attractive home for mice. There are repellents that are natural and effective that keep these things away from your property. Some of these repellents have a nice smell. They are not poisonous at all. They do keep mice from entering your camper, though.

A number of different pests reside in drains. Therefore, you should ensure that you regularly clean them on a monthly basis. Pour liquid cleaner down your drain in order to flush out pests, or you could actually put a snake into your drain. Debris, among other things, can be a cause of mold and other things that pests enjoy living in.

When storing food items like cereal or sugar, use a container that you can seal tightly. Many dry products come in boxes and bags, which is easy access for pests. Every time you shop, transfer the dry goods into the plastic bins, and make sure that these are tightly sealed. The use of plastic containers allows you to keep food fresh for a longer time and keep pests out.

Steel Wool

If you see mice holes in the floor or walls, cut steel wool to size and insert into the holes. The mice or rats will eat it and they’ll end up dying. Therefore, use wood putty that is mixed with a little steel wool in order to prevent rodents from coming in your home.

If you have to get rid of a wasp nest or bee hive, do so after dusk. To rid your home of beehives, spray a foam wasp and bee insecticide. Certain foams can travel very long distances and can effectively destroy bee hives and wasp nests without you having to stand nearby. Always spray beehives at night. This is when bees are much less active. When you are sure that the bees are dead, then take down the hive.

Whether you rent or you’re the owner, you don’t want any bugs. Take the advice here and use it to combat pest infiltration once and for all. When you turn on the light during the night, you should not have to see bugs or mice scurrying away. Do something about it now.