Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Strategies
Your wall might seem solid, but they have tiny holes through which pests gain entry into your home. The small insects will sneak through any spaces they find; hence, you can not have a completely bug-proof home. Nevertheless, you can mitigate the invasion by identifying and sealing the gaps, more so the larger ones that mice and the bigger insects can use.
Start with examining your house’s exterior, which means you need to get your hands and knees dirty. Use a flashlight or mirror to help you get around and see what might not be in clear sight. You can get a bit creative and resourceful with your bug-proofing efforts. For instance, you can use a pencil to plug up a hole or crack. Take your time as you inspect every inch of the house, paying keen attention to doors, windows, dryer vents, wall penetration, roof vents, the foundation, and exhaust fans.
Here are some home pest control tips:
Check the Foundation/Siding Joint – Examine the siding underside using a mirror, looking for gaps that you will mark with masking tape to identify the location and repair it later quickly.
Plug Holes With Mesh – Use a screwdriver to push an ample amount of copper mesh into the gaps, leaving roughly half an inch of space that you will fill with foam sealant.
Caulk Gaps Between Trim And Siding – Check the spaces between the trim and siding, then fill them with acrylic latex caulk. Use a wet cloth to clean up any over-spray. Wet your finger and use it to smooth out the beads.
Cap Gaps At Doors And Windows – Use adhesive-backed weatherstripping to seal the basement sashes and the doors and windows. Start by cleaning the surface before application to facilitate a firm adhesion.
Check The Dryer Vent For Holes – Inspect the dryer vents to ensure the damper is not open or broken off entirely. Also, examine the seal between the vent and the wall to confirm it is tight.
Foam Large Soffit Gaps – Poke the spaces in which you find nests, emptying them before filling them with expanding foam. Once the foam hardens, use a utility knife to trim off the excesses.
Protect Wood From Moisture – Tiny pests and insects will draw moisture from their surroundings, so they avoid dry or parched places. Hence, dry soil around your house – foundation and walls – is less attractive to most pests like centipedes, spiders, and other insects. Get rid of the moisture-wicking soil and mulch from the low wood in the foundation and walls and around the doors and window frames. Also, flip the mulch periodically to keep reduce the dampness. Trimming back the bushes can also prove helpful.
Store Pet Food – Keep pet food in a tightly covered metal or plastic container so that you keep out the mice and other small animals that will try and find a means of getting into the container to eat.
Mousetrap Technique – You can use a snap trap to catch mice. The snare might seem somewhat cruel, but it is a far better option than using poison or glue traps that are slow death dealers for the mice. You also will not have to encounter any unpleasant surprises later. However, this trap might not be effective if the placement is inappropriate, meaning the snares are in the wrong place or are too few.
Mice have poor vision and will rely on their sense of touch and smell to get about. They prefer running along the walls, which is where you should set your traps and any other places you find brown pellets. You can set two dozen mousetraps if you have an average-sized house.
The best approach is to set two snares parallel to the wall with the bait facing the wall. The mice might jump one trap but will not escape the next. Peanut butter and chocolate syrup are mice’s favorite, making them the perfect baits. And if you are considering live traps, then use them in pairs. Place the live snares back-to-back with the open doors at each end.
Use a disinfects spray, like Lysol, over the mouse droppings before sweeping to mitigate the risk of disease that the mice can spread to humans.
Spider Solution – A dehumidifier can suffice when trying to rid your basement of spiders. Strive to achieve a 40% humidity level and removing cobwebs whenever you spot them. Maintain clean basement windowsills. Your efforts will start paying off in a matter of weeks.
Eradicating Roaches – Paper bags bundled under the kitchen sink are a cockroach haven. Roaches defecate pheromone-laced fecal pallets that seem to call in more of these insects. A professional exterminator is your best bet if you have an infestation that looks out of hand.
You can invest in quality baits, but they are costly and effective when the placement is done right. Please note that you might get rid of roughly 5% of the cockroaches. They can repopulate dramatically in a few months after you think you won and stopped waging war against them. The exterminator understands their habits and will place baits in the right spots.
You can tame the infestation by putting up a valiant offence.
Start with depriving the roach of food. Clean up from the counter-tops, drawers, shelves, pantry, floors, beneath the appliances, and under the sink. Also, store foods in tightly sealed plastic containers. Also, consider cutting their water supply by fixing dripping faucets and leaky sink traps. Hang damp kitchen towels, scrub pads, and sponges to dry. Consider using sealed bait containers or boric acid pesticide powder, sprinkling some in the cracks and crevices where the roaches hide. You can get these cockroach elimination tools from your local home centers and hardware stores.