Have you seen creepy crawlers in your house? Are you hearing things shuffling around at night? Both homeowners and renters face issues with pests and the problem cannot be solved on its own. The following tips will help you hit the ground running as you formulate a pest control strategy.
Start from where the starting line is. Try to keep the pest from eating, and you can starve it out. If your home provides easy access to food and shelter, pests will invade. Seek out sources of food, water and entry points to your home.
You need to always have an inspector take a look at a house before you decide to buy it. Some infestations are easy to spot, but others take time and observation to catch.
Those who are contending with flying bugs must make repairs to all window screens. The windows and screens keep out both flying and crawling bugs. If your screens have holes in them, get them fixed so that bugs cannot enter.
It can be hard to eradicate bed bugs; they hide in small places. Be sure to seal off any open holes prior to attempting any extermination. This will ensure that bugs cannot hide in the holes during the extermination process, only to emerge later.
Have an ant infestation? Get rid of them by using a mixture of sugar and borax. The scent of the sugar will draw them into the deadly borax. Use a quart jar with equal parts of each. Punch holes in the top of the jar and sprinkle the mixture in areas where pests like to gather, such as baseboards and the home’s foundation.
Check your home for hidden standing water. Pests are highly attracted to standing water. Fix leaky pipes and check the water trays under any houseplants. Without water sources, pests will not thrive in your house.
If you routinely collect recyclables, be certain they are always well-rinsed. Soda cans contain a great deal of sugar, which pests love, so make sure these are especially well rinsed. Rinse soda cans out before storing them.
Check the plumbing in your house, if you have pests. Be sure that there are no clogged drains or sinks around or in your home. When drains become clogged, the resultant mess provides a food source for undesirable creatures. When you clear your drains, be sure to check on them every month.
If a tree happens to fall, remove it from your property right away. You can even cut up the trunk or branches and use it for firewood. Use the wood or give it to people. But don’t forget to remember the stump as well. The dead wood in stumps is very attractive to termites.
If you are like most people, you do not want to share your home with insects and rodents. Make use of the knowledge provided above in order to permanently eliminate these pesky creatures. You deserve to live in a home free of all pesky beings, so practice pest control now.