House Pest Tips

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Nit - See head louse

Plaster beetle - Plaster beetles feed on mould and mildew so they can only exist in damp environments, therefore this notion of what type of habitat they thrive in can go some way to explaining how they can be controlled.

If you control the damp, moisture and/or humidity within your home then you’ll rid your life of these little pests. A good house pest tip is to make sure that the moisture levels within your home are reduced. One of the best ways in which this can be achieved is by purchasing a dehumidifier. This appliance extracts moisture from the air, which makes your house less humid, which in turn drives away the plaster beetles as they can no longer thrive in the environment.

The room in the house which has arguably the greater risk of harbouring these pests is the bathroom. In this room it might be to your benefit to fit an extractor fan; this can be turned on every time the bathroom is used. The fan will rid your bathroom of excess moisture as a result of running hot water.

On the other hand if you don’t want to go through the expense and inconvenience of getting a fan fitted you can always open the bathroom window; but make sure you open it after you’ve finished taking a shower; you don’t want to be giving your neighbours any surprises now do you?

If you follow these procedures along with adopting good housekeeping practices such as cleaning and treating mould patches and the pests are still prevalent then you may have to seek professional help.

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Rat - To rid your home of rats or keep them at a bay; a good house pest tip I suggest you adopt is to undertake good housekeeping practices such as making sure food is stored in plastic and metal containers; perishable food such as fruit and vegetables be kept in the refrigerator; No food residues are left out; and that scraps are kept in a secure dustbin which can’t be tipped over or got at in any way by other animals such as dogs, cats and/or raccoons.

If the rats have already set up home then catching them in traps is probably an option you should bear in mind. Mechanical traps can be bought in many hardware stores.

After you have purchased your trap(s) you need it in locations where the rats have been spotted, this will increase your level of success.

In my experience it is preferable to use traps over poisoning. This form of killing rats can cause more problems than it’s worth; for example, if you have pets or young children they may try and sample the poison and secondly, as the rats don’t die immediately after eating the poison, they’ll scurry away somewhere – which is hard to get at - in you property and die; they’ll then decompose leaving a nasty smell and attract other household pests to their rotting body’s.

The final method of controlling rats is by using chemicals. You can hire professionals to do this on your behalf.

Spider - In general spiders aren’t really considered a problem unless they are poisonous.

The best way to remove the spider from your home is to use the old card underneath a glass trick and then deposit it outside your home.

However, if you don’t want to get too close to the spider a good house pest tip is to go and the vacuum cleaner and suck the spider up, the ferocity of the suction should be enough to kill the spider.

Obviously if the spider is poisonous you may want to seek some professional advice before you remove it from your home.

To stop the spiders from wanting to live in your home then a affective house pest tip is too adopt some good housekeeping and homemaking techniques such as using your vacuum cleaner to remove webbing, keep your home clutter free and make sure any nooks and crannies are filled in this will ensure the spiders find it as difficult as possible to thrive.

Another good tip where spider control is concerned is to make sure that plugs are kept in plug holes when you aren’t using the bath or sink; this is because a good number of the spiders which enter your home will use these points of entry.

Slug - If slugs are getting into your home it is more than likely is a hole in the walls of your house where the slugs are entering from the garden. This hole is likely to be situated close to the ground. A good house pest control would be to go around the perimeter of your house checking for any gaps or holes if you find any you’ll nee to fill them in.

Another point of entry for slugs is via old or rotting windows. If you have any then this could be a possible point of entry for the slug. In addition draft excluders should be fitted to any doors which lead outside, this will stop slugs and other pests crawling under your doors.

Silverfish - With these little pests am affective house pest tip is to focus on good housekeeping practices in the form of improved sanitation in and around your home. However, improving the cleanliness of your home is only an important consideration once the silverfish have been banished from your home.

Before these spring cleaning practices become affective you’ll need to undertake the necessary ground work to get rid of these household pests.

Firstly, try this house pest tip. Make sure the humidity levels within your home are reduced this can be achieved by adopting the following practices; purchasing a dehumidifier, don’t dry clothes and other wet garments on radiators, open windows and/or use extractor fans when you use hot water and make sure there are no leaking pipes.

Secondly a good house pest tip is to remove clutter from the rooms of your home. As the silverfish like to set up home in and around discarded fabrics and old paper, then removing such items will give them less opportunity to set up home. Then same rule of thumb should be applied to old packaged food and it’s reside.

Once these procedures have been applied if need be you should use an affective pesticide. When you use it make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies and any other places you suspect the silverfish to be hiding.

If you apply the above house pest tips then your silverfish problem should become a thing of the past.

Termite - The only real way to prevent termites attacking wooden structures is to pre-treat the said wooden structures beforehand.

Unfortunately if this has not been undertaken then the only real solution would be for you to call in the professionals and let them deal with the problem.

Woolly bear - See carpet beetle

Woodworm - See furniture beetle

Woodlouse - The best way to prevent woodlice invading your home is to follow this house pest tip. Make sure that all cracks and holes in outside walls and around window and door sills are all filled in. Placing draft excluders on doors will also prove top be beneficial.

Another decent house pest tip is to remove debris such as rubbish, foliage and rotting wood is removed from the perimeter of your home.

And the last house pest tip with regards to woodlice pest control is to apply spring cleaning practices within the home. You’ll need to vacuum rooms on a regular basis, paying close attention to skirting board areas and corners.

Weevil - See grain weevil

Wasp - See hornets

Yellow swarming fly - These usually go around in packs so wiping small infestations out can be quite easy. Just go to where they are hiding, possibly around windows and unleash the mighty vacuum cleaner upon them.

However for larger infestations professional assistance may be required.

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