Anyone with a home knows how upsetting it can be to have pests. Pests can get into your food and bring disease and general discomfort with them. Do whatever it takes to control pests and put these tips to good use.
Plug up holes that pests, like mice, can get into with steel wool. Although rodents can chew through many different kinds of materials, this steel wool is too tough for them. If there is an opening larger than one-half inch, you should fill it. Rodents can slip through very small openings.
Find out what the ordinances and codes in your building are to find out what is allowed for pest control. If you unknowingly use a pesticide that contains banned chemicals, there could be consequences later if you try to sell your house. Be sure to look into any type of chemical you are planning on using to make certain it’s allowed in your community, city and state.
New screens are a great way to keep out pests. These also help eliminate pesky crawling bugs. Fix any holes you find and replace the screens if they are damaged.
Seal off any cracks or crevices pests can use as an entryway into your home. Most times, these places are entry points for pests that wish to live in your home. Sealing them prevents this.
If rats and mice have previously posed problems, avoid planting trees near the house. Rodents can easily climb trees and get into the house through attics and roofs. Trees should sit no less than 15 feet from the house.
Make sure you rinse your recyclables before putting them in the recycle bin. One thing you must rinse are those cans that have high levels of sugar. Be sure to clean out those soda cans before you put them in the garage or in your outside receptacle.
To control pests, take a look at your plumbing. Be certain your drains are clog-free, inside and outside the house. If there are clogs, then mold can grow, which will attract flies and cockroaches. Check your drains every month.
Even if the areas of your home that you usually live in show no signs of problems, check the whole home occasionally. If any part of your house is underground, subterranean termites may eat some of your home that you aren’t in that often. Check crawl spaces and basements.
Plug in pest repellents are effective tools for eliminating bugs. They can be plugged in each room and let off a noise that repels rodents. They aren’t dangerous for pets or humans in the home. Rodents will leave the area because the noise is unpleasant, not because it is harmful.
You may be concerned about rodents entering your house. You need to look at your home’s exterior for small openings that animals can squeeze through. If you notice cracks, then fill them with scouring pads or put poison in them. In some cases, an odor repellent such as mustard oil will work.
Now that you know some ways of getting rid of pests, make sure you use them. You do not want them to take control of your home, so take care of them immediately. Apply your knowledge, and you can succeed at ridding yourself of pests.