House Pest Control Tips - E-F

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Spring Cleaning - House Pest Control

Earwig – Within the home earwigs aren’t really considered to be a pest but can be a huge cause of anxiety for those with phobias.

To prevent them from gaining access to your home an excellent house pest control tip is to ensure that any cracks and crevasses in and around window and door sills are filled in. If these pests really are a cause of anxiety for you, you may go as far as fitting draft excluders to doors.

To keep the chances of the earwigs from entering your premises as low as possible then as part of the cleaning process I suggest that you fit all your doors with draft excluders, this will also give you the added bonus of keeping the heat in your home during those cold winter nights.

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Filter fly – These pests are particularly unsavory as their preferred habitat is the local sewage treatment plant and they can be a huge problem to residents living by one. They fly about covered in god knows what and land on your dinner.

From this you can see why control of their numbers is an essential ingredient in the maintenance of a healthy household. As with the bluebottle and common house fly improved hygiene and general sanitation in and around the home is key in reducing the temptation they have, to enter your home.

Other methods which can be adopted in order to control the filter fly is to use surface sprays in areas where the flies are spotted. These sprays can be purchased from most chemists, supermarkets and garden centres.

Flea – When trying to control fleas many people fall into the same two traps; they use flea control products which only target the adult fleas; however, it’s extremely important that you use a solution which takes care of the eggs and larvae too, if you don’t you’ll be fighting a losing battle.

The second trap which people commonly fall into is to only treat the pet. This is a big error because for every flea and egg which is on your pet there could be hundreds which are plotted throughout your home, which will jump back on your pet at anytime. Therefore it’s important that you treat every room just to be on the safe side.

The choice of flea control product should have priority over most things due to it’s importance. There are a lot of dodgy products on the market and if the wrong choice is made you could end up with a solution which is ineffective or much worse, one which harms your beloved pets.

You’re best off using a product which comes with recommendations in terms of being kind to your pets as well as killing these pests at source i.e. their eggs, larvae and the adults.

Once you have treated the surrounding area which should know be protected for while at least, you should turn your attention your pets and use a recommended and affective flea treatment on them, again remember to use a product which kills the eggs and the adults.

One final not to help you keep control of the flea situation is to make sure you follow treatment on a regular basis especially during the summer months. Therefore, if there is any sign of constant scratching by your pets you’ll need to act fast.

Other ways in which you can limit the chances of another flea infestation from breaking out is by ensuring that all nooks and crannies are filled in if possible. This will stop the fleas from having a safe haven in which to hide and bread.

Secondly, ensure that you vacuum clean your home on a regular basis paying special attention to corners and underneath furniture such as beds, tables, desks, chairs and sofas.

If you follow these additional steps regularly you will greatly reduce the intervals in which you have to carry out a full cleansing of your home and pets.

Flour beetle –As with many pests the best control method is to identify the source of the infestation. They are scavengers who prefer to feed on processed grains such as flour, cornmeal, macaroni and cereals. When searching for them you’ll need to scour the aforementioned foods for evidence. If you do find contaminated food then it’ll be necessary to dispose of it in an outside bin; don’t put them in the kitchen bin as they might escape.

Once you have disposed of any contaminated foodstuff, thoroughly clean the storage area, removing and washing any cookware as you go along. In addition make sure you clean up any crumbs which may have been left behind with a vacuum cleaner, making sure you get into all the nooks and crannies.

Flour mite – These little pests are very resilient indeed and are difficult to get rid of by using traditional methods. One of the best pest control tips in order to control them is to keep humidity levels within your home as low as possible; this is because they thrive in these conditions. To achieve this, it perhaps will be a good idea for you to invest in a dehumidifier; in addition if you use radiators to dry your clothes you’re playing into their hands, as the drying clothes will significantly increase the humidity levels within your home.

Again, thorough housekeeping is the order of the day in making sure they don’t establish themselves within your home. As they like to lay their eggs in and around foodstuffs, make sure you tidy away any food scraps when you have finished cooking or preparing food.

