TIP! A trained dog is a great termite-finding tool. Human inspectors only have the ability to render a verdict on 1/3 of the house.

Do you see evidence of living things within your pantry? Do you hear shuffling in the walls while you sleep? If you’ve said yes to either of these, then chances are, you have a problem with pests. Here is some excellent advice to help you keep pests out of your house.

Steel Wool

TIP! Make sure that your screens are fully functional at all times. Not only do the windows and screens keep out pests that fly, they can also keep the ones that crawl away as well.

Use steel wool to fill mouse holes. Rodents such as mice and rats are known to be able to chew through almost anything, but steel wool will stop them dead in their tracks. Stuff any opening that is bigger than one half inch. Remember, these pests can fit through very tiny openings.

TIP! Bedbugs can be very difficult to get rid of because they have a tendency to hide. Seal off any holes in the bed frame and around the bed before you begin exterminating.

Make sure you understand applicable codes and regulations regarding pest control methods. Spraying down a locally banned chemical can backfire if you try and sell your home later. Although this doesn’t happen often, this should motivate you to do some research on which methods of pest control have been approved in your area.

TIP! Do you find that you are battling ants in your home? You can remove them by creating a mixture of borax and sugar. They will come for the sugar and get killed by the borax.

If brown recluse spiders are causing problems, utilize adhesive traps. These spiders are poisonous and hard to reach using chemicals. They tend to hunt for food overnight. Traps along your baseboards and behind furniture will capture them.

TIP! Bushes should be at least about a foot from the house. All sorts of insects will make their home in this brush, no matter what you do.

You need to always have an inspector take a look at a house before you decide to buy it. Certain kinds of infestation are obvious, but remember that you will not really know what type of pest problems you will have until you live in the house for a little while.

TIP! If your pipes are leaking, fix them as soon as possible. Water is an attraction for a lot of pests.

A perimeter spray will discourage pests from getting too close to your home. In addition to the foundation, you should spray porches, patios, steps and around windows and doors. When spraying, look for small cracks where pests can come in. It can be very effective if you fill these spaces with caulk.

TIP! Plant new trees farther away from your home to cut down on rats and mice in your house. If you do, rodents will climb up them and get on your roof to enter your attic.

A dog trained to sniff for termites is the best method for checking for an infestation around the house. Humans can only check about a 30% of your home’s surface area for termite infestations. However, a dog that is properly trained is actually capable of ensuring a home’s safety one-hundred percent! These dogs can pick up the scent of methane gas which is caused by termites.

TIP! Plug in pest repellents are effective tools for eliminating bugs. They are plugged into outlets and emit sounds that repel vermin.

It is time to fix those leaky faucets and pipes. Pests love water. They can end up finding water in the most obscure places. Don’t let your neglect be the reason you have pests. Inspect your plumbing regularly and contact a professional if you notice a leak or need help with inspecting the plumbing that is not easily accessible.

Mint Leaves

TIP! Pests love hanging out in drains. Liquid pipe cleaner and snakes are effective at ridding your drain of pests, and should be used regularly.

If you are fighting a mice problem, you should consider using mint. Just plant mint all around your foundation. This will make the foundation undesirable for mice to live in. If mice are already a problem, think about placing mint leaves where you’re finding them. Most of the time, this will act as good repellent, but the mint leaves must be fresh.

TIP! Use plastic storage containers when storing dry food items. Boxes and bags are a lot easier for pests to get into than plastic containers.

Now, the pest problem is one step closer to ending. Use this advice to help you get rid of pests, big and small. It may not be easy, but you can be successful.