Home Pest Control Tips - A-D

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Ants – This is a tried and tested home pest control tip which seems to work. Place an open container of washing powder near to where the ants are entering your home. The science behind this is that the ants are attracted to the fragrance, mistaking it for food. They’ll then take pieces of it back to their den which will eventually poison them and their queen.

Another home pest control tip is to try and discover the food source the ants are searching for. The only reason why they are coming into your home is because they are attracted by the food’s scent. Make sure you put food away carefully, secure lids tightly on sugar, flour etc and don’t leave out scraps of food.

Bats – The best home pest control tip in order to stop bats from entering your home in the first place is as follows. If the bats are already nesting remove them as humanely as possible. When they have gone block any potential entrances which they may use to gain access to your home. For example, if you think they could be entering via an air vent, cover it by using meshing, this will allow the air to flow freely but will stop them and other pest from getting in.

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Bee – Bees are very good for the environment and are only considered to be a pest because of the nasty surprise they have on their rear-ends.

Bees can be split into three different varieties and are all dealt with differently. Firstly we have the honey bee which make their homes in tree hollows; the bumble bee which are generally bigger than their cousin the honey bee and finally ground nesting bees which the name suggest make their home in the ground, generally in sand based soil.

The first two types of bee can be eradicated by an effective insecticide the latter can be dealt with by pouring water over their nests. This should be enough to persuade them to move on as they prefer to nest in dry ground, away from any damp spots.

Bed bugs – These are tenacious little blighters, therefore killing them takes an equal amount of tenacity on your behalf. The first home pest control step is to remove all washables from the infected room, such as cushion and duvet covers, curtains, nets and bed spreads and wash or dry clean them. Secondly, whip out the vacuum cleaner and give the room a good going over. Make sure you get in all those nooks and crannies, include the mattress in this too. It must be noted that when you’ve finished vacuuming you must empty the bag, even if it’s only half full; this is due the annoying knack the bed bugs posses of being able to escape from the trickiest of spots.

If you don’t succeed in killing the bed bugs using this method, then I’m afraid you’ll have to call in the experts to exterminate them on your behalf which can cause quite a bit of disruption within your home.

Bluebottle – There are a few ways in which these common pests can be exterminated namely through improved sanitation, sprays and poisons.

Obviously improved sanitation speaks for itself. If you take away the preferred habitat of the pest then they’ll go elsewhere. Therefore make sure you keep dustbins or trash cans nice and clean and any garbage kept the dustbins with the lid tightly secured; if you fail to do this then animals will tear the bags open leaving rotting food exposed to the flies.

In addition to this home pest control tip is that it’s preferable to situate the bins well away from the house to limit the chances of the flies from moving from the clean bins into your home.Another pest control tip you can adopt if you would rather poison them is leaving bait out for them. This should be placed in and around the trash cans. The flies are attracted to it and when they dine on it they’ll be poisoned. However, it should be noted that the same poison could harm household pets such as cats and dogs if they eat the bait. The aforementioned bait can be purchased from most reputable stores.

The final home pest control tip is to use sprays, these can be used to good effect to rid your household of this perennial beastie. Surface sprays are by far the best way to kill off bluebottles. You’ll need to read the instructions on the can carefully in order to get the best results. Ideally surface sprays should be sprayed on points of entry to the home. Therefore windowsills, door frames and air vents are should be treated.

Booklouse – Although the name suggests otherwise the booklouses preferable habitat is the kitchen they love the warm and humid conditions which are created here.

If you found that an outbreak has occurred and the louse have managed to get into any food sources such as sugar or flour then this will have to be disposed of in an outside bin as soon as possible. The surfaces in around the infestation should be washed down with a water and bleach solution making sure you pay close attention to nooks and crannies where the louse and there eggs exist

Birds – One home pest control method in order to cut down on the amount of damage birds and their droppings have on your property is too use roosting spikes. These can be purchased from any reputable homeware or garden centre. The idea behind them is that the spiky nature of this deterrent is very uncomfortable for the birds to roost on.

