Almost everyone had dealt with a pest in their home. You must learn all you can about the pests that plague you if you want to secure your home against them. You can keep your home and your loved ones safe from pests by gaining pest control knowledge.
When you find holes that pests can get in through, stop it up with steel wool. Even though mice can chew through quite a few things, these aren’t able to be chewed with their teeth. Any opening larger than a half inch should be stuffed. These pests are able to get through the tiniest of openings.
You can use hairspray to get rid of bees, wasps and hornets near your home. In addition to killing existing bugs, it also repels future ones.
Never buy a house until it has been inspected first. Some pest problems are easy to spot, but others pests may be invisible because they hide in the home’s foundation or insulation. You won’t be able to identify these problems with a simple walkthrough.
Use a specially trained dog to determine whether or not your home is infested with termites. Human inspectors are only able to detect about 33% of the termites around your home. A dog that is trained to sniff them out can cover 100% of your home. They smell for methane gas, which is a byproduct of the wood the termites are eating.
Bedbugs are hard to eliminate since they like hiding. Prior to exterminating, close open holes. Doing this means no bugs can come out after you have exterminated.
Is your home infested with ants? Mixing borax and sugar together will kill those ants dead. Borax in the sugar will kill the ants. To make the mix, use a cup of each ingredient in a quart jar. Make holes in the lid and sprinkle it on your home’s baseboards and foundation.
Outside lights have their advantages but you should know these lights will attract pests. If you need outdoor lighting, try to use orange, pink, or yellow tinted bulbs since they don’t attract pest as much.
If you have a travel trailer or camper that is stored over winter, mice sometimes find entry and take up residence. Try using natural repellents to keep them away during all seasons of the year. You can keep the mice out of your camper by placing these non-poisonous, pleasant smelling bags around.
If you’re a pet owner, don’t use poison to kill rodents. If your pet kills or plays with the rodent, it may get the poison in its system. If you have kids, this method is also not ideal. They may put the pellets in their mouth.
If you see mice holes in the floor or walls, cut steel wool to size and insert into the holes. When the mice are trying to get through, they will eat them and die. Use spackle to plug the rodent holes.
The only way to keep pests from your food is to keep them sealed off. A container made of glass or plastic with a tight lid is the best option. Avoid using a paper or cardboard bag when packing up food because these things are easily chewed through.
Exterior lights can attract pests. Move the outdoor lights away from your home’s entrances. Consider using lights with a orange or yellow glow that bugs do not like as much; this will cut down the number of insects going inside your house.
Pest problems are more common than you would think, and you are probably going to run into a pest infestation sooner or later. Use what you’ve learned here to repel those nasty critters and have them bug someone else. Take action today!