Are you familiar with pest control? There is a lot to know about pest control, and the following tips will help you get started. You’ll see there are many things that you can do to help alleviate pests.
Do you have a recurring issue with fruit flies? You may have a problem with your drain. To test this you just need to cover your drains with something that is transparent and watch for fruit flies. If they do, pour some boiling water down your drain and give it a good scrub. This should rid your drains of fruit flies.
Attack a pest problem at its source. Try to keep the pest from eating, and you can starve it out. One reason you may have a problem is because your house provides food, water or shelter for a pest. Search for and eliminate leaks, exposed food and structural damage that allows pests to enter your home.
You have to know the ordinances and building codes in order to know what pest control treatments are allowed. Using banned chemicals can affect a home sale later on. Although this doesn’t happen often, this should motivate you to do some research on which methods of pest control have been approved in your area.
If you think you may have termites, but are not certain, call in the dogs. They beat humans at sniffing termites out. If an inspector checks your house on his own, he is only able to confirm that you are about one-third free of termites. A well-trained, termite sniffing dog can find all of them. Dogs cannot be beat. These dogs sniff out methane gas, which directly comes from termites eating your wood.
All food should be carefully stored away in sealed containers when not in use. Many pests love the smell of food, so keep it contained to keep them away. Additionally, be sure to empty the trash as soon as the trashcan reaches capacity. Pests really enjoy the smell of trash!
If you have rats and mice and wish to plant new trees, don’t plant them very close to the building. Rodents are proficient climbers, and they can use trees to gain access to your home. Therefore, you should plant trees a minimum of 15 feet away.
Having outdoor lighting is great to have when you are entertaining or to keep strange people away from your house at night, but it’s also a great way to attract pests. If you must have outdoor lighting, try using bulbs that are pink, yellow or orange in tint, as these tend to attract pests much less.
Check your home’s plumbing for issues if you have a pest problem. It’s important that none of your drains are clogged up. 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. Once you clear the drains, give them a monthly check.
Implement the tips you’ve just learned, and begin your fight against those pesky pests today! Nobody likes pests, and getting rid of yours is surely a priority. Now, you are better equipped to get rid of them. Use what you’ve learned here to make your home an impenetrable fortress that pests can’t enter.