Does the thoughts of rodents running around your house give you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach? Are you using a monthly pest control service that is not being effective? Maybe that pest control service is a bit expensive? Read on to learn solid advice about taking care of it yourself.
Always have new homes inspected by a trained professional. While some pests are easy to see, others aren’t as noticeable.
If you have pest problems in rooms with sinks, check your drains. Make sure that all sinks and drains are unclogged, both in and around your home. Pests like roaches and flies like the food stuff that accumulates in these areas. Check drains once a month to ensure they are free of clogs.
Quickly remove fallen trees from your yard. Cut them up and use the pieces for firewood. Use the wood or give it to people. Don’t just leave the stump there. The dead wood in stumps is very attractive to termites.
Have rodents made an appearance in the house? If so, then start inspecting the outside of your home for any tiny openings that they could have squeezed themselves through. Fill any cracks you find with scouring pads, or fill them with poison. There are times when odor will repel pests. Mustard oil is good for this.
Do not use rat or mouse poison if you have pets in your home. If your animal catches a rodent that’s sick or toys with one that’s dead, then poison can get ingested. You should also not use these kinds of things if you have kids around. Kids might think the pellets are candy.
Drains can be very attractive to various pests. Therefore, you should ensure that you regularly clean them on a monthly basis. Pour liquid cleaner down your drain in order to flush out pests, or you could actually put a snake into your drain. Debris, among other things, can be a cause of mold and other things that pests enjoy living in.
Put some steel wool in any holes so rodents cannot crawl through. The steel wool will kill the mice when they attempt to eat through it. Fill in the whole with spackle containing steel wool to prevent new holes from being created.
Store your food properly to prevent pest from getting to it. Plastic and glass containers are the best way to go as long as they have a tight fitting lid. Don’t use paper bags or cardboard, because pests can chew through those things.
If you have a bug problem, invest in a lot of caulk to seal every crack in your home. Foggers and sprays will not be able to go behind your cabinets or deep inside your walls where the bugs are living. Seal the moldings around the sink, pipes, and where the wall meets your floor with caulk to prevent bugs from exiting and entering.
Reduce the amount of clutter that you have in your home or basement to eliminate bugs. There are a lot of places that bugs can hide. Reducing clutter rids your home of nesting places.
If you suspect termites when you come across any wood damage, inspect the annual wood rings. If the rings have been affected, then termites are not damaging the wood. That’s because termites will not consume the rings of the wood. Instead, they consume the soft parts. If you do find that the rings are not damaged, then you likely do have a termite infestation.
If a professional has installed stations for baiting mice, learn where they’re placed. You also need to keep all your pets away from the traps. The poison that is in these mice bait stations is strong enough to make a dog very ill or even kill it.
We hope this article has empowered you to tackle your problem. Take action once you have identified the kind of pest you are dealing with. You should feel confident enough to do it because you have the ability to do it. Use these tips to rid your home of these pests right away! You don’t have to hang out with them anymore.