Do you think there might be critters in your kitchen? Have you heard sounds at night that you haven’t noticed in the past? These are all signs that you have an uninvited visitor. There is great advice in this article about getting rid of pests.

Know your local building codes and ordinances regarding what specific treatments are available for pest control. Applying banned chemicals may pose problems down the road when you go to sell the house. This rarely occurs, but this should teach you to research what remedies are approved best to use in your community for pests.

To prevent insects from getting in your home, spray the outside of it with perimeter spray. Make sure you spray your home’s foundation, porches, steps, and other areas that are located near any windows and/or doors. Be sure to keep a lookout for cracks that may allow pests to enter your home. Caulk these areas immediately so that pests have no way into your home.

If you want to know for sure that termites are infesting your home, get a trained dog to sniff them out, not just a human. Human termite inspectors cannot verify that your entire home is safe from termites. In fact, these inspectors can only claim up to one-third is safe. However, a dog that is properly trained is actually capable of ensuring a home’s safety one-hundred percent! These dogs can pick up the scent of methane gas which is caused by termites.

When you are not using food, be sure it is properly sealed. Food scents attracts many different kinds of insects. Take the trash out when it’s full. Pests are attracted to garbage as well.

If you recycle each week, make sure that the recycles are rinsed efficiently. One of the most important items to rinse is soda cans that contain a lot of sugar. Get the soda pop completely out of the can. Then you can store it in your home or garage without worrying about it attracting pests.

If you have pest problems in rooms with sinks, check your drains. Be sure that there are no clogged drains or sinks around or in your home. When drains become clogged, the resultant mess provides a food source for undesirable creatures. Even if you’re drains are all clear, still look at them every month.

Dispose of fallen trees around your yard. Chop up the branches and trunk for firewood. Use the wood or give it to people. But don’t forget to remember the stump as well. Stumps are dead, and dead wood attracts termites.

Be careful of using poison if you own a dog, cat or other pet. Your dog could get sick from catching a poisoned rodent. Also avoid these products if you have small children. They can mistake the pellets for candy.

Try to learn everything possible about the pests that you are trying to kill. Know what it eats, its likes and dislikes, its life cycle, etc. Once you put all of this knowledge together, you can create a plan to remove it from your home.

The only way to keep pests from your food is to keep them sealed off. Either plastic or glass works; just make sure whatever you get has a strong lid. It’s really easy for any little pests to get into cardboard or plastic.

Here’s a trick for finding and eradicating silverfish in the home. Get a newspaper wet and then leave it sitting out during the night. Silverfish tend to congregate in the damp newspaper. Many people have found this tip helpful. You have to be quick when you throw away the paper, as the silverfish will scatter.

You should now have the knowledge and skills needed to eradicate household pests. Use the information here to start taking back your home. It could take a while, but eventually all those little scurrying sounds in your ceiling will recede, and you will have a good night’s sleep.