Eliminating pests requires a lot of hard work. You can end up spending an awful lot of time and money to alleviate the problem. The information in the next few paragraphs will help you take control of the problem before it gets too bad.
Do fruit flies keep coming back after you get rid of them? The weak link might be your drains. For some days, tape plastic wrap over your drain and find out whether fruit flies start appearing. If you see some fruit flies, boil some water and pour it down the drain or use a drain cleaner. That should keep fruit flies from breeding there.
If you have a brown recluse spider infestation, control it using sticky traps. It can be hard to get to these critters with chemicals, as they hide in deep areas. At night they search for food. You can catch them with traps strategically placed behind furnishings and along the walls.
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 love this smell and will travel far to find its source.
Check your home for hidden standing water. Pests can literally sense standing water. Check your home thoroughly for leaking pipes, and don’t forget to empty and clean the trays under your house plants. Since pests need water in order to live, getting rid of excess water will make your home less desirable for them.
Outdoor lights can be great, but they can also attract lots of pests. If you do prefer to have outdoor lighting running all night, pick colors that attract fewer insects, like orange, pink or yellow.
Even if your home doesn’t show any issues, check the entire thing on occasion. If your home has a basement, termites may be operating in secret. Check out your basement and any other underground area.
Pest repellents that are electronic prove very effective. If you plug these gadgets into a wall socket, they emit noise that rodents do not like. Although humans can hear these noises, they do not pose a threat to them or their pets. Rodents will leave the area of the noise, since they do not like it.
Do you have rodents inside your home? You need to look at your home’s exterior for small openings that animals can squeeze through. Fill cracks with clean scouring pads and/or place a small amount of rat poison in there. Mustard oil may work as well.
Prevent mosquitoes from entering your house by eliminating ways they can get in. Get rid of any standing water near your home. Mosquitoes are able to breed in areas with even only a few drops of water.
Be sure and store your dry foods in plastic containers. Many dry products come in boxes and bags, which is easy access for pests. Be sure to put dry goods into secure bins as soon as you bring them home. You will keep your food fresher for a longer period of time and thwart pests with this method.
Some pests are attracted to light, including your outdoor lights. Avoid using these lights around the doors of your home. You will also cut back if you use a different colored light.
Look around your foundation and check your walls for cracks. The older a house is the more cracks you will find within the structure. Pests can enter the house through these cracks. Be sure to look at the ceiling too. Pests get in through tiny cracks here as well.
Try to get your neighbors to help with your pest control. Neighbors will often be suffering from the same problems. Even if you had taken care of it at your own home, if these pests live in the house next door, they are able to go back to your home. Share tips with your neighbors and let them use your products if they do not seem ready to take action.
Not surprisingly, pests are easier to attract than to get rid of. By using these tips, however, you should be better equipped to give them battle. If the problem is too big for you, though, don’t be afraid to call in a professional exterminator. Good luck.