Do you have a pest problem? Are they out of control? Your whole life can be negatively affected by pests. Unfortunately, pests can also cause health issues, depending on what kind they are. Read on and learn how to combat your pest problem.

To eliminate pest problems indoors, vacuum every rug in your home. This will get the bugs and ants in the living room, kitchen and den. Dispose of the bag when done.

Begin at square-one. If pests are an issue for you, find out what is causing them. The pests came there looking for something, whether it was for food, shelter or something else. Look to see you do not have food scraps laying around. Plug any potential entryways. Look for sources of water leakage.

Do not forget about getting your home tested for pests before buying. There are some easy signs of infestation, but you won’t truly know what pest hide in your insulation or underneath your home until you leave it for several days.

Trained Termite

Get an exterminator with a trained termite dog to find out if there are termites in your home. Human inspectors only have the ability to render a verdict on 1/3 of the house. Trained termite sniffing dogs can check your home out completely. The reason that dogs can do this is because they can smell methane gas which occurs when termites destroy wood.

Make sure that all your food is properly stored and sealed. The smell of food is what ends up attracting pests into your home. You need to take out the garbage if it is full. Pests are also attracted to trash.

Have an ant infestation? Mixing borax and sugar together will kill those ants dead. Sugar attracts them and borax kills them. Just mix a single cup of sugar and one of borax. Poke holes through the lid and then sprinkle the mixture around the foundation of your home and along baseboards.

Make sure that you are placing brushes a good distance from your home as these can attract insects. Bushes make a great home for many different insects and rodents. Keeping leaves and other dry brush away from the building will help you keep pests out of your home.

Remove fallen trees from your yard as soon as possible. Cut up all the branches and the trunk as well to use for firewood. You can use it, sell it or just give it away. The stump must be eradicated too. Stumps are pieces of wood that have died, and termites love them.

Is your home invaded by rodents? You might need to look at the outside of your home for places they may be getting in. Put scouring pads inside the holes, or add some poison. Mustard oil may work as well.

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. Bags of repellents that smell good aren’t poisonous, but keep mice out of your camper or RV.

Pests tend to thrive 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 and soap scum can accumulate, providing pests with an inviting home.

Store food in closed containers to prevent cockroaches. All open containers need to be sealed in Tupperware of a zip-top bag. If you have food around, roaches will find it. Make sure that you keep any loose food in containers that can be tightly sealed.

The pest control industry rakes in billions of dollars per year. You can, however, take care of most pest situations by yourself if you address the problem early enough. Review what you have read here so that you can better deal with pests. If you can stop your issue early, you won’t need pricy exterminators. You must be diligent, however, as most pest problems take a bit of work.