Seeing the initial signs of indoor pests can be worrisome. It only takes a few seconds for certain pests to enter your house. No matter how clean your home is, pests can still enter. Read the article below for some advice on simple methods of eliminating common pests from your home.
Do you see fruit flies returning after ridding your home of them? You may find that they are residing within your drains. For some days, tape plastic wrap over your drain and find out whether fruit flies start appearing. 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.
Don’t allow pools of standing water to form near your home. Standing water is one of the biggest attractants for pests. Make sure to check your entire home for leaky pipes and make sure to clean the water trays under the house plants. They have to have water; if they don’t have any, they can’t live.
Make sure that you are placing brushes a good distance from your home as these can attract insects. This can be a meeting ground for insects that you do not want in your home. Placing bushes too close to the house is an open invitation for pests to invade.
You should check all parts of your home, even those that don’t appear to have any pest problems at all. Termites may rear their ugly heads in the underground areas of your home. Pay particular attention to your crawl space or basement.
Allow mosquitoes no place to hang out around your home. Drain places that are harboring stagnant water. This is the chosen breeding round for mosquitoes, so this one thing can go a long way towards ridding your property of mosquitoes.
Pests tend to thrive in drains. Therefore, you should ensure that you regularly clean them on a monthly basis. Pour liquid cleaner down your drain in order to flush out pests, or you could actually put a snake into your drain. Debris and other things may encourage the growth of mold, providing a nice space for bugs to live.
Be sure to store dry goods in sealed plastic storage canisters. Most dry goods are in boxes and/or bags, which means that they can be accessed by pests easily. Whenever you shop, you should put dry goods into sealed bins. Making use of plastic storage bins can keep out the pests and extend the shelf life of food.
You need to think of how pests are getting into a house. Even a small crack can allow insects to enter your home. Outdoor pets can also bring pests inside with them. When you know how pests are getting inside your home, you can fix and prevent the issue from happening again.
If your home is being invaded, purchase plenty of caulk and use it to seal every possible crack that could be used as entry into your home. Foggers and bug spray cannot get into the deep recesses of walls and many of the other favorite habitats of pests. Caulk should be used to seal any area where bugs can get in or out.
Use hairspray on flying insects. Perfume works as well, but it can be problematic if it gets in your eyes. Avoid using these near flames. If you don’t have any bug spray, use these instead.
Ask your neighbors for advice. If mice are posing a problem for you, the neighbors are likely suffering too. They may be able to offer advice you have not thought of. You can also give your neighbor a heads-up about a problem that he may have.
If you find damage in your home that you think may be attributed to termites, inspect various annual rings in your home’s wooden structures. Termites just eat the wood’s soft spots, so if the rings are also affected, termites are not present. If they are intact, then you’ve got termites!
This article has discussed some great methods you can use to get rid of common pests. Now that you’ve read this piece, you should be aware that you aren’t alone. Pests will probably come out wherever you live. Take the tips here and use them to “just say no” to unwanted invaders in your home.