Whether you’re dealing with bugs or rodents, it can be a pain to have to deal with pests. And it is not always cheap to get outside help to eradicate them. For this reason, a little inside knowledge of how to deal with this issue is very useful. The tips in this article should help you to learn more about ridding yourself of pests.
Do fruit flies start coming back after you get rid of them? They may be living in your sink drains. Put some plastic over the drain to see. If so, pour boiling water into the drains, and give them a good cleaning. Doing this should get rid of the fruit flies completely.
Keep sweet smelling food products in sealed containers or in the fridge. Sweet foods can easily attract a vast variety of pests, from rodents to ants. If you do not have enough containers to seal your sugar, cereal and breads you should invest in them. It will cost you a lot less than paying an exterminator.
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 children, explain to them the rules around the house for eating. Make sure that you designate only one area of the home for eating to help reduce any infestations that you may have. If all members of the house are responsible for what they do, you will have less of a pest problem.
Prevent mosquitoes from invading your home by removing the environment that they like. Drain kiddie pools and buckets that are sitting on your property. Studies have shown that mosquitoes breed in very small areas of water, such as water left in discarded food cans.
Seal any leaks. Whether you’re dealing with ants or other pests, one way to stop them is by sealing off an entry point. For smaller pests, a tiny amount of silicone caulk can accomplish this. If you’re dealing with rats or mice, you need to stuff some steel wool into that hole, then cover it up using wire mesh.
If you see ants in your home, follow them. This should help you discover where they are getting in at. Most of the time they will find a crack or crevice near a window or the molding. Once you know where the problem is originating from, put down a little laundry detergent (assuming you don’t have children or pets that can get to it) to create a temporary fix.
As mentioned earlier, pest infestations can cause serious problems. The cost of an exterminator is quite pricey, so you should try and do the job yourself. Apply the tips you just read to get rid of the bugs or rodents that have invaded your home.