Even if your home is a minimalist environment, it should be free of pests. If you have a pest problem, read the following article for some much needed advice. The sooner the problem is addressed, the sooner your unwanted guests will leave.
Plug up holes that pests, like mice, can get into with steel wool. While rats and mice can chew through them, the thin metal strands are too tough to chew. Stuff any opening that is bigger than one half inch. These animals can squeeze through extremely small openings.
Spraying hairspray on wasps, bees or other flying pest can immobilize them almost instantly. The spray contains chemicals that will kill bugs and scents that prevent their return.
Get to the root of the problem. Try to keep the pest from eating, and you can starve it out. Your home is providing what the pests need; you need to work to eradicate that. Be sure to close off points of entrance and keep food scraps cleaned up. Eliminate water leaks under the house.
There are dogs trained to sniff out termites so you can know for sure whether you have them. A human can be effective, but not as effective as a dog. Well-trained dogs can inspect the entire house. Dogs are attuned to odors like methane that are released when wood is eaten by termites.
Bedbugs have a habit of hiding in tiny places, which makes them hard to eliminate. Before you attempt extermination, close off any holes. By doing this, you will prevent them being able to escape a timely death.
Place brushes a foot or more away from the home to keep pests from invading. Various insects use this brush as their home and there is very little you can do to stop this. Placing it closer will bring the bugs to you inside.
If cracks and crevices are visible, make certain to seal them immediately. Often, pests use these little holes to get into your house. If you seal them up, the mosquitoes will not find a way to get inside.
As a security measure or a way to make the most of your yard, outdoor lighting is an excellent thing. Unfortunately, it also attracts lots of night insects. Bugs and pests do not particularly care for the colors orange, pink and yellow, so using these colored bulbs can help deter certain pests.
You need to check your whole house, even if many areas usually don’t show signs of pests. If there is any subterranean area of your home, you may have problems with termites. Check crawl spaces and basements.
If trees fall in the yard, clear the debris promptly. Hack up the trunk and limbs for use as firewood. You can either use it yourself, sell it, or even give it away. But, make sure to address the stump regardless. Stumps are no longer alive and therefore can draw termites.
You should not have to live with insects or rodents, no matter what your current situation is. Apply what you’ve read here, and start living without these intruders. No one should have to deal with pests and insects where they sleep. With some effort, you should be able to take care of the pests in your home.