DIY pest control tips for your home
Are pests making your home unlivable and your business premises unworkable? Pest control is the solution!
But can you actually do-it-yourself?
No one likes dealing with creepy-crawly spiders, stink bugs, hairy mice, cockroaches, and other pests in their homes. Perhaps you’re scared of bugs or you don’t have the proper knowledge to deal with the situation in hand. Often, hiring a pest control company seems like the ideal option when your home or office is under attack by the bug- and rodent-army. But taking the offence against rodents, birds and insects yourself, can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
From ants to mosquitos, roaches to racoons; these DIY tips show you how to get rid of pesky pests.
Trap and bait
Set up traps and baits where pests hide, play and intrude your home. Sticky traps trap anything that crawls – ants, crickets, silverfish, and more. Snap traps are effective in controlling rodents [rats and mice] in your home. If you have racoons or squirrels, use larger cage traps. Make sure you clean the bait often because dead rodents can attract insects that can cause a secondary infestation.
Spray your home
Pest repellants are easy to use and fast acting. These pretty powerful chemicals can be used to wipe out insects and pests from your home. However, before using any pest control chemicals make sure they are eco-friendly to keep your health and your home safe. It can be somewhat unhealthy for pets and humans if they’re exposed to these active chemicals all the time.
Fix leaky faucets
Pests need moisture and water to survive. In fact, many bugs live and breed in drainage areas. Leaky faucets can invite more pests in your home, especially in your bathrooms and kitchen.
Fixing a leaky faucet or repairing a damaged drainage system, can go a long way to stopping mice, spider and cockroach invasions.
Seal off the entry points
Insects and rodents have this strange ability to gain entry into your warm, cosy home. You would be really surprised to see how a tiny space or small a hole can be for rats and mice to get inside. Pay attention to gaps between your walls, cracks in your foundation, and spaces in window and door frames. Also, seal off pest entry points around TV and cable wires.
Keep your house clean
The cleaner your house, the less pest infestation it will have. Keep your dining area and kitchen clutter free. Dispose of garbage regularly and properly. Keep yards free of pet foods (as they are attractive to insects, rats and roaches). And always store food in airtight containers because pests can chew paper or cardboard packaging easily.
Repair. Replace. Install
Repair damaged screens. Replace torn windows. And install door sweeps to prevent pests from getting inside your home. When pests enter your house, more reproduction and more destruction may take place. Therefore, it’s crucial to block gaps in broken or warped windows and doors, and cover tears or strips in screens using meshes.
If your DIY pest control efforts are not effective in driving pests away from your home, contact a professional pest control company to eliminate, treat, and prevent future infestation. In the north Brisbane region, we recommend Complete Pest Control. They service in all the major suburbs in North Brisbane, such as North Lakes, Redcliffe, Narangba and many others.