Aren’t you fed up with rodents and insects running all over your home? Perhaps you have a routine pest control service, but it no longer seems effective. Maybe you don’t wish to pay people for that? Read this advice to take care of the problem on your own.

Do you have many brown recluse spiders in your home? Try using sticky traps. These spiders are poisonous and hard to reach using chemicals. When night falls, these spiders look for food. The best way to catch them is by putting traps behind furniture and along your walls.

If you think you may have termites, but are not certain, call in the dogs. They beat humans at sniffing termites out. Human inspectors are only able to detect about 33% of the termites around your home. A termite-sniffing dog, on the other hand, can detect termites anywhere in your home. They smell for the methane gas that is a byproduct of termites eating wood.

When you’re not using your food, be sure it’s sealed properly. Pests love the smell of food, so it is important to keep them away from scents. Be sure to keep trashcans emptied, as well. Both insects, critters and rodents alike find it hard to resist the smell of garbage.

Make sure that your screens are fully functional at all times. The windows and screens keep out both flying and crawling bugs. If you find holes in the screens, make repairs to keep the bugs out.

If you recycle every week, be sure to rinse out the bins thoroughly. Soda cans contain a great deal of sugar, which pests love, so make sure these are especially well rinsed. When you put your recycle bin outside or in the garage, be sure it’s not sticky by rinsing out every container you place in it.

Dispose of fallen trees around your yard. You can even cut up the trunk or branches and use it for firewood. Give it away or sell it if you don’t have a use for it yourself. Don’t neglect the stump though. Stumps make the termites come around.

Do you have rodents? You might need to look at the outside of your home for places they may be getting in. Fill cracks with clean scouring pads and/or place a small amount of rat poison in there. Mustard oil may also work as a repellent too.

If you want to eliminate pests from your home and prevent them from returning, you need to do your research. Know what your pest eats, how long it lives, and what it does and doesn’t like. The more you know about a pest, the easier it will be to devise a way to eliminate it.

Store food properly to keep pests from getting into it. It is best to use glass or plastic containers. Just ensure that they contain a sealed lid. Avoid using a paper or cardboard bag when packing up food because these things are easily chewed through.

Pests may be attracted to recycle bins. Any recycled materials should be kept outside of the house. If you can’t do this, rinse everything before throwing it in the bin. Use sealed recycling containers to keep pests away from your trash.

When trying to combat a problem with mice or rats remember this: they’ll eat pretty much anything. You should put food of all kinds in the trap. Spoiled food can work too, and using it can be a great way to dispose of it.

Deal with bee hives and wasp nests at night or in the evening. Hives can often be removed by homeowners with a commercial spray foam. You can kill bees using foam from the hardware store. Ideally, the hive should be sprayed at nighttime since bees are less active then. After spraying, watch the hive for a few days and repeat the spraying if needed. After you know the bees have been killed, remove the hive.

Now you should feel some power. You can fight back against your household pests by taking action now. You should be feeling ready for action now that you know victory is possible. Use the advice above, and get rid of those pests once and for all. You don’t have to suffer any longer.