How To Get Rid of Silverfish

How To Get Rid of Silverfish

Silverfish are harmless, grey blue serpentine creatures which aren’t pleasant to have around the house. They feed on books, dead skin cells, and other starchy materials and thrive in dark, wet spaces. Once you’ve found out you have a silverfish infestation, you can get rid of them by trapping them, repelling them and making your home less hospitable. Read on to learn more about banishing silverfish.

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How to Get Mice Out of House Walls

Mice can be found in many hidden areas within homes. Places like storage boxes, attics, lofts and wall interiors. Mice can fit in small openings in floors, walls and foundations. These mice inside your house walls can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

Mice living within walls rarely leave their nests during daylight. You can’t see them, but you can here their gnawing and clawing sounds. Before attempting extermination methods, homeowners should properly identify their pests as mice. Other pests are also known to reside within walls and may require a customized method to control them. Droppings and tracks are often visible in homes experiencing mouse infestations. Holes are also visible in walls, floors, ceilings and foundations. Due to their nesting and feeding habits, mice cause significant damage to human food sources and wooden surfaces. Bite or chew marks in these areas often indicate the presence of mice.

Usually mice will emerge from their hiding place in search of food. At this time, homeowners can capture and kill mice through the use of traps. Homeowners may also lure mice out of walls with food bait. Spring-loaded traps, glue traps and live-catch traps are commercially available. Some are designed to kill captured rodents, while others require homeowners to release mice outside. In order to be effective, the traps must be placed properly and along areas frequented by the mice. Often, homeowners incorrectly place traps, making them ineffective, and they can also present a risk to children or pets if they have access to the trap.

Professional pest control should be sought for the knowledge, training and expertise to successfully manage mice.

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How To Get Rid Of Dog Odor

How To Get Rid Of Dog Odor

You love your pets.  The challenge to keep your home clean and smelling fresh is pretty hard if you have a pet like a dog.  No matter how well you keep your dog clean, they could present an odor you might not like.

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How to get Rid of Fruit Flies

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Fruit flies are the little flies who which sit on your unrefrigerated fruits in your kitchen are probably. They are also known as vinegar flies. They are really hard to get rid of but with a good plan of attack you will be able to.

These Fruit flies will lay 500 eggs at a time near the surface of ripening fruits. They can also lay their eggs in sink drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, garbage bags, and even damp mops and sponges.

First step into getting rid of fruit flies is by eliminating the sources of breeding. Do not leave onions, tomatoes, or potatoes outside. You should keep them in the refrigerator until you get rid of the fruit flies in your home. Always clean your recycling bins, and make sure you clean up the cans frequently. Also make sure you clean every corner in your kitchen.

Traps are a solution too. you can find disposable fruit fly traps at any hardware store.

You could create your own homemade trap by forming a cone-shaped funnel with a piece of paper, sealing it with tape, and sticking it into a clean jar or wine bottle. Bait the jar with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or a slice of ripe banana. Place one or more of these traps on counters or in pantries where the pests are seen most often. The flies go in easily but can’t fly out. After you trap all visible flies, kill them with spray or release them outside. Rebait and replace jar traps, if necessary.

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How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

There are several reasons for getting rid of chipmunks, not the least of which is their carnivorous desire for bird eggs and hatchlings. Chipmunks will also chomp your landscaping and garden.

The trick to effective chipmunk control is an integrated strategy; using multiple control methods will help ensure long-term success. Below are step-by-step strategies to help you get rid of chipmunks, as well as other useful trapping and repelling information.

1. Eliminate Food and Shelter
2. Identify Areas of Damage
3. Choose the Right Control Method

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How to Get Rid of Ants

How to Get Rid of Ants

Ants come inside your house because they’re attracted to your food.  Food could also be used to repel ants as well.  A good home made solution is spraying them with lemon or peppermint-flavored water.  Below are more way of how to get rid of ants by using different traps and chemical insecticides.

Stop them from invading your home

The best way to get rid of a house pest is to prevent it from even considering your home an easy target. Hence, deterrence is a prime focus for every homeowner potentially susceptible to an ant invasion.   Make sure you barricade your home properly.  Ants are small, and they can fit into any crack  through any part of the home.  You won’t be able to see them all, but if you see a parade of ants then you’ll know you found your problem.    Seal windows, doors and any cracks the ants crawl through caulk.    Get some baby powder, or chalk powder, and sprinkle all around the home’s entrances and windows.   Also if you want apply, vinegar in those areas as well.

Kill the trail

Find the ant trail, and wipe it off together with any ants on that trail.  Then spray that trail, with soapy water, and then spray some vinegar on that trail to repel them from using that trail.

