Once you have a pest problem, it can be very difficult to return things to normal. Getting rid of the issue could cost you a lot of money and time. Use the advice described here to solve your pest problem before it gets any worse.

Attack a pest problem at its source. If pests are an issue for you, find out what is causing them. Pests are probably attracted to your home because there is a source of water, available food, and adequate shelter. Be sure to close off points of entrance and keep food scraps cleaned up. Eliminate water leaks under the house.

Food that is being stored must be sealed well. Pests love the smell of food, so it is important to keep them away from scents. Take the trash out when it’s full. Garbage is something that bugs love to get into.

Place brushes a foot or more away from the home to keep pests from invading. All sorts of insects will make their home in this brush, no matter what you do. If bushes are near your windows or any other point of entrance, bugs will come off the bushes into your house.

Your water system needs to be free of leaks. All pests need a water source to survive. Interestingly, they sense a water leak, even from a good distance away. You do not want to be invaded by pests in your home. Put some effort into it and avoid the need to deal with pests in your house.

If you have crevices and cracks located in your home, make sure that you seal them off as soon as you can. Pests can get into your home through these cracks. Seal these cracks and place some orange oil or poison to keep the pest away.

Having some outdoor lights is great for entertainment purposes, or to keep away strangers, but it’s also seen as a fantastic way to keep pests around. When it comes to outdoor light-fixtures, stick with yellow or pink because they attract the fewest number of insects.

Are rodents coming into your home? Inspect your home on the outside for any small cracks. Cover these openings with scouring pads or use poison in these areas. You could also try repellents with a strong aroma, such as strong oils.

Plastic Containers

Store your dry foods in plastic containers. Lots of these products are sold in boxes or bags, which can be easily breached by pests. Whenever you shop, you should put dry goods into sealed bins. Plastic containers help keep food fresher longer and prevents pests.

Hairspray can kill insects that you see flying around the house. Hairspray will not harm your pets, but does kill bugs effectively. The hairspray creates a sticky barrier that prevents them from getting nourishment. If you have a bee flying around, this method can help prevent it from getting too close to you.

Steel Wool

If you’ve found a mouse hole, try cutting some steel wool and putting that in the hole. The rodents will try to eat through the steel wool and it will kill them. Put some spackle on the holes with steel wool to keep rodents away.

It is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the pest you want to eliminate from your home. Learn about the pest’s life cycle, food, likes and dislikes, etc. The more you know about a pest, the easier it will be to devise a way to eliminate it.

Not surprisingly, pests are easier to attract than to get rid of. Hopefully, you’ve learned what you need to know about pest control. If you have a bad problem, think about calling in an exterminator.