Household Pest Tips - G-M

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Ground beetle – One of the best household pest tips which can be used to stop this occasional intruder from entering your home is to spray any possible points of entry with a repellent known as cypetmethrin. This is a substance which is safe for household pets and humans but hated by these little bugs.

Greenbottle - See bluebottles

Grain weevil – If you have read the other pest control methods for this type of beastie then it’ll come to no surprise that improved hygiene is a chief determinant in control them.

If these are a constant problem for you then make sure that the humidity level within your home isn’t to high as these little insects thrive in warm, damp habitats. Options which are open to you are to invest in a dehumidifier, avoid drying clothes on radiators and perhaps leave a window open or purchase an extractor fan when cooking food in the kitchen.

In addition you should make sure that food storage areas don’t have to many cracks and crevices where this type of weevil can hang out.

Finally, it’s essential that you don’t leave granules of food lying about as these can prove to be a valuable source of food for them and make sure food is adequately covered and stored too.

Gnat - Gnats can be a huge problem in around the home, not only are they annoying little blighters they also travel in swarms which only adds to their pest value. These perennial troublemakers can be controlled by taking on board the following household pest tips.

There are a number of ways in which the gnats’ numbers can be controlled. These methods are dependent on the severity of the problem in hand.

If the infestation is on a small scale then a simple gnat repellent will be enough to quell their attacks. These repellents can be purchased from most garden centres and once applied will give you protection for about 16 days. If you use the repellent in your garden then it’s advisable not to water your garden too much as this will diminish the effectiveness of the chemical.

If the gnat problem is on a larger scale then a good household pest tip to follow is to invest in a couple of mosquito blockers. These handy little gizmos give off a scent which goes along way to rob blood sucking pests of their ability to smell food sources, namely your blood. These stop the pests from biting you because the only way the gnats can tell that there is living blood source in the vicinity is through their ability to smell it, they cannot distinguish between what is living and what is inanimate.

If the above household pest tips don’t work then you will have to go a step further in your battle. Here it’s advisable that you purchase some PT-Microcare this is an aerosol spray which will form a protective mist over infested areas. Each application will give you roughly 25 days of protection. The Microcare can be purchased from most garden centres and supermarkets.

House longhorn beetle - These pests are a real nuisance in and around buildings which have softwood timbers within their make-up.

When controlling and treating the impact made by these beetles a couple of steps need to be followed.

Firstly, check the wood for any sign of damage; you’ll then need to determine the particular insect which has caused the damage. To identify whether or not the house longhorn beetle is the culprit, you should notice oval like bore holes in the timber itself. These bore holes are between 3mm and 8mm in diameter. The adult longhorn beetles are roughly 20mm in length and are characterized by long hornlike antennas on either side of their heads.

Once you have deciphered the pest you then need to identify whether or not they are still present. If they are you’ll notice fresh bore holes or bore dust in the vicinity of the timber.

If the damage is really severe the timbers will have to be removed and destroyed. If the damage is pretty minimal the wood should be treated by a suitable insecticide. Any bore dust present should be removed with special attention paid to treating the bore holes themselves. For long term protection you can pre-treat wood with special insecticides to eradicate the longhorn beetle, this can be purchased from most garden centres and DIY stores.

This household pest tip should be adhered to when treating furniture. Any coverings should be removed so clear access to the infected area can be gained. However, I’d recommend that fluids should not be used on woods which do not allow absorption to take place, such materials include French polished and varnished woods; this is because it could damage the finish and treatment here will be nowhere near as affective.

A final household pest tip is that you must make sure that once a piece of furniture has been treated it should be left in storage for a couple of weeks, whatever you do don’t return it to the house as not all of the fluid may have been absorbed and any residue may damage your carpet.

House dust mite see dust mite

Hornet Hornets and wasps are seen as a pest because of their aggressive nature and stinging habits becoming especially annoyed if they feel their nest is being threatened.

A simple household pest tip to follow in limiting the chances of you coming in contact them is to adopt basic good housekeeping principles. As a lot of wasps and hornets are foragers and their palettes more suited to sweet food scraps and meat it is essential that this food source is taken away; and this is where good housekeeping comes into play. Make sure that you clean work surfaces when you have finished preparing food and place bin bags in sealed dustbins or garbage cans so the food scraps cannot be exposed by animals such as cats or dogs.

If you find you have a wasps nest in your garden or home then your safest best would be to call in professional help, removing it yourself will put you in unnecessary danger.

Head louse - Generally if one person in the family picks up head louse then the whole family need to be treated, usually by a chemical insecticide . However, in recent years people have shied away from this method of control in favour of natural remedies.

A good household pest tip in order to find natural ways to treat head lice is as follows. First of all if you suspect your child of having lice or there has been a lice outbreak in their school or social group then the best way to detect them is to wash their hair as normal - using shampoo - and whilst the hair is still wet go through it using a louse comb or similar fine toothed comb, combing from the scalp area. You need to adopt this approach for two reasons, firstly, the hair is easier to comb while it’s in this state and secondly any lice which are lurking will become sluggish, thus they’ll be easier to remove.

