Pest control is an unavoidable part of any home. There is millions of assaulter who would just love to share our homes with us. Sorry to say these unwelcome guests can often spell trouble for us. Some household pests can spread diseases and cause other health problems. Some bite and hurt people or destroy property. Some are just plain annoying. Whatever the reason for wanting to get rid of them, removing household pests can many times be easier. For some people the services of a pest control company are essential.
Here are some helpful tips you can use before calling a pest control company.
- Cleaning home is a great way of pest control. Dispose garbage regularly and keep your surroundings clean, clean your floor on a regular basis. Clean your kitchen and bathroom every day. Keep your drains clean, grimy drains invite pests in home. If you hav
e pets then keep your pets’ feeding area clean and clear of leftover food.
- Keep shrubs and trees trimmed. Heavy vegetation around home reduces sunlight to reach ground and create area of intense moisture which is ideal for pest growth.
- Keep ants away from your home with a mixture of borax and sugar. Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup borax in a plastic bottle. Punch holes in the bottom of the bottle, and sprinkle the mixture outdoors around the foundation of your home and around the baseboards inside your house. The ants are attracted by the sugar and poisoned by the borax.
- If there are cockroaches, sprinkle borax powder in the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Avoid sprinkling where children and pets could be affected.
- If there’s a hornet, wasp, bee or other flying insect in your house and you have no insect spray, kill it with hair spray.
- If your home becomes infected with parasites, run vacuum cleaner thoroughly before spraying, and throw the dust bag out at once.
- Change the water in air cooler every three days to help reduce the mosquito population.
- The presence of moist wood ants indicates another problem. Because they’re fond of damp wood, you should check your pipes, roof and windowsills for water leaks.
- Centipedes prey on other bugs, so the presence of centipedes in your house may indicate the presence of other insects as well.
- You can distinguish termite damage from other insect damage by examining any holes you find in wood. Termites usually eat only the soft part of wood, leaving the annual rings intact. Inspect for cracks and holes in your walls, door and windows. If there are any, seal them with cement and metal. Also seal all the openings and cracks around plumbing pipes. This is a simple yet effective way of pest control in home.
- If you live in a multi unit building, any pest control measures you take individually will be ineffective in the long run simply because insects can travel form one apartment to another. To eliminate bugs completely, the entire building should be treated at one time.
To keep rodents out of your house, seal every opening they could squeeze through. Some need less than 1/4 inch of space. Put poison in deep cracks or holes, and stuff them with steel wool or scouring pads pushed in with a screwdriver. Close the spaces with spackling compound mixed with steel wool fragments
Keep doors and windows shut in the evening. Peanut butter makes good bait for a mouse trap. Make sure a mouse will have to pull the trap to remove the bait. If you’re using peanut butter, wipe some on the triggering device and let it harden before setting the trap.
If a raccoon sets up housekeeping in your attic or chimney, chemical repellants such as oil of mustard are temporarily effective. (The smell may bother you as much as it does the raccoon.) Your best bet is to let the animal leave, and then cover its entrance hole with wire mesh so that it cannot return .