There is no universal solution to pest control. You have to educate yourself and experiment to see what will work best for your situation. The piece that follows will help you do just that.
Use steel wool to plug in openings where rodents can enter. Steel wool will prove nearly impossible for even a rat to chew through. Stuff any holes larger than 1/2 inch. Animals can get through very small openings.
One of the ways that you can kill hornets, wasps or bees around your house is to spray them with hairspray. The hairspray kills the insects, and the residual odor repels new ones from emerging.
Use sticky-paper traps to control brown recluse spiders. You can’t always get pesticides deep in the recesses where these spiders like to hang out. The will come out during the night to look for food. You can catch them with traps strategically placed behind furnishings and along the walls.
Make sure to take precaution with bedbugs when you are trying to eliminate them. Bedbugs do not have to eat for a full year. Therefore, you should ensure that any openings in the floors and walls are kept closed. They will not be able to get into these areas.
Food should always be properly stored and sealed within its container when not in use. A lot of species of pests are drawn to the smell of food, so control food scents. You need to take out the garbage if it is full. Pests like this scent too.
Get rid of the standing water around your home. Standing water attracts all kinds of pests. Do a thorough job of checking your pipes for leaks, and remember to empty the trays from beneath your house plants. Pests require water to thrive, so getting rid of it will make it that much harder for pests to live in your home.
Mint can keep mice away from your home. Put in mint plants around your home foundation. Mice do not like mint and will avoid your home. If you’ve got mice, sprinkle some mint leaves near the affected areas. While this will usually do, make sure the mint leaves are fresh.
If you practice recycling, make sure to rinse out all bottles can cans. Specifically watch out for soda cans, as the sugars in sodas attract many different pests. Be certain to rinse soda bottles before placing them in your recycling bin.
Outdoor lighting is wonderful for entertaining and to divert strangers from your home, but these lights can attract pests. If outdoor lights are necessary, use yellow, orange or pink bulbs to keep pests at bay.
If you have a pest problem, you can easily find a solution. Consult a professional at your local Lowe’s or other home improvement store. They know which treatments are effective at getting rid of various pests.
Hairspray can be used to kill flying insects. This is entirely safe for you as well as any pets, but works to eliminate the insects. The hairspray will stick to them before they can get to water or food. This is a great option if you happen to have a bee fly in your home and do not want to get too close.
It is very important to determine the entry point of pests and bugs. For example, there may be openings around your windows that are letting in flies or maybe the family pet is bringing in fleas or other insects. Get rid of the root of the issue to solve the larger problem.
With these solutions at your disposal, you should be able to eliminate your pests. Apply what you’ve learned and you won’t have a problem anymore. You’ll be pleased when those pests are finally gone.