As a homeowner, one of the most annoying problem you may encounter is pests. There are many kinds of pests you may have. Pests can be rodents, ants, roaches, or flies. Some, such as termites, can cause damage to your house. These are some tips and tricks to reduce any pest problems you might have.
Keep pests out of your home by using a perimeter spray outside. Spray your foundation too, as well as areas near windows and doors, steps, and porches. When you spray, make sure you thoroughly check for any cracks in your home, because pests can enter through them. Seal up these places with fillers like caulk.
If you are wondering if you have termites, get a dog that can smell them. Human termite inspectors cannot verify that your entire home is safe from termites. In fact, these inspectors can only claim up to one-third is safe. Trained dogs are able to check all of the house. These dogs sniff out methane gas, which directly comes from termites eating your wood.
Bedbugs are sneaky little creatures that are hard to kill. Close holes before you try to exterminate them. This will not only trap the bed bugs from escaping back into your bed, it will also prevent them from hiding there in the future.
Leaks in the water system must be repaired. Pests gravitate toward sources of water. If there is a drip far away, they can sense it. Don’t allow pests to invade your home because of a leak you can easily fix. A little work on your home will ensure that they will not enter.
Put some mint around the house to keep mice away. Plant mint plants around the foundation of your home. It will keep mice from wanting to settle in there. If you’ve got mice, sprinkle some mint leaves near the affected areas. Usually, this keeps mice away. But, be sure the mint you use is fresh.
Outdoor lighting really does attract the pests. If outdoor lights are necessary, use yellow, orange or pink bulbs to keep pests at bay.
Are you finding rodents in your home? You need to look at your home’s exterior for small openings that animals can squeeze through. Cover these openings with scouring pads or use poison in these areas. In some instances, odor repellents like mustard oil might work.
Drains can be very attractive to various pests. Perform a monthly check of your drains with a snake or with a liquid cleaner that can flush them out. Refuse and other objects may cause mold to grow inside the drain, which make it more attractive to pests.
Try to learn everything possible about the pests that you are trying to kill. Know what it eats, its likes and dislikes, its life cycle, etc. The more you know about a pest, the easier it will be to devise a way to eliminate it.
It doesn’t matter what pests you have, you’ll want to get them out as fast as possible. Use everything you have read to come up with the most effective pest control plan possible. Remember what you’ve learned here, and you will be free of pests soon enough.