Regardless of the season, bugs can find their way into your home or workspace, often making life very difficult for you. If you have a problem with pests, it is important to understand that you can make a difference in alleviating the issue. Read on for more information and tips related to pest control.
Don’t wait for a pest control problem to become an infestation; call a professional or take action on your own immediately. You might think that just because you’ve only seen one or two or that you don’t see them often there isn’t a big problem. Do something fast or you can expect big problems later.
If you are seeing a large number of bugs indoors, slowly circle the perimeter of your house. Try to find any small openings where bugs could get in. Look closely near your chimney and the siding. If you locate a hole, buy silicone caulk and get the area fixed to the best of your ability.
Try to limit the amount of warm environments that you have in your house. Go around to different rooms in your home and try to gauge the temperature where the pests would want to live in the most. If you find a room that is too hot, try to reduce the overall temperature there.
Use a spray specially designed for the perimeter of your home. Apply it to the steps, foundation and around windows and doors. While you are spraying, keep your eye out for cracks and crevices where pests can enter. Make sure you use caulk around these places.
Take away any pet food in the overnight hours. You will also want to take away their water bowl. Bugs like to eat the food and then wash it down with the water bowl. If you are spraying for bugs with pesticide you want to take away the dog bowl before hand.
Keep water from pooling and standing stagnant around your home. Pests are very attracted to standing water. Be sure to look for any pipes that are leaking. Also, be sure clean out the trays underneath plants. Most pests require standing water to survive; therefore, it is important to remove any standing water.
You can kill hornets and wasps by something most people have in their bathrooms- hairspray. Use aerosol hairspray to spray their nests effectively sealing the larvae in the nest. If you are being bothered by adult wasps,simply point and spray directly at the hornet to stop him in his tracks.
You may need to inspect your plumbing if you have a chronic pest problem. Unclog sinks or drains that are backed up. The organic matter that can build up in these is a delicious meal to both flies and cockroaches. Whenever you clean out your drains, you should make sure that you check them on a monthly basis.
Every once in a while, check the whole house, even if you do not see any problems right now. Subterranean termites can cause a lot of damage before you see any signs of their existence. Check out your basement and any other underground area.
Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood; therefore, if you notice an increase in carpenter ants, check your pipes and roof for leaks. Once you have found where your problem is located, fix the leak and replace the wood to help quickly rid your home of carpenter ants. You may also want to call in a pest-control expert to treat your home.
You can take matters into your own hands when it comes to pest control. Although certain situations may necessitate a call to your local pest control company, you can handle many common issues simply by following the tips included in the article above. Keep this piece as a handy reference, and pull it out whenever you need to refer to it.