Seeing creatures lurking about the house is irksome. Perhaps even the pest control experts aren’t eradicating your problem? Maybe you would rather keep the money versus paying them for their services. Read this advice to take care of the problem on your own.

Steel Wool

You can put steel wool in the holes to keep rodents away. Rodents such as mice and rats are known to be able to chew through almost anything, but steel wool will stop them dead in their tracks. Seal any opening that is over a half inch in diameter. The pests can enter your home through very small openings.

Before purchasing a home, make sure you have it professionally inspected for pests. Certain signs of infestation are easy to recognize, but keep in mind that you have no way of knowing what kind of pest is hiding under the home or in the insulation until you stay in the home for a few days.

Always store your food carefully. Pests like the smell of food, so don’t allow them to smell it. Always take out the trash immediately when the container has reached its limit. Scent from trash also attracts pests.

Flying Insects

Repair all of your screens if flying insects are prevalent in your area. Screens not only protect your home from flying insects, they also help keep crawling insects from infiltrating your home. Holes that are in your screens are an open invitation to let bugs into your home.

Bedbugs have a habit of hiding in tiny places, which makes them hard to eliminate. Seal off any holes in the bed frame and around the bed before you begin exterminating. This will ensure that bugs cannot hide in the holes during the extermination process, only to emerge later.

Don’t plant trees near your home if you have rat problems. Rodents then climb your trees and enter your home through the attic or roof. Place them at least 15 feet away from your home.

Check your plumbing area if you choose to deal with your pest problem. You need to double check to be positive the sinks and drains around your home are not clogged. Organic matter may build up in them and make a great meal for roaches and flies. Check your drains every month.

Store all edible items properly. Plastic and glass containers are the best way to go as long as they have a tight fitting lid. Don’t use paper or cardboard bags because pests can easily claw or chew through them.

Inspect walls and your foundation for cracks. The older a house is the more cracks you will find within the structure. Those cracks serve as entry points for all sorts of pests. Be sure to look at the ceiling too. The small cracks they form are usable by pests.

If you have a bug problem, invest in a lot of caulk to seal every crack in your home. Foggers and sprays aren’t able to reach deep within walls, or behind places that bugs love to live and hide. You should seal areas around pipes under the sink and along molding so that bugs can’t travel back and forth.

Do proactive pest control methods, such as keeping bushes and flower beds about 2-3 feet from your house. If you can, use tiles around your home’s perimeter to keep rodents and insects at bay. This also means you can open your windows, since flying pests can no longer enter.

If you’ve got termites, you need a good termiticide. Of these, there are two types: termaticides which kill termites and those that repel them. Either one has to be applied deeply around your property and foundation. You may need as to use as much as 100 gallons of termiticide to see results.

When purchasing pesticide, bring examples of the specific pests to the store. This helps them decide what pest you’re dealing with and what pesticide is needed. Different pesticides are effective on different pests. Doing this will ensure you have the right product.

Know where all mice bait station are place so you can regularly inspect them. You must keep your pets away from these baited traps. Mouse poison is also poisonous to dogs to a degree such that it might kill them.

Do you spread compost in your garden? This might be your pest source. You can still use compost, but make sure it is not too close to your living space. Also, keep pets and young children from walking near it. Compost should be kept away from plants, since the bugs that compost attracts might eat your plants.

You should feel more empowered. Be proactive! Create a plan of action against bugs! You should feel empowered now to do just that. Use these tips to get rid of bugs for good. You simply do not have to tolerate them.