Pests, such as mice, insects and other animals, can be very difficult to get rid of once they have invaded your home. 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.
Make a simple fruit fly trap using a 2-liter bottle and some cider vinegar or wine. Cut the bottle in half, and invert the top inside the bottom half, like a funnel. Add an inch or so of your chosen liquid, leaving a bit of space between it and the opening of the bottle. The flies can enter, but they cannot fly out and will drown.
You cannot afford to waste any time once you find out your home is infested. Put your valuable belongings in safe places and call an exterminator as soon as possible. If the exterminator you called cannot come to your home within the next couple of days, keep looking for another available professional.
If you live in an apartment complex or multi-unit condo complex, unite with your neighbors. Anything you try to do to control pests in your own unit will be unsuccessful if all the other units in your building are infested. Get together with the residents of your building and schedule pest control for the entire building to deal with the problem.
Make sure that every single night, you do the dishes in a dishwater or at least wash the food off of the dishes in the sink. The last thing that you will want to do is leave food in the sink, which can be a breeding ground for insects to come in your home.
Check every foot of your home for pests, as no area is immune. Include checking underneath the house when looking for pests. Have someone inspect any basements or crawl spaces in your home.
Pesky mosquitoes are known to multiply in stagnant water. If you have a birdbath in your yard, change the water every three days. Many people also suggest adding lavender to a birdbath to help combat your mosquito population. So, try adding it to your birdbath each time you refill it.
If nothing you are doing is working, call a professional. There are trained professionals that you can use to help get rid of the bugs that are in your house already or prevent new ones from entering your home in the future. This could be the best investment that you ever make for your home.
If you're using mulch, don't mulch all the way to the side of your home. Leave a gap about half a foot in length between the mulch and your outdoor wall. This will give you (or any exterminator) a better ability to see if any pests (like termites) are crawling from the mulch onto your outdoor wall.
Mosquito infestations in your yard can be highly problematic, especially in the late summer. To prevent mosquitoes from infesting your yard and using it for breeding, make sure you don't have any stagnant pools of water in your yard. Change the water in bird baths every week and avoid water build-up in sand boxes and other containers.
You should under no circumstances tolerate pest into your home. If you do not take action right away, the situation will get worse. An pest-infested home will lose its value, the pest will damage the home and some pest can actually transmit diseases to pets and in some cases to humans.
You can keep out more insects from a home if you plant the flowers and bushes you have a couple of feet from your house. If you can, place tiles on the ground that surrounds your house, as this will keep rodents and bugs at bay. It's simpler to keep windows open if you're not worrying about flying bugs entering.
Do you own an RV or a camper? If your store it over the winter, it can be an attractive home for mice. Natural repellents exist that can keep them at bay, however. Some of these repellents have a nice smell. They are not poisonous at all. They do keep mice from entering your camper, though.
Make sure that you do not incorporate rat poison in your pest control regimen if you have a dog or cat. If your cat or dog catches a sick rodent or plays with a dead one, it can ingest the poison. These types of bait are also inappropriate if you have children. Some poison pellets look like candy.
Make sure your landscaping is kept far away from your home. When roots crack your foundation, it allows pets to get inside. Bushes also give a good hiding spot to mice or insects, allowing them to get comfortable close to your home. They may then find a route to the inside.
With all of these ideas, hints and strategies in your mind, you should know what to do next. Take that next step and start ridding your life of pests. Whether they're small or large, these tips will get the job done. Today is the day you need to get started, so do it!