Pest control problems are common among homeowners. Knowing how to combat a pest problem can prevent it from getting out of control and taking over your home. Having proper knowledge can keep your family from dealing with pests.
Do you have many brown recluse spiders in your home? Try using sticky traps. These spiders are likely to hide in some deep cracks. Spiders come out during the night to eat. Add traps near the walls, behind sofas and other furniture so that you stand a good chance of trapping them.
Keep insects out of your home by using a repellant spray on the perimeter of your home. Cover your home’s foundation, porch, steps and spaces near windows and doors. Make sure you are keeping your eyes open for any cracks. Use caulk or the right kind of filler to seal these areas.
Want to know whether or not termites are in your home? Have a trained dog locate them. Don’t rely on another human being. Qualified humans are only able to tell you if one-third of the house is termite-free. A well-trained, termite sniffing dog can find all of them. Dogs cannot be beat. Termites create the byproduct called methane gas from eating wood, which the dogs are able to smell.
Is your home infested with ants? Get rid of them by using a mixture of sugar and borax. The ants will be attracted to the sweet scent from the sugar, and they will be killed by the borax. Make a trap by blending equal parts borax and sugar in a quart-sized jar. Put some holes in the top of the lid to make it easy to sprinkle.
Look around your house for standing water. Pests love standing water because it is a drinking source and also a breeding ground for certain insects. Inspect your home and look for leaky pipes. Also, the trays holding your indoor plants might conceal standing water, as well. Pests require water to stay alive, so getting rid of these areas will discourage pests from living there.
It is important to keep brush and firewood at minimum a foot from your house. Insects that nest in wild brush will enter your home if they are close enough. Having vegetation right up against your home is just asking to have a pest problem, no matter what else you do to keep them out.
Even if your home doesn’t show any issues, check the entire thing on occasion. Include checking underneath the house when looking for pests. Pay particular attention to your crawl space or basement.
Store dry food products in plastic containers. Pests can easily bite through bags or boxes that most foods usually come in. Whenever you shop, you should put dry goods into sealed bins. Using containers made from plastic can keep pests under control and extend the freshness of foods.
All homeowners have pest control issues to deal with. To prevent them from entering your home, put the above advice to good use. Take action today!