Kill the Scout

Scouts are the lonely ants you see on their own.  If the scout detects any food source, then it will run back and inform the nest, to where they will send in their troops to collect the food source etc.  So in order to stop this invasion from happening you will need to squish the scout ant.  Usually alone, and roaming around.  You can tell for sure who they are.

Follow the Trail

Might as well follow the trail, and find the ant nest.  If you don’t want any more problems, then its time to kill off the ant nest.

If you can find the source, carefully dig  the soil and pour several gallons of boiling water into the nest. That should take care of the entire colony.

 

 

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Summer time dictates that people should enjoy life more; go to the beach, have tanning sessions, hold weekly or bi-weekly barbeques, go for nice warm early morning walks, and school being out. School being out for the summer doesn’t mean break time for you parents. But hey, at least the family’s together more! And, to join the picnic are fruit flies, or drain flies. Fruit flies have earned their name for…..well……pestering gardens that consist of ripe produce (fruits and veggies)! It’s said that fruit flies, or drain flies, can survive for a lengthy period of time. But, not if you can help it! Those pesky flies are nothing that can’t be dealt with.

First Step: Get Rid of the Sources!

Your case of fruit flies is more than likely to result from having rotting fruits and veggies around. Dispose of those immediately, and properly, by first placing any rotten fruits or vegetables into a bag and then throwing them into a trash bin outside. Clean up any mess that was left behind. This step also applies to composting. If you happen to save your produce scraps inside a bin of some sort in your home, then be sure to empty it regularly. Take the scraps and put them outside into an other bin. Clean the old compost bin thoroughly.

If you can produce yourself, then ensure that the can or jar is adequately sealed. Wipe off any spills from the can or jar.

fruit fly and drain fly removalRinse. Clean. Repeat

Rinse out any soda cans/bottles, beer cans/bottles, and/or wine bottles and put them into the appropriate recycling bin. Once emptied, inspect it for any spills. Tend to the spill(s) if necessary. Don’t forget to clean those dirty dishes! And we don’t mean hold off on them until the next morning or afternoon. Clean dishes upon using them, as well as utensils.

Discard Old Cleaning Supplies

Throw out any old kitchen rags, dish rags, and mops. These are breeding grounds for drain flies. You can tell if a kitchen rag, dish rag, or a map are overly used and determine when it’s time to get those replaced.

Clear Slow Drains

You can tell if a drain’s running slowly by filling up the sink with water and observing the rate at which water goes down. If you can access the drain yourself, then get a brush or similar tool and scrub the inside of the drain. . If you can plumb the drain(s) yourself, then that’s fine. Placing boiling hot water down the slow drain(s) may help alternatively. There may also be products at Home Depot or your local grocer that helps clear drains. Consider those. If you can’t do this yourself, then contact a plumber or suitable professional to help.

Just Keep Cleaning. Just Keep Cleaning.

Clean your entire kitchen thoroughly. This includes stovetops, inside of microwave(s), sink bowl(s), countertops, kitchen floor, and underneath the refridgerator. Also, clean as you go. Tend to spills and crumbs as you see them, and clean-up after yourself. If you live with others, then inform them of the drain fly/fruit fly infestation and that it’s important they do their part by cleaning up after themselves and following proper procedures to deal with the problem.

In summary, regularly following table hygiene, spotting and dealing with spills and crumbs, quick spot-cleaning, and cleaning the kitchen regularly will take care of those pesky drain flies/fruit flies. This all may seem like a lot of work to you. But, you’d be glad that you’re doing these things in the end.

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How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are arguably one of the top things that commonly annoy many of us, if not all. Besides them being fairly invisible in the dark and sneakishly latching onto your arms and legs, they leave that notorious bite which resembles a lump. Surrounding the lump is redness. And, that lump is accompanied by the urge to scratch it. Furthermore, mosquitoes carry various diseases. On the brighter side of things, mosquitoes are like all pests, in a way where they can be dealt with.

Wear Light and Loose (and long) Clothing

The more skin that you show, the easier you’re making it for mosquitoes to have access to it. You’d also be more likely to attract mosquitoes compared to someone who’s wearing more suitable clothing. Suitable clothing consists of a half-sleeve shirt and pants, not jeans! You may wear a tank top underneath, but not for a stand-alone article of upper torso attire. Don’t forget to apply deodorant and to wear socks. Mosquitoes may decide to land on and bite your feet if you wear footwear with open spaces in them (flip flops, crocs, and so on).

