Do you notice pests in your home at night? Things going bump in the night that you can’t identify? This can be your first clue that you need to start pest control measures. The article below contains pest control tips you can use to make your home yours again.
Do you have a fruit fly problem? Your drain could be causing your pest problem. To see if your drains are breeding grounds for fruit flies simply place plastic wrap over your drain. After a few days, check to see if your drains have fruit flies. If fruit flies still appear, scrub around your drain after pouring boiling water. This should keep away fruit flies and stop them from breeding in that area.
To definitively learn whether you have termites, use a trained dog. A human termite inspector can only verify that about a third of your home is safe. A dog that is properly trained can sniff out 100 percent of your property. They can smell methane gas that the termites leave behind when they eat wood.
Screens in your home should be repaired to keep out flying insects. Not only do they keep out the flying pests, but they help to keep out small crawling insects as well. Fix any holes you find and replace the screens if they are damaged.
Use mint to keep mice away from your home. Plant mint plants all along the exterior of your home. Mice will not want to live anywhere near it. When you sprinkle mint leaves in various areas of your home, it will keep mice away. This usually repels mice, but you must always use fresh mint leaves.
If you participate in recycling, be sure to rinse all recyclable items carefully. Soda cans, which contain sugar, should be rinsed clean. Do not leave soda in the cans when you put them out to recycle.
Outside lights have their advantages but you should know these lights will attract pests. If outdoor lights are necessary, use yellow, orange or pink bulbs to keep pests at bay.
Check out your entire home periodically, even if you have not noticed any pests in your living area. Your home can be affected by underground termites if part of it lies under the ground. Get basements and crawl spaces checked out.
Have rodents made an appearance in the house? Look around the outside of your home for any small crevices they could be crawling through. Use scouring pads and poison to fill such cracks. You can also use mustard oil, whose scent can repel rodents.
If you’ve got pets, avoid mouse or rat poison. If your cat or dog catches a sick rodent or plays with a dead one, it can ingest the poison. Additionally, children can be poisoned by this type of bait. Children can easily confuse the pellet shaped poisons as candy.
Regardless of whether you are an owner or renter, you don’t want pests in your home. Tell pests that they are no longer welcome in your home. Nighttime should be calm, not a cacophony of scurrying bugs and rodents.