Once pests have entered your home, eliminating them is difficult. Doing so can cost quite a bit of money and be an inconvenience to your life. Use the tips presented here to finally get a handle on your pest problem before it causes real damage.
Get to the root of the problem. 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. Eliminating any entrances to your home and securing any food sources is the first step to dealing with the problem.
Know your local building codes and ordinances regarding what specific treatments are available for pest control. Using chemicals that are banned can do you an injustice if you put your home on the market. While this is pretty rare in occurrence, it does give you motivation to research what pest control methods are approved and successful in your community.
Use sticky traps in order to snare the brown recluse spiders in your home. It can be hard to get to these critters with chemicals, as they hide in deep areas. However, during the night, they come out to find food. Place the traps along your home’s walls and in behind your furniture.
Do not buy a house unless a professional inspection has been done. Some infestations are easy to spot, but others take time and observation to catch.
You should fix screens around the house if you have flying insects. These also help eliminate pesky crawling bugs. If there are holes in your home’s screens, repair or replace them.
Do you have ants in your home? Use sugar and borax to eliminate them. Sugar acts as an attractant, then the borax will cause them to die when they get to it. Use a quart jar with equal parts of each. Poke holes on the lid and then sprinkle the areas where the ants are.
Always fix leaks in the plumbing. Moist environments attract pests. Interestingly, they sense a water leak, even from a good distance away. Do not be the reason that you are being invaded by pests. Keep your home in good order to eliminate conditions that attract pests.
Mint can help in your battle against mice. Go around the whole foundation of your house and plant mint. This will make the foundation undesirable for mice to live in. Try sprinkling some leaves where the mice live. While this will usually do, make sure the mint leaves are fresh.
If you recycle each week, make sure that the recycles are rinsed efficiently. It is especially important that soda cans, which house sugar residue, get rinsed well. The soda needs to be rinsed clean before anything is put inside the garage.
To control pests, take a look at your plumbing. Be certain your drains are clog-free, inside and outside the house. Organic materials inside drains can prove quite hospitable to insects. After you clear them, check regularly for clogs.
Not surprisingly, pests are easier to attract than to get rid of. Now, you know what it takes to control pests. Sometimes the only solution is to call in the professionals.