Usually people call an exterminator when pests come calling, but you should attempt some self-help strategies before making this expensive choice. The piece below is full of ideas for handling pests yourself. Continue to read to learn more.
Keep your rugs well vacuumed to eradicate pests in the home. By doing this, you will pick up existing bugs, ants and fleas around the house. You should toss the bag afterwards.
Always store your food carefully. Pests are always looking for food, and if they can smell it, they will be drawn to it. Also, when your trash is full, be sure to take it out right away. Pests are also attracted to the scent of garbage.
If you have a water leak, fix it promptly. Water attracts pests. In fact, most pests can even sense water from far away. Do not let this be the cause of the pest infestation. Do some work to prevent having to live with rodents or bugs inside your house.
Avoid planting trees too close to the house if your home is prone to rat or mouse infestation. Rodents can climb up them and go into your house by way of the attic. Therefore, you should plant trees a minimum of 15 feet away.
Mint is a great deterrent for keeping mice away. Put in mint plants around your home foundation. This will cause mice to move elsewhere. If mice are already a problem, you may want to place mint leaves in the areas that are affected. Most of the time, this will act as good repellent, but the mint leaves must be fresh.
Having some outdoor lights is great for entertainment purposes, or to keep away strangers, but it’s also seen as a fantastic way to keep pests around. Outdoor lighting consisting of orange, yellow and/or pink bulbs will not attract so many pests.
Inspect your home’s plumbing in order to get control of household pests. Ensure that there are no clogs in your sinks and drains inside and outside your home. 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. Whenever you clean out your drains, you should make sure that you check them on a monthly basis.
Get rid of fallen trees in your yard quickly. Chop it up to make firewood. It can be used by you or given away. However you have to get rid of the stump as well. This dead wood will also attract termites.
Pests really like to live 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. You can develop quite a build up of debris in your drain which makes a lovely home for pests.
With this knowledge, you can determine whether you can handle this yourself. So long as you implement the advice you’ve just learned, you are sure to successfully deal with your pest problem. It will feel good knowing that you eliminated the pests yourself.