Seal the Exterior of Your Home
Sealing your home is an excellent way to prevent spiders and many other pests from entering. Spiders can get through very tiny openings, so even small cracks and gaps should be sealed. Use caulk on these small crevices, and expandable spray foam can be used to fill larger holes. It is also important to check that all your doors and windows have a tight seal with intact weather stripping. If the screens have holes or tears, they should be replaced or repaired.
Choose the Right Bait
Do you think mice love cheese? Think again! Although the connection between mice and cheese has been around for centuries, it is a myth. Recent scientific studies have determined that mice are not drawn to cheese, and in some cases, the smell may actually repel them. If you want your trapping experience to be successful, choose a bait that will attract them. Good choices include foods that mice eat naturally like grains, fruits, and vegetables. It has also been shown that mice love nuts and sugary sweets, so peanut butter and chocolate are also encouraged.
Termites are some of the most costly pests in the world. Each year they affect millions of homes and cost billions in property damage. While some areas are more susceptible to termites than others, homeowners everywhere should be on the lookout for them. Early intervention can greatly reduce the damage that they do to your home and the costs associated with eliminating them. Here are some signs of termites to look for.
Bed Bug Characteristics
Bed bugs are insects that have 3 main body parts, six legs, and 2 antennae. They are typically light brown or reddish-brown in color and grow up to about 7 mm long. Many people compare the size and shape of a bedbug to an apple seed. Since bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, their shape changes based on how recently they have eaten. Unfed bed bugs are flat and oval-shaped, while a full bed bug looks swollen and more balloon-shaped. Bed bugs do not have wings and will not jump or fly. They may also appear to have stripes because of the microscopic hairs that grow along their segmented abdomens. Bed bugs are most often found within a few feet of a sleeping area.
Do-it-yourself pest control is something we have all tried to do. There are countless blogs and advice pieces available on the internet, and a visit to your local hardware store, or big box store will beget hundreds of opinions and products to help alleviate your mouse infestation problem. Swatting at wasps is no fun; yet spraying them with some off the shelf product only seems to aggravate them.
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