IF you find out you have pests, it can be upsetting. All kinds of pests can come inside your home in mere seconds. It doesn’t matter how clean you are or how frequently you check out your door. You can still have pests. Read on for some effective ways to protect your living space from unwanted invaders.

Start with the source. Your first step is to eliminate the pests’ food source. Things such as food, water and available shelter all make your home tempting to pests. Fix any leaks, seal any cracks, and remove scraps of food that pests may eat.

Get an exterminator with a trained termite dog to find out if there are termites in your home. A termite inspector can just confirm that one-third of your house is safe. A dog that is properly trained can sniff out 100 percent of your property. They smell for the methane gas that is a byproduct of termites eating wood.

If you had a problem with bedbugs in the past and you believe they have been eradicated, be warned. Bedbugs do not have to eat for a full year. Close all the holes and cracks in your walls and floors. This makes it impossible for bedbugs to hide.

New screens are a great way to keep out pests. Having your screens rip-free and properly secured will keep flying pests out as well as crawling pests too. If there are holes in your home’s screens, repair or replace them.

Look around to identify pools of standing water. Pests are very attracted to standing water. Do a thorough job of checking your pipes for leaks, and remember to empty the trays from beneath your house plants. All pests require water to be able to survive in your home.

If your home is susceptible to mice and/or rats, never plant trees close to the house. Rodents can climb up them and go into your house by way of the attic. At a minimum, be sure they’re 15 feet from the house.

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Be sure to rinse containers thoroughly before you add them to your recycle bin. Specifically watch out for soda cans, as the sugars in sodas attract many different pests. Rinse soda cans and bottles carefully so the sugar does not attract pests in your garage.

Checking your plumbing is one way to get a hold on the pest population in your house. Be sure all drains and sinks are unclogged around your home and inside your home. This can attract bugs like cockroaches and flies. Even if you’re drains are all clear, still look at them every month.

If all else fails, you can turn to an electronic device to get rid of pests. They are plugged into outlets and emit sounds that repel vermin. Humans will be able to hear the sound, but the noise will not hurt you. Rodents hate the noise, keeping them away.

If you own a recreational vehicle that you don’t use in the winter, you’ve probably noticed that mice sometimes find their way inside. Try using natural repellents to keep them away during all seasons of the year. Small bags of the repellents smell nice and are not poisonous, but will prevent mice from invading your RV or camper.

You want to ensure your foundation and walls are without cracks. As you go through the years, a home will start to develop cracks and fissures. These can be used as entrance points for certain household pests. Check your ceilings too. This can sometimes be the place that pests use to infiltrate your home.

You have just gone over some of the ways that pests can be dealt with. Now that you’ve read this piece, you should be aware that you aren’t alone. In fact, pests are a problem just about everywhere. Show your distaste for pests by using the information given here.