TIP! Before you purchase a home, have it checked out by a reputable pest control company. 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.

Pets problems in the home and/or office can be annoying, and hazardous to one’s health. While getting rid of the pests completely can be difficult and costly, you must take steps to control the population. Use the following advice to prevent pests from ruining your home.

TIP! There are dogs that are specially trained to detect termites. A human that looks for termites may only be able to see if a third or so of your house is safe.

Begin your pest control from ground zero. If you have a pest problem, eliminate their food source. You are likely providing food, shelter and water to the pests right now. Look to see you do not have food scraps laying around. Plug any potential entryways. Look for sources of water leakage.

TIP! Even if you believe your bedbug problem is gone, be wary. Bedbugs are able to go without eating for up to a year.

Don’t buy a home without having a professional exterminator examine it first. Some pest problems are easy to spot, but others pests may be invisible because they hide in the home’s foundation or insulation. You won’t be able to identify these problems with a simple walkthrough.

TIP! You should fix screens around the house if you have flying insects. Flying pests can get through screens that are not functional.

A trained dog can help sniff out the termites in your home. A dog can find termites better than a person who inspects homes for pests. If you get a dog that can find them, they most likely ensure the safety of your entire residence. These dogs sniff out methane gas, which directly comes from termites eating your wood.

Flying Insects

TIP! Repair all leaks in your plumbing. Moist environments attract pests.

Repair all of your screens if flying insects are prevalent in your area. Screens on your doors and windows can not only prevent flying insects from coming in your home, they can also help prevent other crawling insects from coming in, too. If you find holes in the screens, make repairs to keep the bugs out.

TIP! Checking your plumbing is one way to get a hold on the pest population in your house. Be sure that no drains or sinks are clogged, in and outside your house.

As a security measure or a way to make the most of your yard, outdoor lighting is an excellent thing. Unfortunately, it also attracts lots of night insects. When it comes to outdoor light-fixtures, stick with yellow or pink because they attract the fewest number of insects.

TIP! Do not leave fallen trees in your yard. You can even cut up the trunk or branches and use it for firewood.

Check every foot of your home for pests, as no area is immune. If your home’s structure goes underground at all, then subterranean termites might be eating part of your home that you rarely venture to. Check out your basement and any other underground area.

TIP! Watch out for mice around a stored camper or travel trailer. Try natural products to repel these pests first.

Get rid of any trees that have fallen down in your garden. You can use the trunk and branches for firewood. If you do not have a use for it, you can sell it or give it to someone. However, remember to deal with the stump too. This dead wood will also attract termites.

TIP! If there are pets in your household, don’t put out rat and mouse poison. Your dog or cat can come in contact with the poison because of this.

If you’ve got pets, avoid mouse or rat poison. If one of your pets find the mouse, whether dead or alive, they could get poisoned as well. These types of bait are also inappropriate if you have children. They may put the pellets in their mouth.

TIP! If you find a mouse hole in your walls or floors, cuts small pieces of steel wool and stuff into the hole. When the mice are trying to get through, they will eat them and die.

Do some research on the kind of insect or rodents that are invading your home. During your research, find out what deters them as well as the things that attract them. The easiest way to keep a clean home is to adapt to the kind of pest you’re dealing with.

Kill Flying Insects

TIP! A collection of recyclables can attract pests. Place your recycle bin outside in a secure container.

Use hairspray to kill flying insects. Although hairspray will kill flying insects, it is safe for others in your home. It sticks to the bugs, which makes it impossible for them to make their way to food and water. This works well on bees, especially when you don’t want to approach them.

TIP! Follow directions that come with pesticides. Though you may be tempted to use large quantities of a product, you may regret it in the end.

The introduction stressed that a pest problem is not only an annoyance but can also endanger your health. That means you should address the issue without delay. These tips will be able to help you and get rid of pests that are plaguing you.