When you have pests in your home, you may feel like there is no end in sight. Sometimes it just seems they’re growing in number, even though you’re doing all you can. If you feel this way, try out the tips in this article and find what works for you.
Begin your pest control from ground zero. If pests have emerged, determine how they are getting food. Pests are attracted to food, water, and shelter. Leaks, scraps of food and easy access are a pest’s best friends; make it harder for them to survive.
Research which pest treatments are allowed in accordance to your building codes and local ordinances. You do not want to use harmful chemicals that contaminate your home and make it hard to sell in the future. It should motivate you to find out the right pest control methods.
Always have a new home inspected by a pest specialist. Certain signs of infestation are easy to recognize, but keep in mind that you have no way of knowing what kind of pest is hiding under the home or in the insulation until you stay in the home for a few days.
There are dogs that are specially trained to detect termites. Human inspectors can only really verify approximately one-third of your whole home. Trained termite sniffing dogs can check your home out completely. These dogs sniff out methane gas, which directly comes from termites eating your wood.
If rats and mice have previously posed problems, avoid planting trees near the house. This makes an easy way for these rodents to climb up and enter your home using the attic or roof. They should be about 15 or more feet from your house.
You may need to inspect your plumbing if you have a chronic pest problem. Be sure that no drains or sinks are clogged, in and outside your house. When drains become clogged, the resultant mess provides a food source for undesirable creatures. After you clear them, check regularly for clogs.
Many electronic pest repellents work well. When these little gadgets are plugged into electrical outlets, a small buzz is emitted, keeping away the rodents. You may not be able to hear it and it will not hurt you or your pets. Rodents will leave the area because the noise is unpleasant, not because it is harmful.
Do you have a camper that you store over the winter? If so, then it is possible for mice to live in it. You can discourage them with use of these natural repellents. These repellants can help greatly in reducing rodent nuisances while still keeping the air fresh-smelling, without introducing poison into the environment.
If you see mice holes in the floor or walls, cut steel wool to size and insert into the holes. The mice or rats will eat it and they’ll end up dying. Spackle those holes using a little bit of steel wool mixed with wood putty to keep the rodents away.
It isn’t easy to eliminate pests. Sometimes it takes weeks, months, years or decades to eradicate them. Use the above advice to eliminate pests, for good. You can sleep better at night knowing you no longer have pests.