How To Easily Get Rid Of Pests And Other Unwanted Guests

How To Easily Get Rid Of Pests And Other Unwanted Guests | Phyxter Home Services

Pests and other unwanted guests can be a real hassle. They destroy our homes, scare us and also pose the risk of spreading disease. Luckily we’re here to show you how to get rid of them for good.

This blog will provide you with all the information you need to prevent pests from coming into your home in the first place as well as how to quickly remove any that come in while they are still small.

We’ll cover what types of pests there are, where they typically live, their habits and finally some tips on getting rid of them.

If you have any pest problems or just want more knowledge on this topic, please keep reading.

First, identify the pest you are dealing with

The old saying goes: know thy enemy, or in this case, know thy pest.

If you know the pest is causing the problem, then it’ll make it a lot easier to resolve.

The most common ones encountered in homes are cockroaches and ants. Bed bugs can also be a nuisance but are becoming much rarer.

There are some other types that are a nuisance outside the home.

For example, did you know that geese roam certain areas in numbers large enough to be problematic?

You can try a geese deterrent to see if it helps once you’ve identified that they are your pest in question.

There are solutions for the other pests mentioned above as well.

Clean up

One of the easiest ways to prevent pests from taking up residence in your home is to keep a clean house.

You can do that by constantly cleaning any messes, so they don’t have places to hide, and also by using your appliances regularly.

You should avoid leaving food out for an extended period of time, especially sugary drinks which can attract ants.

Next, find out what attracts them to your home and remove it

Why have these uninvited guests decided that your house is the best hang-out spot?

Well, there could be a few reasons, but it’s usually because your home provides them with everything they need.

You might have food for them in the form of crumbs on the floor from the last time you had takeout or leftover pizza.

You might have water because you live near a pond, lake, or even a leak in your drinking water supply which flows downhill and collects near your home.

You might even have heat, a good place to hide or stay during the day while you’re away at work.

The best way to prevent these pests from coming in is to remove whatever it is that they are attracted to.

Because sooner rather than later, these pests will also try to nest and reproduce in your home.

Make sure that there is no food or water for them to eat or drink

This is an important step in making your home less attractive.

Cockroaches, ants, and other pests will often look for food or water sources.

If you remove the food source by cleaning up after yourself then there is nothing enticing them to stick around in the first place.

Keep all food put away in sealed containers and clean up after meals as well.

Lastly, seal off any entry points they may be using to get into your house

Understanding where they are coming from is the first step in blocking them off.

You might find you have cracks in your walls or windows that need to be sealed up.

Make sure they don’t have any access to any entry points under doors as well.

Also, make sure there aren’t any holes in your yard that could allow an insect or rodent to come up into your home.

Use traps for mice

If you have a problem with mice in your attic or basement, set up mouse traps near openings where they enter the building and bait them with peanut butter or something else they like.

Make things hot for fruit flies

If you have fruit flies in your kitchen sink drain pipes, pour boiling water down the drain every day until their population dies off.

Kill cockroaches with borax and salt

Cockroaches will often find their way into homes through the pipes in sinks.

They’ll crawl up your plumbing and get stuck in drains.

To kill them, simply pour some borax powder down the drain (1/2 cup) followed by 1/4 cup of salt.

They’ll crawl through and die on the spot. If you have a lot of roaches, add some boiling water to help speed things up.

Caulk cracks in your countertops

If pests are crawling underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink or around outside your cabinets, seal off gaps with some silicone caulk.

Use bayleaf as a natural solution

For cockroaches that come inside from time to time through open doors and windows at night time when it’s cooler outside – place some bay leaves around these areas to keep them away.

Eucalyptus oil for ants

To prevent ants from coming indoors by crawling under doorways or other cracks on the house’s exterior, use an ant-repellent spray containing pyrethrins (eucalyptus oil) whenever these pests show up outdoors.

This will discourage their interest in entering your home as well as killing those already inside.

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Finally, if all else fails, call in a professional when insects get out of hand.

If the issue keeps reoccurring, you may have a bigger problem on your hands than you think. It might be time to call an exterminator.

A professional will have access to the right kind of solutions for your specific problem.

Pests are a common problem in many homes.

However, pests can be removed from your home with the help of these few simple steps.

Follow each step to ensure you get rid of those pesky insects for good! clean up; seal off possible entry areas pests may be attracted to and take away any sources of food or comfort they may be attracted to at your home.

There are also many natural solutions you can employ that pests will hate.

You don’t have to live with a pest problem. Use these tips to do something about it.

Russell Jones

VP of Operations @ Phyxter and Home Improvement Specialist

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