Pest infestations create serious health risks. Get rid of them with these tips.



Have you seen any pests around your home lately? Keep calm and take a breath. If you catch the pests before they grow too large in number, you have a better chance of controlling the problem. It is quite likely you can handle the problem without hiring a professional to assist you. Glance at the following pest control advice to see if it can help.

If you think you have cleared up a bedbug infestation, think again. Bedbugs can go upwards of a year without any food. Close all the holes and cracks in your walls and floors. These small holes are ideal entry points and hiding places for pests.

Whereas alcohol might be fun for entertainment, it's also good for pest control! Can you believe it? Try pouring beer around your plants to help destroy snails and slugs. Trap insects by putting beer in a container and spreading petroleum jelly around the rim.

Make your front yard a priority in rodent extermination. Don't let these critters have a happy living space. Weeds, bushes, and debris can all serve as potential homes. Keep your yard free of debris, and make sure your trash bins have lids that fit securely. Doing all of these things will encourage the rodents to cause trouble elsewhere.

Occasionally, you will see that ants will set up shop in your kitchen. Ants hate cloves, and therefore sprinkling cloves near food storage areas can keep ants at bay. You can also sprinkle ground cloves around your foundation to keep ants out.

Outdoor lighting can attract pests, so try to keep this to a minimum. 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.

Ask your neighbors to help with the pest problem. Urban dwellers are sure to share pest issues with those around them. When your neighbors live particularly close, you can end up fighting a never ending battle with your pests. If you band together as neighbors, you can more effectively combat your pest problems.

Gather all the throw rugs you have and sweep them well in order to keep pests down. This will pick up all the ants and bugs that are in your den, kitchen and living room. When you are done, properly dispose of the bag.

Do you have a lot of ants around? There are many home remedies, but one effective one is mixing sugar with borax. The ants will be attracted to the sweet scent from the sugar, and they will be killed by the borax. A quart jar containing a cup of sugar and a cup of borax will work. Punch some holes in the top to make a sprinkler and distribute the mixture around the foundation outside and the baseboards inside.

Be certain not to let water stand around your yard if you have mosquito problems. That's because mosquitoes lay eggs in water; therefore, the larvae grow in water. Look around your garden hose, near flower pots and near the side of your house where water is likely to collect.

Find out as much as you can about the pest that is plaguing you. Create a list of what these animals find toxic and figure out how to attract them to it. Adjusting your methods based on the pest is critical.

If you are trying to eliminate rodents, then use caulk for sealing any openings. Rodents can squeeze through some pretty tight spots. By blocking the gate, rats and mice have no way of entering your home.

Locate any cracks or crevices and seal them as soon as possible. Pests can get into your home through these cracks. Sealing them up will give them no way to get in.

If birds are doing their business all around your home try and remove their roosting places. If a nest is on a limb, prune it. If the bird enjoys landing on a ledge, then put in spikes so that their ability to comfortably land is eliminated.

A major living spot for pests is your drains. Be sure you clean and check them every month, either by using a snake or liquid drain cleaner. Residuals can accumulate inside a drain and build up mold, providing the pests the perfect place reside.

You can get rid of the bugs and pests that are plaguing you. Ask the pros at your nearby home improvement center to recommend some good pest control measures. They can tell you which pesticides work best given your situation.

Carpenter ants are attracted to damp environments. They are attracted to wet wood, which means your house has a leak somewhere which can lead to wood rot. Let a pro see what the issue is and how you can solve it.

Pest infestations create serious health risks and must be dealt with immediately. You are the powerful one in this situation; use that power. With these tips as your weapon, you can get rid of those creepy creatures once and for all.