No one should have to live with pests. If you have a pest problem, read the following article for some much needed advice. If you start to tackle things now, you can have a pest-free home before long.
When you find holes that pests can get in through, stop it up with steel wool. The metal in this is too tough for the teeth of the rodents. Fill in any space more than half an inch. Animals can get through very small openings.
If you have had a bedbug infestation and you think they are all gone, be careful. Bedbugs can go without eating for a year. Do everything you can to seal any holes in your home’s walls, ceilings and floors. They cannot hide there then.
Make sure that all your food is properly stored and sealed. Many kinds of pests are attracted to the scent of food, so do not give them anything to be drawn to. Whenever your trashcan becomes full, you should immediately take it out. Trash is yet another source of alluring smells for the pests and should be avoided at all costs.
Have an ant infestation? Mixing borax and sugar together will kill those ants dead. The scent of the sugar will draw them into the deadly borax. To create the mixture, get a jar the size of a quart and mix one cup borax and one of sugar. Sprinkle this mixture along the baseboards of your home, as well as the foundation.
Inspect your home for standing water which may be in hidden areas. This can be a big problem if you have pests. Check for pipes that are leaking and trays you use for plants. Without water sources, pests will not thrive in your house.
No matter whether you can see signs of infestation or not, have the entire residence examined anyway. Include checking underneath the house when looking for pests. Make sure crawl spaces and basements are inspected thoroughly.
Do you have a problem with rodents invading your home? You need to inspect your home from the outside and look for small cracks animals might squeeze through. Fill cracks with clean scouring pads and/or place a small amount of rat poison in there. You can also use mustard oil, whose scent can repel rodents.
Prevent mosquitoes from invading your home by removing the environment that they like. Drain kiddie pools and buckets that are sitting on your property. Studies have shown that mosquitoes breed in very small areas of water, such as water left in discarded food cans.
Drains are a huge place for pests to reside. Clean and maintain the drains at least monthly. You can use liquid drain cleaners or run a snake down the drain. When things accumulate in drains, pests can easily burrow up in there and make it their home.
You should not have to live with insects or rodents, no matter what your current situation is. Keep this advice in mind when trying to get rid of the pests in your home. No one should have pests around them in their domain. With some effort, you should be able to take care of the pests in your home.