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DIY Pest Solutions

Common household pests such as rodents, cockroaches, stinkbugs, and spiders are all too good at getting inside of homes. Before you spray chemicals or hire a professional to come in, try out the five easy DIY pest control tricks below to save yourself some money and keep your home pest free.

Clean Up Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the number one place that you are likely to find pests in your home. They are attracted to both the food stored there and the crumbs and tidbits left over from cooking and eating. To keep pests at bay, clean your kitchen daily. All it takes is five minutes to wash your dishes (or put them in the dishwasher), wipe down your counters, and sweep the floors. Empty your garbage as needed and transfer food from grocery bags to sealed containers as quickly as possible.

Vacuum Frequently

Taking the time to vacuum your home on a regular basis is another surefire way to keep pests at bay. Vacuuming sucks up any food residue not caught by sweeping. It also sucks up any crawling insects that have already made it indoors. Take special care to hit the corners and go underneath appliances and furniture. Aim for a weekly vacuuming session.

Set Out Traps

Sometimes pests are able to find their way into even the cleanest and tidiest of homes. A good first line of defense is some sticky traps. Glue traps are your best bet. You can easily find poison-free versions of them at nearly any home improvement store.

Seal Entry Points

Pests are able to infiltrate your home through tiny holes and cracks. A key component of DIY pest control is sealing up these entry points. Spend some time hunting down and identifying these holes. Once you spot them, seal them up with a tube of low-VOC silicone caulk (available at home improvement stores). Take particular care to seal up cracks around window and doors as well as anywhere that pipes enter or leave your home. An added benefit of sealing up these cracks and holes is improved insulation.

Repair Leaky Faucets

Pests such as rodents, roaches, and spiders need water to survive. And this is the reason you often find them infiltrating the areas around leaky faucets. Fixing leaky faucets is actually an easy DIY project. Though it might take you fifteen or twenty minutes to figure out, the pest control dividends will be high.

Remember that prevention is key since keeping pests out is a whole lot easier than getting rid of them when they’ve already made your home their own. Use the five DIY pest control tips above and you should be able to get through another year without a pest problem.

However, when that is still not enough, locate your local DIY pest control for professional advice and service to do a successful job with your DIY project.

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Almost every home has some unseen and unwanted tenants. Whether its rodents, or ants, or even pests that can destroy the home, like termites - these creatures live inside the home along with the human family that rightfully resides there.

Here are some tips for keep an eye out for signs that an exterminator might be necessary. Hopefully, any problems can be fixed before they become expensive or destructive.

Termites - These pests are truly dangerous to any structure. It doesn’t take much time for them to really weaken the structure of a house. Termites thrive on moisture and they make tunnels to get to it. Look for the mud tubes that indicate the passage of burrowing termites. These are easy to spot look for brown tubes that look something like a pen or a pencil. The tubes are often found on the exterior walls, down in the basement, or on support beams or crawl spaces. These tubes are the sign of terrible damage, or the potential for damage, so call an exterminator immediately.

Inspect the wood of the house and make sure none of it is rotted or rotting. Rotten wood is a favorite of termites and its best to get this repaired or replaced with new wood as soon as possible.

Rodents - Rats and mice are very common unwelcome tenants. The first sign of rodents is often their waste left behind anywhere they can find food, or on any surface they travel along while searching for food.

The sign of rats or mice in the home almost always means that’s just the beginning. The case is rare when it is just one lone rodent. And if it is, that may change rapidly without professional intervention. Pest control services can keep the house rodent free, if used regularly, preventing the fouling of food and the spread of disease.

Ants - It is easy to find an ant infestation. They make long lines of themselves from their lair to whatever food source they happen to find. Once they find food, they are almost impossible to get rid of. Depending on the type of ant involved, it may take a different solution to remove them.

Most types of ants do bite, and some of these bites, like those of fire ants, can be extremely painful.

It is important to get rid of an ant infestation as soon as it is spotted. Ant colonies grow rapidly and once they find a source of food, they are not going to leave of their own accord.

Wasps - Wasps are clearly a danger when they have a nest near someone’s home. When there is a real infestation, it is sometimes possible to hear buzzing inside the walls. Make a visual inspection to be sure that there is no hive or swarm inside or around the house.

When it comes to aggression, few wasps can match the yellow jacket. They often live inside the walls and build their nests in darker portions of the house, like the attic, crawl spaces, or under the eaves.

These pests are quite dangerous. Yellow jackets and wasps can and do sting a victim repeatedly, and tend to be easily agitated. It is possible to be hospitalized after such an attack. A professional exterminator is a necessity to be rid of these insects. Do not attempt to remove them without professional help under any circumstances.