If you adopt these cleaning practices and still find that you haven’t managed to solve the problem then you should think about investing in some specialist acaricide.

Flour moth – Again, the best way to control these pests is employ good housekeeping procedures is too make sure cupboards and work surfaces are kept clean and tidy and clear of crumbs. In addition care must be taken to seal flour, sugar and biscuit tins to reduce the opportunity for these moths to make themselves comfortable.

If you have found that your levels of spring cleaning have slipped and the moths have established themselves within your home I’m afraid the only way in which you’ll get rid of them is by calling in the fumigation squad.

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Fruit fly – There are a number of options open to you in ridding your home of these pests, these include improved sanitation and the use of insecticides and traps.

As part of any spring cleaning exercise it’s important that the sanitation levels which you employ are as effective as possible. This is important because poor sanitation is a key determinant in the fruit fly’s thinking when searching out the perfect habitat to lay their eggs.

One of the first steps would be to check whether any rotting fruit or vegetable matter is lurking outside or even within your home; ideally you should look in around your dust bins or garbage cans for any of the aforementioned food stuff. In addition check that compost bins are working efficiently too and that any rotting fruit or vegetables aren’t too exposed. The last thing to note is in regards to making sure that bin bags are placed inside tightly sealed dustbins or garbage cans so that they can’t be ripped open by little animals, thus exposing rotting matter for the fruit flies to exploit.

In general just adopt good housekeeping practices in terms of keeping kitchen bins, work surfaces and dust bin areas clean and free of rotting food.

Another way in which fruit flies numbers can be controlled is by treating affected areas with any good insecticide which can be purchased from most chemists, garden centres and homeware stores.

Here, just read the instructions on the label very carefully and treat affected areas such as your dust bins and kitchen bin.

If you would rather trap the fruit fly then it’s advisable too purchase one of many specialized fruit fly traps which can be purchased from most garden and homeware centres. However, if you don’t want to go down this rout then you can always purchase an electronic fly traps; you’ve probably seen these before, there the ones which butchers use to catch and electrocute flies which enter their premises.

Finally, any affective spray such as pyrethrum can be used to achieve the desired results.

Fungus beetle – Also known as plaster beetles these pests thrive in warm, damp environments, with their larvae feeding on mould and mildew. With this in mind they can be successfully controlled by denying them the habitat they seek. This can be achieved by drying out any damp areas along with treating any patches of mould and mildew. Houses fitted with central heating are particularly advantageous in combating damp rooms, so make sure the radiators are turned ones which are susceptible.

If the problem continues I suggest that you treat affected areas with a good insecticide.

Fur Beetle – As with most little pests you need to keep a vigilant eye to spot them, they prefer a quite place which is unlikely to be disturbed such as sideboards, sofas and gaps in skirting boards; so when searching for them it’s best to use a torch.

Once you have found them you can get to work getting rid. With this in mind good housekeeping is essential; the vacuum cleaner is the chief tormentor of these pesky pests so dig it out. You need to thoroughly clean the area of the beetle sighting, getting in all the nooks and crannies. As the fur beetles preferred habitat is in and around fluff, wool, hair and similar textured items then you need to make sure you dust properly, preferably with a static duster which will keep dust on the duster rather than just moving it elsewhere in the room.

As part of the good housekeeping process it’s essential that you clean fur rugs and woolens as often and possible to limit the chances of the infestation returning.

When you are putting certain woolens such as blankets away for storage it’s advisable that you give them a quick spray with an insecticide. It must be noted that if you follow this step don’t go over the top with the spray and remember always to dry clean clothing when it has been stored for a while.

If you find that the above spring cleaning methods are not sufficient in ridding the problem then treat carpets and upholstery with a good insecticide which can be found in most chemists and homeware centres.

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Furniture mite – The pest control treatment for these problematic critters is the same as for the book louse (see above)

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