. In many cases, it is easier to practice prevention rather then extermination. For some easy pest control techniques that will stop these pests from ever reaching your home, keep reading. If you are having an issue with stink bugs, remember not to stomp or smash on them. Doing so will release a foul odor into your home. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner to suction them up. It is important, however, that you change the bag after doing so or it will begin to smell as well.
Pest Control Tips:
- You can prevent most pest infestations by keeping your home clean. Do not leave any food scrapes on your table or in the kitchen sink and make sure you tightly seal garbage bags. Get rid of your garbage on a regular basis and do not hesitate to store garbage bags in your garage until you can get rid of them.
- Keep your kitchen as clean as possible. Bugs won’t show up as often if they don’t have anything to eat. In particular, use containers that have lids for loose food items in your pantry. Take the trash out often and keep your counters clean. Finally, sweep each evening before bed.
- Fleas can be hard to eliminate, but there are various ways to eliminate them and their eggs. Start by vacuuming them every day and then using a flea spray. Get the vacuum bag out of your home when you’re finish.
- Never leave food out longer than you need to. If you make a habit of leaving food out you will almost definitely run into a pest problem from time to time. You, instead, make a habit of cleaning up after your food mess right away each time you will do a lot to keep pests away.
- 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 tunnel 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.
- Termites can be a major problem for any homeowner; they can eat away at your house. One way to prevent them from getting in is by using sealant in your basement. This is a prime spot for them to enter. The best part is that sealant is not expensive and is easy to put on yourself.
How to do:
- If rodents such as raccoons or skunks are tearing your garbage bags, set a trap where you usually leave your garbage. Attract the animal with a piece of meat and make sure the trap you use is large enough for the animals you have observed. If possible, release the animal in the woods instead of killing it.
- Leave bed bugs to the professionals. Although there are many do-it-yourself methods for other pests in your home, bed bugs are best eradicat by professionals. This is because they are very hearty bugs that can survive many conditions and are best deal with by fumigation. Fumigation guarantees that both the bugs and their eggs are kill.
- If you’ve got pets, avoid mouse or rat poison. If pets touch dead or sick rodents, they will be expose to poison as well. Also avoid these products if you have small children. They may put the pellets in their mouth.
- Avoid keeping garbage in the house for long. It is common for people to want to let the trash can fill before emptying. However, when you have thrown away food and food packaging, you create an environment that draws pests. Use a lidded can and take your trash out at least once a day.
Search your attic for any holes in the foundation or in the insulation. You may not hear them, but mice can be living in your attic without your knowing. Simply take a look around a few times a year for any tell tale signs can help you stave off larger infestations. After reading this article, you should have a better idea of how you can prevent common pests from invading your home. You do not have to use expensive professionals or dangerous chemicals. Just use the simple tips that have been list in this article, and pest control will be easy.