DIY Pest Control techniques
Autumn is now in full swing, and as the weather continues to cool down, a variety of unpleasant guests might be driven into your house by the falling temperatures.
No, we’re not talking about crazy relatives; that’s a couple months from now. We’re talking about spiders, mice, stink bugs, and other small non-human pests that might try to take refuge in your home or business building.
In this article, we’ll give you some simple, effective do-it-yourself pest control methods you can use to keep common pests out of your house and to get rid of them or manage their population if they’ve already taken up residence.
Here are three DIY pest control methods that will help keep your home intruder-free this fall:
DIY pest control method 1: Seal off pests’ entry points.
If there are cracks in your foundations or walls, holes in your screens, or gaps around the screens, insects like stink bugs can slip through them and enter your home.
To keep unwanted visitors outside, seal cracks with caulk, line your doors and windows with weather stripping and repair any holes in your screens as soon as you find them. Also try to avoid leaving doors and windows open when they don’t have a screen over them.
DIY pest control method 2: Don’t turn your house into a bug beacon.
Some types of insects, like stink bugs, are attracted to light. To avoid drawing them to your house, minimize the number of lights you keep on at night.
Insects’ attraction to light can be used against them by getting a bug zapper, but that can be a double-edged sword. It could attract more bugs than you would’ve gotten otherwise, and if the victims happen to be stink bugs, the smell will make you wish you’d let them live.
DIY pest control method 3: Set traps.
Different traps work on different types of pest, so it’s important to know what you’re dealing with before you spend time or money on this strategy.
If your infestation consists of winged, fruit-eating insects, like fruit flies, try putting some warm apple cider vinegar in a jar, putting a couple drops of soap in the vinegar, and placing a funnel in the top of the jar, narrow side-down.
The smell of the heated vinegar will attract bugs to the trap, and the funnel will make it difficult for them to escape once they’re inside. The soap disrupts the surface tension of the water, so instead of perching safely on the liquid, they’ll sink and drown.
If it’s mice you’re dealing with, set traps strategically in high-traffic areas. You can usually identify the creatures’ runways by the trails of droppings and smudges they leave.
If you suspect that you know where they travel, but you aren’t sure, try sprinkling baby powder in those areas to see if they leave tracks.
Once you’ve identified the runways, place two traps an inch apart. Mice sometimes try to jump over the traps, so setting two of them close together will help to thwart that tactic.
What do you do if do-it-yourself just doesn’t do?
The do-it-yourself methods we just gave you will help you to keep pests from getting into your house, and to remove them or at least reduce their population if they’ve already gotten inside.
But if your infestation is large, established, or in a hard-to-reach place, you might need professional help.
If your pest problem’s gotten too big for you to deal with it on your own, or you just don’t want to spend your precious personal time fighting off the invasion, and you want a fast and effective solution at an outstanding price, visit this page to get a free inspection and quote from our pest control experts today!
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