Biscuit beetles – These little pests are often mistaken for woodworm due to there size and colour. The most cost effective home pest control tip in ridding your home of these blighters is to nip them in the bud from source. In order to do this you’ll have to find out what is causing the infestation. Commonly this is caused by bird nests or by left over food or crumbs; so if you have birds nesting in your loft then it may be an idea to get rid of this. On the other hand food could be the problem; when this is the case make sure that you tidy away any scraps when you have finished cooking.

If the above home pest control tip is unsuccessful I’m afraid you’ll have to call in the exterminators before the situation gets worse.

Crane fly – It’s common knowledge that these pests – which are abundant in their numbers in late summer/early autumn – are attracted to the light given off by light bulbs. Therefore the only real method of home pest control open here is to make sure you keep all windows and doors shut in late summer and early autumn between dusk and dawn.

The only time you’ll need to seek professional assistance is if you are invaded by an army of them, but this is unlikely to happen.

Cockroach – These are perhaps the most resilient beings on this planet so getting rid of them is never an easy task. The most effective home pest control way of carrying out this task is to improve the general hygiene of your home. Doing this will cut off their source of food, in addition you should undertake clutter control initiatives, this will enable you to spot these little pest easier and will give them less opportunity to find a hiding place; on this point any holes in walls, skirting and floor boards will give the roaches ample opportunity to set up base, so make sure you carry out regular maintenance. Other place which can be an ideal hiding place for these creatures is the boxing surrounding pipes, so again make sure your pipes are not treated in this way.

If the above method doesn’t work then your best bet is to invest in some insecticide, this can be brought from many homeware and garden centres. Ideally this should be placed in and around roach sighting areas and in nooks and crannies.

Carpet beetle – These little pests are generally found in Europe and the UK and can cause significant damage to fabrics such as carpets, upholstery and curtains.

To rid your home of these creatures your best bet is to dispose of heavily affected fabrics. If this is not possible then the infested area should be cleaned thoroughly including any nooks and crannies where they can hide. Once the area has been cleaned from top to tail then it should be treated with an insecticide.

Clothes moth – To eliminate this pest from your home, a good home pest control tip is, firstly keep your eyes peeled. You’ll need to locate the source of infestation. Once you have found the site you should get out your vacuum cleaner and get to work on the site, paying close attention to nooks and crannies and other places where the moths, larvae and eggs are able to hide. In must be noted that the contents of the vacuum cleaner should be disposed on an outside bin to stop the infestation being transferred to a different area in your home.

If you find any clothes or fabrics which have been affected then these should be cleaned thoroughly or thrown away. Once these fabrics have been cleaned they should be stored in a place where the moths can’t get to them such as a chest or chest of drawers.

Once the infested areas and fabrics have been dealt with – as outlined above – the area where the outbreak has occurred should be treated with an insecticide this should kill off any of the critters which have escaped the vacuum cleaner.

Dust mite – The best home pest control technique in limiting the affects of these little pests is to control them by undertaking a number of good housekeeping methodologies. As dust mites have been known to be responsible for a number of common allergies and are often found on beds it is key that you vacuum the mattress and in around the bedstead thoroughly then place a plastic cover over it. This will stop the mites from embedding themselves within the mattress. Pillows should be treated in the same way too.

As for bedding and linen this should be washed at least once a week. Make sure you was them on a hot wash in order to kill any resilient mites.

Returning to the point on pillows and duvets it’s always bets to buy ones which have synthetic fillings as opposed to feather and down ones. It’s also a good idea to dispose of the woolen bedding with nylon or cotton varieties s these are easier to clean and the mites don’t particularly like them.

It is good housekeeping to give the plastic sheet on the mattress with a damp cloth everyday if you’re really suffering with the effects of the mites.

On a final note, as dust mites thrive in warm and humid environments a good pest control tip is to make sure you keep the thermostat below 25 degrees C. If you use your radiators to dry clothes then this is a no no in your battle to beat the mites as this will add to the moisture in the air. Preferably you should invest in a dehumidifier as this will help keep the humidity down.

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Deathwatch beetle – The only real effective way of home pest control for these is to treat the wood with a specialized insecticide which can be found in most reputable homeware centres. On the other hand if the damage is really severe then the infested wood may have to be replaced.

If the first good housekeeping action fails then it maybe an idea to call in fumigation experts to sort these little pests out.

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