Are you tired of the pests that are running around your home? You may even be using a pest control company every three to four months, but it is just not effective enough. Maybe you’d rather not deal with that expense. Read on for some great pest-control advice.
Never step on a cockroach to kill it. When you step on it, it can release its egg sac. The eggs can then be transferred from the bottom of your shoes throughout the carpets and rugs in your home. The eggs survive in your carpet until they are ready to hatch, leaving you with a much bigger roach problem.
Make sure that your house is sealed at all times so that the bugs from the outside cannot get in. You can place a rubber barrier under your doormat, which is a common entryway of bugs from the outside. This will help to seal your house so that bugs cannot come in and disrupt you.
Make a routine habit of checking the surfaces and areas surrounding your doors and windows. If they are not tight enough, then moisture and rain might seep in through, getting into the frames. This kind of moist wood is adored by termites and draws them in for a meal.
Brush should be placed away from the house. It should be at least 12 inches away from the home. A lot of insects might live there, no matter what. Keeping leaves and other dry brush away from the building will help you keep pests out of your home.
If you live on a farm and have a problem with mice, or even rats, consider getting a couple outdoor cats to provide natural pest control. Make sure the cats have not been declawed, and have access to every part of the outdoor buildings. Make sure to provide food and water to the cats because they will still catch mice even if they are not hungry.
If you have a lot of trees or bushes around your home, prune them. This is a good way to prevent insects and animals from moving closer to your home, as they will not be able to transport themselves. Try to prune your trees at least once every few months or when they are getting too large.
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.
There are many do it yourself options when it comes to pest control. First, asses how serious your pest problem is and figure out what kind of products you need to buy to deal with the problem. Most pest control products can be bought at a supermarket though more heavy duty products can be bought elsewhere.
If you are about to wipe out pest with a chemical product, take the time to protect yourself first. Wear some gloves and find some protective goggles for your eyes. Place a scarf on your nose and mouth to prevent exposure to the chemical. If you get some chemicals on your skin, rinse immediately.
Bee’s stings are painful, and can even be fatal for some people. Make sure bees do not build a nest on or near your home. If you notice bees near your home, check to make sure they are not building a nest. Wasp spray can be used from a distance to kill the bees before you remove the nest.
Use peanut butter in your mousetrap. Many people follow the old tradition of using a piece of cheese, but the truth is that is does not works nearly as good as peanut butter does. Cheese goes stale and does not have nearly as strong of an odor. Use peanut butter and see how much faster it is to get rid of the rodent.
If you are doing pest control yourself, make sure that you keep your pets away from any areas that you apply poison. Many products can be used around pets, but you still need to keep the pets away until these pesticides dry. Read the labels on any pesticides to ensure that you are applying them properly.
If you live in a condo, apartment building or shared home, anything you do to deal with pests won’t work individually. The entire building will have to be treated, so bring up the problem with your landlord or condo board to get rid of the problem once and for all.
When you’re dealing with a larger creature, such as a mouse, consider putting cooked back or even peanut butter on the trap. Let peanut butter dry out a bit to harden and attach the bacon so that it will pull on the trigger and trap the mouse in the trap.
You should never leave any water laying around outside if you want to keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes tend to lay eggs in water, which gives their larvae a place to thrive. Check near your garden hose, flowerpots and side of the house for pools of water.
There should be power impressing upon you. Take action in planning your attack against those bugs. You can do it, and it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Apply what you have learned, and get rid of those pests from your home today. You don’t have to suffer any longer.