There is no one cure-all for ridding your home of pests. You have to educate yourself and experiment to see what will work best for your situation. The following article has a wealth of information that is sure to help you get started.
You should fix screens around the house if you have flying insects. Not only do screens on windows and doors keep out flying pests, they also do a good job of keeping out crawling bugs as well. Fix or replace any holes or tears in your screens to seal off pests.
Make sure that you are placing brushes a good distance from your home as these can attract insects. A pile of brush is an inviting home for household pests. The bugs can make their way inside if the brush is too close.
Avoid planting trees too close to the house if your home is prone to rat or mouse infestation. If there are trees too close to your house, this gives rodents access to high places such as the roof from which they can enter your home. A good distance to plant them at is 15 feet at the least.
If trees fall in the yard, clear the debris promptly. Chop it up to make firewood. You can sell it, use it yourself, or even give it to others. But, make sure to address the stump regardless. Termites will make a beeline for the stump if it just left outside.
Sometimes rats and mice decide that your stored camper or travel trailer would make a nice winter home. Thankfully, you can use natural repellents to discourage mice from entering and living in your camper. Smaller bags of repellent can smell good and do not have a poisonous effect, yet can keep mice away.
Avoid using mouse and rat poisons if you have free-running pets in the home. Your dog could get sick from catching a poisoned rodent. Not only is bad for your pets, it is extremely bad if there are children present. Young children have a tendency to put everything they find in their mouths.
Use hairspray to kill flying insects. It won’t harm your pets but will kill the insects. A coating of hairspray leaves them unable to fly. This is also great to kill bees with.
If you notice a hole in your floor or walls that looks like is made by a mouse, you should stuff the hole with a little bit of steel wool. The rodents will attempt to eat through it, which will kill them. Adding shredded steel wool to wood putty and using this mixture to fill any suspicious holes is effective against rodents.
Ask your neighbors to assist with pest eradication efforts. In city areas you will have the same pest problems that your neighbors have. It’s possible to rid your home of pests only to have those that live next door move over to your place. If all of your neighbors get on board, you will have the greatest chance of permanently eliminating your pest problem.
Read all the directions on the labels on pesticides before use. You may be tempted to use to use more of a pesticide than instructed, but don’t do that. In many cases, overusing pesticide won’t be any more effective and will also pose a health risk.
If bugs keep invading your home, inspect every inch of your home and apply caulk to every single crack you find. Foggers and sprays will not be able to go behind your cabinets or deep inside your walls where the bugs are living. The caulk will seal around pipes, where the molding meets the floors, and areas where bugs can enter.
Are you using pesticides? Are you using them correctly? If you’re spraying outside your home, you’re keeping the indoor pests inside. Make sure to apply pesticides in all appropriate areas.
Reduce the clutter to reduce the bugs. Many places in your home are very vulnerable. If you are suffering from a bug infestation, remove the clutter to make you home inhospitable.
Speak with neighbors for tips. The chances are probably good that neighbors who live close by are having similar, if not identical, problems. They may have suggestions that you have never heard of. It is also helpful to let them know in case they weren’t aware of the issue yet.
Now that you have a bit of information, it should be much easier to make headway against the critters invading your home. Keep this advice in mind and use it to get rid of pests for good. You’ll be pleased when those pests are finally gone.