Having pests invade your home can be a real headache. You may end up spending a lot of money and time trying to rid yourself of them. Apply the advice in this piece and stem the tide of pest problems.
Stuff steel wool into holes that pests could enter through. Rodents such as mice and rats are known to be able to chew through almost anything, but steel wool will stop them dead in their tracks. Any opening bigger than half an inch should be plugged. The pests can enter your home through very small openings.
Use outdoor sprays around your home to prevent insect entry. Windows, doors, foundations and steps should all be treated with the product. When you spray, make sure you thoroughly check for any cracks in your home, because pests can enter through them. Use caulk or another filler to seal the gaps.
Be careful if you think you finally got rid of all your bedbugs. Bedbugs can hibernate an entire year. So that is why it is crucial to seal any holes you have in your walls or floors. They will not be able to hide in these spots.
There may be standing water hiding in your home, and you need to root it out. This can attract many pests, including mosquitoes. Inspect your home carefully for leaky pipes and remember to empty all of the trays that are underneath your indoor plants. All pests require water to be able to survive in your home.
If rats and mice have previously posed problems, avoid planting trees near the house. This makes it easy for rodents to climb and then enter your house through the roof or attic. Plant them far from your home, about 15 feet away.
Be sure your recycled goods are properly rinsed. Specifically watch out for soda cans, as the sugars in sodas attract many different pests. Be certain to rinse the cans fully so that it goes into the garage clean.
Even if you don’t think you have a problem, routinely check for one. Include checking underneath the house when looking for pests. You should always have any crawl spaces and your basement checked.
If you’ve got a camper or travel trailer that’s stored in the wintertime, mice may get inside to live in it. Thankfully, you can use natural repellents to discourage mice from entering and living in your camper. When you get small bags filled with the repellents, they are pleasant smelling and will not poison. They are going to just stop mice from getting into your camper or RV.
You should not use poison if you own a pet. If your pet catches a rodent that has eaten the poison, it can be potentially deadly. Poison and other dangerous chemicals are a problem if you have young children. Young children have a tendency to put everything they find in their mouths.
Not surprisingly, pests are easier to attract than to get rid of. You should have learned what you can do to keep them away. If the problem is too big for you, though, don’t be afraid to call in a professional exterminator. Good luck.