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Pests like rodents, insects and raccoons, are a common problem faced by every household sooner or later. Although they are an unwanted burden and a bother you need not worry! Some easy yet effective tips mentioned below can help you get rid of these creatures.

There are different tricks to tackle different types of pests. So be sure to read the correct guide for your unique problem.

Insects:

 

Ants infesting house

Ants: To keep ants away make a mixture of sugar and borax, one cup each. Make the mixture in a glass quart jar and punch holes in the lid of the jar. Now sprinkle this mixture in each and every corner of the house, outdoors and indoors. Borax poisons ants and to attract ants to it you need to have sugar in the mixture. Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood. These can be avoided by making sure that there is no leak in windowsills, the roof or pipes.

Cockroaches: To get rid of cockroaches sprinkle the borax mixture in the bathroom cabinets and also in the kitchen. Don’t sprinkle in areas within the reach of children and pets.

In the event you have wasps, bees, hornet or any other insect use insect spray or even hair spray will do the job.

Fleas: Vacuum rugs thoroughly before spraying the house. After you are done cleaning throw away the dust bags.

Mosquitoes: make sure you keep the bird bath’s water clean. Make it a habit to change it every three days. This will prevent mosquitoes from collecting.

Centipedes: If there are centipedes in your house this mean there are other insects present as well. This is because centipedes prey on other insects so if they are in the house, it is for the other insects.

Termites: Holes in the wood indicate termite presence in the house.

If you live in a multi-unit area individual efforts won’t pay off. These pests can travel from one apartment to the others. An entire building sweep is required. An effective pest control company can be a good choice for to get rid of the pest problem.

Raccoons and Rodents:

 

trapped grey squirrel

  • Mousetrap: Peanut butter and raw bacon are two useful baits. For peanut butter apply it on the trigger of the trap and make sure it has hardened before you set the trap. Tie bacon on the trigger of the trap.
  • Raccoons: mustard oil is a useful repellent for raccoons. Wait for the raccoon to leave and then cover the entry point. Seal all possible openings that they can enter through. Keep poison in holes and cracks of the house. You can also stuff them with some wool, steel or a scouring pad.
  • Use a compound mixture to seal the spaces and holes coupled with fragments of steel wool.

The suggestions made here are a sure thing to get rid of the pest problem. These useful tips help you keep pests and hence your worries away! Try them and you will be amazed at how useful they all are.

The author Ben suggests useful tips to keep your house free from pests. Ben writes for Eclipse Pest Control- Brisbane Pest Control, which is an effective pest control company.

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November 13, 2013 - 3:19 PM No Comments

How To Manage Moles In Your Backyard

They may be adorable characters in some cartoons and movies, but moles can be a real problem at home. These insect-eating mammals are usually found in places where the environment is humid and the soil is not too dry. Underground, they build several interconnecting tunnels that they use when looking for food. So, why is a mole considered as a pest when it is under the ground most of the time? The reason for this is that moles like to burrow, and they can damage the surface of the soil causing unsightly holes, mounds or ridges. An unsuspecting person who steps into a deep or even shallow hole can also sustain injury. Moles also damage trees, ornamental and garden plants. They like to eat bulbs and roots, and their burrowing activities dislodge roots, which then affects plant growth. Moles are also known to chew tree barks that are nearest the ground, and the damage can destroy the affected tree.

How to Control Moles

In controlling moles, it’s important to be aware of existing laws in your state. In California, for instance, property owners can choose any legal technique in getting rid of moles, particularly if the mammals are jeopardizing agricultural lands.

– Identifying the type of mole that’s infesting your property.

Controlling mole population starts with proper identification. The two most common types in the U.S. are the star-nosed and eastern moles. It’s important that you ascertain which type of animal is infesting your home, especially since damage done by moles is often confused with the destruction caused by voles and gophers.

Start by examining the mound. Those made by moles are usually shaped like volcanoes, unlike voles that don’t normally leave a sign on the surface of the soil or gophers that typically form a mound shaped like a horseshoe. Moles also create two kinds of tunnels – surface runways that appear like ridges on the surface and deeper runways.

