Are you in the know about pest control? There is a great deal you must learn, and the following article will serve as a great starting point as to how you can tackle pest control on your own. There are lots of things you could do to ensure that your home remains pest free.
A good way to prevent pests is by vacuuming your carpets well and often. Vacuum your smaller rugs often as well. This will get rid of anything that you don’t see that may be contributing to the problem. When you finish vacuuming, dispose of the bag or empty the canister.
Have an ant infestation? Borax and sugar can help you eliminate them. The ants will be attracted to the sweet scent from the sugar, and they will be killed by the borax. To make the mix, use a cup of each ingredient in a quart jar. Poke holes through the lid and then sprinkle the mixture around the foundation of your home and along baseboards.
Mint helps you battle against a mice problem. Go around the whole foundation of your house and plant mint. The smell will bother mice and other small animals. Try sprinkling some leaves where the mice live. This usually repels mice, but you must always use fresh mint leaves.
Ensure that recyclables are carefully rinsed. One specific item that is very important to thoroughly rinse and clean is soda cans with a high amount of sugar. Be sure to completely rinse out the soda when placing it outdoors or in the garbage.
Keep your plumbing clear of debris if you would like to keep pests out of your home. Unclog sinks or drains that are backed up. Any buildup can attract flies and roaches that are looking for a meal. After you clear them, check regularly for clogs.
Avoid mosquitoes by taking away common areas they breed. Drain places that are harboring stagnant water. Mosquitoes are known to live near water sources.
Are you the owner of a camper or travel trailer? If so, this is a prime target for rodents. To prevent this, you can try using natural repellants before you seal the camper for the season. Small bags of the repellents smell nice and are not poisonous, but will prevent mice from invading your RV or camper.
Drains are popular places for pests to hide. Clean and maintain the drains at least monthly. You can use liquid drain cleaners or run a snake down the drain. Debris and soap scum can accumulate, providing pests with an inviting home.
Store all edible items properly. Use airtight plastic or glass containers to keep your food away from pests. Pests can easily chew through paper or cardboard, so avoid these containers.
Exterior lighting can also attract pests. Try to keep these lights away from the entrances of your home. Orange and yellow lights don’t attract bugs near as much.
Mice and rats are carriers of disease and are a cause for worry in your home. Remember that they will eat almost anything. Peanut butter, cheese, meat, jelly, etc. can all work in a trap. You can also use spoiled food, as this works as well.
Attempting to eliminate silverfish from your home? Try this out! Dampen a newspaper and set it out somewhere in your home overnight. Some people have found success with this and all of the silverfish were collected on the wet newspaper overnight. Make sure you quickly grab them before they scatter and transport them into a trash bag outside.
Make use of the tips you have just read, and begin regaining control of your home. Small pests are very annoying, and you are wanting to eliminate them for good. Hopefully now you are more comfortable with the idea of getting rid of, and preventing, pests. Ensure that use these tips to keep your home pest-free.