It’s always good to get expert help, but there may be a few things you can try on your own. The following tips will give you some strategies to try before you call the exterminator. Keep reading to learn more.
Plug up holes that pests, like mice, can get into with steel wool. Even though mice and rats can chew through a number of materials, these fine strands of metal are too tough for their teeth. If you have any half-inch openings or larger in your home, you should stuff them with this steel wool. Animals can get through very small openings.
Get to the root of the problem. Try to get rid of their sustenance source. You are likely providing food, shelter and water to the pests right now. Try to plug up any entrance points, get rid of excess moisture and eliminate food sources.
Consider using a perimeter spray outside your home to keep bugs at bay. Spray all around steps, porches, foundation and even windows and doors. Keep your eyes open for cracks around the exterior of the home. Use caulk to seal these areas.
A trained dog is a great termite-finding tool. Humans can verify that only a portion of your house is termite free. 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.
Don’t be gullible when it comes to thinking you’re past a bedbug infestation. Bedbugs can hibernate for up to a year before coming back in full force. Therefore, you should ensure that any openings in the floors and walls are kept closed. This will prevent them from hiding anywhere.
Having reviewed these tips, you should have a few good ideas about handling your pest problem. Use what you have learned to make a plan and tackle the problem. You can breathe easy once you have dealt with your pest problem once and for all.