Contending with household pests of all sorts can be a frustrating experience you will not soon forget. Education is critical to winning this kind of battle once and for all. Keep the advice that follows close at hand, and you will have everything you need to get the job done the right way.
Don’t wait for a pest control problem to become an infestation; call a professional or take action on your own immediately. You might think that just because you’ve only seen one or two or that you don’t see them often there isn’t a big problem. Do something fast or you can expect big problems later.
Go through the foundation and roof of your house to ensure that there’re no cracks or holes that pests can get into. If you find any, make sure you seal them up as soon as possible. Try to avoid using typical caulk as they usually can chew through this. Your best bet is to use something made with copper or mesh.
Outdoor lighting can attract pests, so try to keep this to a minimum. Use pastel-colored light bulbs in outside lights to keep bugs away.
If you’re using mulch, don’t mulch all the way to the side of your home. Leave a gap about half a foot in length between the mulch and your outdoor wall. This will give you (or any exterminator) a better ability to see if any pests (like termites) are crawling from the mulch onto your outdoor wall.
Avoid using mouse and rat poisons if you have free-running pets in the home. Cats and dogs that catch and eat poisoned rodents become poisoned themselves. If you have kids, this method is also not ideal. Some poison pellets look like candy.
Find out what types of bugs and rodents are common in your area. Make a list of things that are toxic or unpleasant to these animals and find out what attracts them. You must be adaptable to deal with a wide variety of pests.
Avoid furniture from unknown sources. Furniture, especially upholstered furniture, can harbor pests. To keep them out of your home, avoid furniture from resale shops, trading websites, or the side of the road. If you bring an infested piece of furniture into your home, it can spread to all of your own furniture as well.
Get rid of silverfish in your home by using aromatic spices. Spices such as clove, bay leaves or sage are often able to ward off silverfish. Sew these spices into small sachets. Display them in areas where your home is most likely susceptible to silverfish. Such areas include your bathroom, damp areas of your kitchen or behind the washer and dryer.
If you want to rid your home of silverfish, try this tip. Place a wet newspaper on the floor and wait until the next day. Certain people claim that the silverfish were on the newspaper in the morning. Have a trash bag handy, and quickly snatch up the paper and remove it from the house.
Mosquito infestations in your yard can be highly problematic, especially in the late summer. To prevent mosquitoes from infesting your yard and using it for breeding, make sure you don’t have any stagnant pools of water in your yard. Change the water in bird baths every week and avoid water build-up in sand boxes and other containers.
Household pests can be a terribly vexing dilemma and conquering them can prove to be a real challenge. The key is to learn all you can about effective strategies and methods. Just remember the advice found above, and you will be well prepared to do battle and win the war on pests in decisive fashion.