Almost everyone, at some point, needs to deal with a pest control problem. To keep pest out, you must learn about proper pest control techniques and strategies. With the proper tools and knowledge you can help protect your home against pests.
One of the things that you can do to get rid of the pest problem in your home is to vacuum all of the rugs in your house. You will sweep up pests living in the carpeting. When you are finished, throw the bag in the garbage.
Start from the beginning. A good way to deal with a household pest is to eliminate what they live on. Excess water and food are two reasons they may find your home attractive. Get rid of anything the might be attracting the pests.
Use outdoor sprays around your home to prevent insect entry. Spray the foundation, as well as steps, porches and areas near doors and windows. If you see suspicious cracks that could allow pests enter your home, spray them, too! You should then seal off these places with caulk or whatever filler you prefer.
Always seal your foods well when you are finished with them. Pests often have very good senses of smell, so leaving the container open can attract them by smell. In addition, when your trash bag is full, take it out immediately. Pests are also attracted to the scent of garbage.
There may be standing water hiding in your home, and you need to root it out. Pests are very attracted to standing water. Search for leaky pipes and make sure your plants’ trays are clean. Just like humans, insects and other pests require water to live. If you eliminate the water source, you eliminate the pests.
Do you have a mice problem? Try using mint. Go around the whole foundation of your house and plant mint. This will keep mice from wanting to live there. If mice is living in your home, you can sprinkle mint leaves all around the area where you see signs of mice. Mice are repelled by mint, but make sure that you use fresh leaves.
You may believe that your home has no signs of pest problems? However, you should still regularly check your entire home. If part of your house’s support structure is underground, then your house may be subject to subterranean termites who can eat the area of house that you do not see very often. Therefore, it is important to do a comprehensive check of your basement as well.
If mosquitoes don’t have a place to stay near your home, you will not have an infestation of them. Don’t allow areas of standing and stagnant water. Stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Do a little research on the rodents or insects that have made your house their home. Create a list of what these animals find toxic and figure out how to attract them to it. Tailoring your plan of action to the particular type of pest involved is the ideal approach to removing them from your home.
One deterrent to cockroaches is a lack of food, so make sure it is all safely sealed away. Open containers must be sealed completely in Tupperware or zip-top bags, not just sealed with a paperclip. Any type of food left out can keep roaches around. Keep all baking supplies, like flour and sugar, in sealed containers as well.
Seal all the cracks in your house with caulk to help combat a bug problem. You can’t get the insecticides deep into the crevices in your home where the pests like to live. Use your caulk to seal moldings at the floor joints, around pipes and all other spots where bugs can enter.
Carpenter ant infestations are almost always a sign of a bigger problem. They like wood that is wet, so this would mean that there might be leaks or rotten wood inside your home. Have an expert come in to determine where the problem is and how to fix it.
Read your pesticide’s directions thoroughly and be sure you follow them carefully too. You may not get the most out of them if you don’t follow the instructions. For example, if they recommend that you put down an application each day, do not skip a day. Otherwise, you may experience a substantial delay in your ultimate results.
As mentioned, every homeowner has to cope with pests at one point or another. Apply the tips you just read if you find bugs or rodents in your home. Don’t delay; start using these tips now!