Do you see evidence of living things within your pantry? Do you hear the pitter-patter of rodent feet? You might have pests in your home, in this case. You are about to be given tips to prevent pests from getting into your house.
Plug holes that mice or other pests can enter with steel wool. Rodents such as mice and rats are known to be able to chew through almost anything, but steel wool will stop them dead in their tracks. Seal any opening that is over a half inch in diameter. Mice can easily squeeze in the tiniest cracks.
If you want a real test for detecting a termite problem, use a dog trained to sniff out the bugs. Humans can only check about a 30% of your home’s surface area for termite infestations. Trained termite sniffing dogs can check your home out completely. These dogs sniff out methane gas, which directly comes from termites eating your wood.
Be careful if you think you finally got rid of all your bedbugs. Bedbugs don’t have to eat for a whole year. Use putty to close any opening in the walls or floors of your home. They will not be able to hide in these spots.
Look around your house for standing water. Pests are drawn to standing water. Fix leaky pipes and check the water trays under any houseplants. Just like humans, insects and other pests require water to live. If you eliminate the water source, you eliminate the pests.
It is important to keep brush and firewood at minimum a foot from your house. Brush is a natural home to many insects and there is no way to prevent this. By putting brushes too close to windows or other openings where bugs can enter, you have a good chance of bugs coming in.
The advice in this article will allow you to stop worrying about pests. Use the tips learned here to begin reclaiming your home. It might take time, but soon you won’t hear scurrying in the ceiling, and you can sleep better knowing nothing is there.