Finding rodents or insects that do not belong in the home can be quite traumatic to many homeowners. It is what you do next that will make a difference in how long these pests remain a problem. Keep reading to get some advice about how to get rid of them for good.
Do you have a constant problem battling fruit flies? The weak link might be your drains. Put a bit of plastic wrap across the drain for a while to determine whether or not fruit flies appear. If they do, pour some boiling water down your drain and give it a good scrub. That should help you avoid breeding fruit flies.
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.
If brown recluse spiders have invaded your home, catch them with some sticky traps. These dangerous spiders frequent dark corners that can be difficult to get to with chemical pesticides. Spiders come out during the night to eat. Optimal places for traps include behind furniture and near walls.
If you are apprehensive about using chemical pest control in your home, try traps instead. Physical traps work to attract the pest and then trap it. Some work like traditional mouse traps that snap closed and kill the pest, while others involve a sticky sheet that adheres the pest to the sheet so you can remove it from your home.
You can keep ants away from the inside of your home using a mixture of sugar and borax. Start by mixing one cup of sugar and one cup of borax into a quart jar. Then, punch some holes in that jar’s lid. Sprinkle it near the baseboards inside your house and around the outside. The ants will eat the sugar and the borax will poison them.
Clear away brush from the perimeter of your home. A lot of insects might live there, no matter what. By placing the brush within close proximity of the home, you run the risk of these insects invading through windows or doors.
Your water system needs to be free of leaks. Pests always look for sources of water. They can end up finding water in the most obscure places. Do not let this be the cause of the pest infestation. Try to save yourself some trouble ahead of time.
If you have problems with moles in your yard, set up a trap. You will know a mole is present by the raised portion of your yard that’s been tunneled under. Use a shovel to collapse a section of the tunnel (approx. 4″). Set up a mole trap over the collapsed portion and wait for the mole to tunnel through and try to fix the collapse.
Put your pet’s food and water away at night. Pet food is a great meal for most insects and rodents. Having water next to it will only give them something to wet their mouth with. Putting the food and water away will not get rid of the pests, but it will at least reduce where they can get food from.
The advice that you have just read will help you reclaim your home from those pesky pests. You no longer have to look the other way while the mice steal your food and the ants dirty your counters. Use them wisely as you get rid of the pests in your home forever.