The following household pest tip is an important consideration to take on board when de-lousing is taking place, make sure after each stroke you wipe or rinse the comb to get rid of any lice you may have caught, if you don’t do this then you’ll just be introducing them back into the child’s hair.

When you have undertaken the above step it’s time to wash the hair again, and give it one more comb through. The above steps should be followed every 3 or 4 days for roughly two weeks; doing this will ensure any remaining lice and/or eggs are removed.

Another good household pest tip is to use an electric lice comb to rid the hair of our unwanted friends. This handy little device detects the lice and then gives them a shock –which is harmless to humans – and kills them. Once you have used the comb just wash the hair to get rid of the dead lice.

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- See head louse

Larder beetle - Along with most food nibbling beetles the best household pest tip I can offer is to adopt basic good housekeeping methodologies. Therefore when you discover an outbreak your best bet is to make sure you remove the food source. Here, be sure to clean away any food residue and ensure food is kept covered preferable in a tightly sealed container.

Any food which is contaminated must be disposed of immediately in an outside bin, but however if the problem still exists your best option to use DIY chemicals or call in the professionals.

Mouse - This type of household pest can be controlled by adopting a number of good housekeeping procedures. For example, if your home is a target for our furry foes then there must be a reason behind it. One of the most common assumptions is that they are more than likely to be attracted to your home as there is a ready food source for them to get their teeth into.

By cutting off this source of food via the use of good housekeeping techniques the mice will get frustrated and move on to another location.

A great household pest tip is to make sure they move on to pastures new is to make sure you don’t leave any food scraps lying around, tidy up after yourself when you have finished preparing food. Secondly, it’s essential that food scraps are placed in secure dustbins or trash cans. If you fail to do this then you all your previous housekeeping actions would have been in vain.

If these efforts don’t produce the required results then you can adopt extermination methods to use along the good housekeeping procedures as outline above.

Mouse traps can be used, but this can be a labourious task and may not be ideally suited to the situation if you have a severe infestation.

Probably the best method in killing mice is to use poison. These can be purchased from many homeware stores and supermarkets around the country. Rodent poisons have become a lot more efficient in recent times. The one drawback with this method is in regards to pets and small children; I’d advise you seek professional guidance before you use such poisons if you do have pets or young children within the household.

The final solution is to buy yourself a cat. This can work sometimes, but cats can become lazy – they have no incentive to kill the mice as they get their food given to them on a plate. When their incentive dwindles they are more like to play with the mouse rather than kill it out right, but the shock of being a cat’s play thing can be enough to make the mouse die of fright or shock.

Moth - A good household pest tip which can be used to get rid of moths is to identify the source of infestation. Here you’ll have to look at places where the moths are likely to hang out such as food cupboards, behind furniture, in clothes cupboards and in various nooks and crannies around the home.

Again, as with most of the household pest tips, good housekeeping is the order of the day. Your best bet is to dig out the vacuum cleaner and imperiously go about cleaning the infestation site and its surrounding area, making sure you get into all the nooks and crannies.

When you have finished with the vacuum cleaner it is important that you empty the contents into a secure dustbin or trash can.

If you found the infestation site within clothes cupboard then the contents of which should be washed or dry cleaned. However, if your food cupboard contained the site then any affected food should be dispensed of in an outside, secure bin.

A final household pest tip in regards to moths concerns storage. When you are storing fabrics such as towels and blankets these should be folded neatly and placed in a secure and sturdy draws or chests.

On the other hand if your main concern is food make sure any residues of which are cleaned away and that packets of food such as grain, flour and rice – which has been opened and to be used again are kept inside secure storage containers.

If you adopt the good housekeeping practices - above - and find you’re still having problems you might call upon professional help such as fumigators.

Mosquito - The best household pest tip I can offer you here is to adopt methods that will stop them from biting you. This is the only real affective method as adult mosquitoes don’ set up base within you home and the only food source they are after is blood - which I don’t need to tell you can’t be eradicated as a food source.

Preventative methods include vapourising mats which are plugged into the mains; these will emit an insecticide when the liquid is heated. The downside of these is that they’ll only give about 15 hours of protection and can be quite expensive. Cheaper alternatives are available but are no where near as efficient.

One of the most common methods to stop these annoying pests from getting to you is to use appropriate nets which will severely inhibit their movements.

If you find that you’re prone to mosquito bites then it may be an idea to buy a repellent; these can be purchased from most chemists and supermarkets.

Mite - See dust mites

Midge - See Gnats

Mealworm - Usually an outbreak of mealworm within your home will more than likely be down to poor good housekeeping management in regards to cleaning away food scraps and residues. This is because that it’ll provide an abundant food source for them.

If you do find you have an outbreak a good household pest tips is to make sure you tidy away on food residue and throw any infected food stuffs in an out side bin.

Another efficient tool is to use an insecticide spray to treat infestation areas. You should plan to follow these procedures for a good few weeks after the initial outbreak as the larvae have a long lifespan.

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