– Determining the best type of pest control method for your mole problem.

There are many ways that you can use to control mole population. Here are three examples.

1. Repellent

Several types of repellents, some of which won’t require you to use chemicals, are available. Some people recommend planting the Euphorbia lathyris , which is said to repel both moles and gophers. Placing mothballs, razor blades, thorny branches, and other items that deter or irritate moles inside their burrows can also be done. Using devices that frighten moles is also a good way to drive these mammals away. Examples are vibrating wheels or things that make whistling sounds.

2. Bait

Poisonous baits are also available. Most of these are created to look like the mole’s favorite foods, such as earthworms and insects. The bait is usually applied inside tunnels. When using toxic baits, always follow instructions.

3. Trap

Trapping is another method that you can consider. There are several types, such as the choker and the harpoon mole traps. These are made to kill trapped moles. A more humane option is to get Havahart traps that keep captured moles alive. But make sure that you free trapped moles in wooded areas that are far from your home and other people’s properties.

Citations:

Claire Lassiter is a full-time freelancer who has written for hundreds of satisfied clients since 2008. One of her clients is Rove Pest Control, and information about why this is a reliable business is found here.

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June 20, 2013 - 8:07 PM No Comments

Dealing With Winter Thaw And Preparing Your Home For Springtime Pests

There’s one more reason why many homeowners hate winter season, aside from the fact that winter can do some significant damage to your house. The strong winds and the amount of ice that winter brings can leave any strong house weaker. There are new cracks in the walls, openings in the roof, and tons of debris to deal with – the perfect welcome mat, really, for springtime pests such as ants, bees, flies, rodents, and a whole lot more.

Dealing with the damages caused by winter and winter thaw is hard and expensive enough. However, you can cut back on the expenses by preparing your home and protecting it against springtime pests. Below are some steps for home preparation.

Look for Damages and Have Them Repaired Immediately

As mentioned earlier, winter thaw can cause some damage to your house. It can knock off roof shingles; cause roofs to collapse, rip open window screens, clog gutters with debris, etc. If you don’t have them repaired, it’ll leave your home very vulnerable to pest infestation come the spring time. Pests could easily gain access into your home though the cracks in the walls, holes in the roof, or rips on the window screens. The clogged gutters serve not only as a breeding place but also as a source of food.

Don’t give them any opportunity to invade your home, so look for damages after the winter thaw and have them repaired immediately. Replace missing shingles and damaged screens, repair damaged roof, and clean the gutters. Check the attic, crawlspace, and basement as well. Seal up any cracks and holes, and make sure that these places stay well-ventilated as well as dry. It’s also important that you replace damaged weather-stripping.

Give Your Garden a Cleaning

It’s also important that you give your garden a good cleaning. Winter thaw can leave behind tons of debris and mud, which increase the risk for accidents. You could easily slip on the slippery ground, causing injuries such as fracture, sprains, laceration, and bruises. In addition to increased accident risk, there are also the garden pests to contend with.

You can prevent both from happening by giving your garden a thorough cleaning. Remove debris and dispose of them properly. As for spring cleaning your garden, you need to wait until the soil’s dry enough that you can’t properly form a ball of soil when you roll them between your hands. Don’t wait too long though before starting to cut the plants back. You don’t want old growth mixing up with new growth. This’ll double your efforts of cleaning the garden.

It’s also important to prune back the bushes and tree branches. See to it that they’re not in contact with any part of your house, particularly the roof and windows, as this can give pests easier access into your house. They can easily use the bushes and the tree branches as a sort of “bridge” and gain entrance into your home.

These steps can help keep pests away after winter thaw. However, if these are not enough and you suspect that pests have already found their way into your home, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a pest professional. They can give your property a thorough inspection and treat your home for any pest infestation.

 Guest Post:

Jennifer Dallman writes for an Albuquerque pest control company. As a freelance content provider who specializes in pest and pest control, she hopes to teach readers how to protect their homes against pests after the winter thaw.

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February 8, 2013 - 4:27 PM No Comments
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