Is there evidence of something living inside your home? Do you hear something scurrying through your ceiling at night while you are trying to sleep? You may have an issue with pests that you need to deal with. Eliminate pests with the knowledge you have gained from this article.
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. If an inspector checks your house on his own, he is only able to confirm that you are about one-third free of termites. Well-trained dogs can inspect the entire house. They will notice methane gas, which can come from termites consuming the wood in your home.
If you are dealing with bedbugs, be wary. Bedbugs can lay in wait for an entire year without eating. Close all the holes and cracks in your walls and floors. They will not be able to get into these areas.
Are you dealing with ants? Use borax and sugar to terminate them. Borax in the sugar will kill the ants. To create this mixture, get yourself a quart jar, and use a cup of sugar and a cup of borax. Put the mixture in a jar with holes punctured into the top, then shake it over baseboards and over your home’s foundation.
Brush should be placed away from the house. It should be at least 12 inches away from the home. Many insects will take up residence here, regardless of the preventative measures you take. If you locate the brush right next to your house, the insects will inevitably find their way inside.
If you practice recycling, make sure to rinse out all bottles can cans. Many items like soda cans have sugar in them. Rinse soda cans and bottles carefully so the sugar does not attract pests in your garage.
Did you see rodents in your home? You need to look at your home’s exterior for small openings that animals can squeeze through. If you find any cracks fill them up with steel wool pads or poison. Use mustard oil to chase the rodents from your home if they are inside.
Drains are a common place in which pests can be found. Be certain you check your drains regularly. Clean them with a snake monthly or use a liquid cleaner. Debris and such can lead to mold, which can provide pests an ideal environment in which to thrive.
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. Mice will attempt to eat through this steel wool, which will kill them. Mixing wood putty with the steel wool will plug the holes and keep your home rodent free.
Finding how pests are getting into your home is the key to defeating them. For example, maybe your pets track them in, or perhaps your window has a small gap where spiders can crawl through. Determining the source of the problem allows you to eliminate it.
Exterior lighting can also attract pests. Do not put the light right near the entrance. You can also reduce the chances of these bugs getting in your home by using yellow or orange lights that bugs are not attracted to as much.
Heed the directions on the pesticide label. Although you might think you will get better results if you use more than the directions tell you to use, that is not the case. Often, when you use more, you endanger creatures other than the pests.
Now, you should be ready to get rid of those pests that are costing you a good night’s sleep. Use this advice to help you get rid of pests, big and small. It might take time, but soon you won’t hear scurrying in the ceiling, and you can sleep better knowing nothing is there.