Pest Control: Use This Helpful Advice

Homeowners can all agree that a pest infestation is a real killjoy. 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.

Have you found that fruit flies return even after you have eradicated them? You may be breeding them right in your home. To test this you just need to cover your drains with something that is transparent and watch for fruit flies. If you see some, the next step is to pour boiling water down it and scrub the drain thoroughly. That should keep fruit flies from breeding there.

It is very important that you put up any food that is not being eaten. Many pests love the smell of food, so keep it contained to keep them away. You need to take out the garbage if it is full. Pests are attracted to garbage as well.

Make sure that your screens are fully functional at all times. Not only do screens on windows and doors keep out flying pests, they also do a good job of keeping out crawling bugs as well. If there are holes in the screens, be sure to repair them to keep bugs from getting inside.

Keep water from pooling and standing stagnant around your home. Many pests, including mosquitoes, are attracted to stagnant water. Check your home thoroughly for leaking pipes, and don’t forget to empty and clean the trays under your house plants. Since pests need water in order to live, getting rid of excess water will make your home less desirable for them.

Make sure to fix all leaks in your pipes. Pests like water and it’s how they survive. Some pests can actually sense that water is dripping from far away. Don’t be the cause of your own infestation. Some simple work on your part can prevent pests in your home.

If you have a problem with mice, use mints to address the issue. Plant some mint near your home’s foundation. Mice will not want to live near this fragrant plant. If mice are already a problem, you may want to place mint leaves in the areas that are affected. Mint leaves effectively repel mice if they are fresh.

Check the plumbing in your house, if you have pests. It’s important that none of your drains are clogged up. Anything that might be found in your plumbing can be food to a wide range of pests and can even give them a great place to reproduce. Check drains once a month to ensure they are free of clogs.

You may seldom see pests in lived-in parts of your home, but remember to inspect lesser used areas from time to time. If your home’s structure goes underground at all, then subterranean termites might be eating part of your home that you rarely venture to. Have someone inspect any basements or crawl spaces in your home.

Now that you know some ways of getting rid of pests, make sure you use them. Get rid of this annoying problem as soon as possible. Use the above tips to quickly eliminate them.