Having pests invade your home can be a real headache. Much time and money can be spent eradicating pests. By following the tips presented here, you can get control of your pest situation quickly and easily.
Use steel wool to plug any holes that may be an entrance way for pests, like mice. Although rodents can chew through many different kinds of materials, this steel wool is too tough for them. All openings bigger than a quarter inch need to be stuffed. Mice and rats can squeeze through some tiny openings.
A good way to prevent pests is by vacuuming your carpets well and often. Vacuum your smaller rugs often as well. By doing this, you will pick up existing bugs, ants and fleas around the house. When you finish vacuuming, dispose of the bag or empty the canister.
Do you have recurring fruit flies? The source of your problem may be your drain. Place some plastic wrap on a drain to see if small flies or other bugs appear. If the flies do appear, pour boiling water down the drain and scrub it clean. This ought to stop fruit flies breeding.
A perimeter spray will discourage pests from getting too close to your home. Spray around the foundation, porches, steps and anything near a door or a window. While you spray, look around for crevices that pests can use as an entrance point to your home. Caulk these areas immediately so that pests have no way into your home.
Be cautious when trying to eliminate bed bugs. Bedbugs can go without feeding for a whole year. This is the reason why you should seal off holes in your floors and walls. It will make it impossible for them to hide there.
If you have food out it should always be sealed. Pests like the smell of food, so don’t allow them to smell it. Take your trash out regularly to avoid attracting pests. This is another scent pests like.
If you have a chronic rat or mice problem, pay special care when planting trees around your home. Keep them a good distance away from your house. This makes an easy way for these rodents to climb up and enter your home using the attic or roof. A good rule of thumb is to plant trees no less than 15 feet from the edge of your house.
If you are trying to get rid of mice, mint may help. Plant mint outside around your home’s foundation. This will make the mice find another home that has less aversive stimuli. Put mint leaves in the areas where you have seen mice in your home. Mint leaves effectively repel mice if they are fresh.
You need to check your whole house, even if many areas usually don’t show signs of pests. 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. Don’t neglect to check your crawl space or basement.
In conclusion, allowing pests into your home is simpler than getting rid of them. You have hopefully learned how to get rid of these annoying pests. If your pests have gotten out of control, you might need an exterminator.