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Repellant is always good to have if you want or feel the need for extra protection against mosquitoes. Before buying repellant, ensure that it’s effective against mosquitoes. Also, If you’re going to use repellant, then be sure to use the product in accordance to the instructions and warning that are on the label. There are more safer alternatives to repellant such as certain soap, tea tree oil, and citronella oil (plant-based insect repellant).

Protect and Pull the Curtains Over Their Eyes

Ensure that the screens which accompany the windows have no openings that are big enough for mosquitoes to pass through. You may also want to consider using mosquito nets in junction with being attentive to holes in the window screens. If you have pets and you enforce the usage of kennels, then cover those with mosquito nets as well.

Don’t Let There Be Light

Like a majority of other flying insects, mosquitoes are attracted to light. Use LED light bulbs or yellow lights for any light fixtures you have inside and outside of your home to put this category of concerns to rest.

To further rid your life (and home) of mosquitoes, dump any “standing water” on the borders of your yard, or outside grass areas if possible. In speaking of grass, tend to it regularly. Mowing your yard normally will leave mosquitoes with one less option to choose as sanctuary and breed.

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How To Get Rid Of Earwigs

How To Get Rid Of Earwigs

A house, apartment, or condo may serve as a form of solitude. Once you enter your home, you feel safe, secure, and relaxed. Your mind is at ease at the present moment. Unfortunately, there are things that walk amongst us throughout our daily lives and mostly aim to ruin it. Ants, rats, and roaches are just to name some. They always manage to find a way into your home. Earwigs, especially, manage to invite themselves in. While earwigs mostly feed on plant life, they can also crave for meat. Luckily, there are various ways of getting rid of earwigs.

Shut Down Dark Motels

Earwigs prefer to inhabit dark damp places. Search around the premises of your home for piles of wood, debris, or logs. Dispose of any wood piles, debris, or logs in the process. Also, check inside any empty pots that may be laying around and remove them from the site. Fix any cracks in pathways as soon as possible if there are any.

removing earwigsReplace Dark Motels With Predators

Birds eat just about any insect that’s placed infront of them, just like how spiders eat practically any other creature in the world. You can either purchase a bird or two at a local pet store (don’t forget to buy a birdhouse or cage if necessary) or create an environment that will attract birds. You can do this by having a bird bath in your garden. You may also want to consider setting up a feeding station to further guarantee the attendance of birds.

Insecticide

If you’re going to choose this method, then do so with caution. There are insecticides available on the market today that are long-lasting with just one spray. However, it’s vital that you use this kind of product in accordance to the directions that are printed on the label. A better alternative is, perhaps, boric acid. Boric acid is also an insecticide and is considered to be safer to use in households.

Remember that earwigs prefer dark and damp places, so ensure that your house is also clutter-free in addition to the outside. Clean your house once every week or two. This includes vacuuming and wiping down windows and countertops. If you notice an opening in the screen of a window, then have it fixed as soon as possible.

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How To Get Rid Of Rats

How To Get Rid Of Rats

The world is saturated with pests. You have termites threatening furniture, grasshoppers and crickets damaging crop fields, bed bugs irritating you while in sleep mode, and ants and roaches scavenging for food in your home. These are only to name some. This pest in particular made a name for itself in New York, due to its exceptional and intimidating size. It’s so distinguished from other types of rat that it was dubbed “the New York rat.” This kind of rat remains to don this nickname to this day, as they can  still be spotted in New York City. Unfortunately, rats can be anywhere, especially in your home. But, when there’s a pest, there’s a way to be rid of them. In fact, there are usually numerous ways to take care of a pest problem.

Rat Trap

The most common form of rat control. While rat traps may still be effective today, their effectiveness can be heightened. Set the cheese aside and experiment with peanut butter. A majority of pests are fond of foods that smell rat-trapand/or taste sweet. Accompany the rat trap with a thread or thready material such as dental floss. Rats are actually quick enough to escape the rat trap’s grasp. The thread or dental floss will hold them long enough to be caught.

Rat Poison

There’s a nice variety of “rat killers” available to you at your local Home Depot or Walmart. Be sure to read the included directions of use. To be safe, don’t allow children and pets to come in contact with the rat poison, even if the product claims to be safe.

Seal Them Off

Any sized hole in walls or floors would suffice for rats to crawl through. Rats are capable of chewing their way through even the smallest of holes. Scan every wall in your home for holes or cracks. This includes bathrooms and behind the refrigerator. Seal the hole with wire containing a defense mechanism (spikes) and carefully surround it with sealant.

One important thing to keep in mind is clean up thoroughly after eating. Any trace of food will attract rats. And of course, take out the garbage 1-2 x daily or as needed. These are general rules of thumb for dealing with any kind of pest.

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