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DIY: Pest Control Solutions To Bridge The Gap

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Many residents would like to know what types of DIY methods they can use between visits from a pest control professional, to help keep insects and rodents away. This is especially important if there are children, elderly persons or pets living in the home. The following pest control methods will bridge the gap between visits from your exterminator to keep your home free of unwanted guests, no matter what season of the year.


Mice are a problem in any home; homes located in rural areas or near fields and wooded land are particularly attractive to these tiny and annoying rodents. Not everyone is open to having a cat or two on hand to make mice disappear, so the best method to keep mice out is to close off any openings that allow mice to enter the home. The safest way to do this is to use steel wool to fill up holes and empty spaces that allow mice access to the structure. Homeowners should also pay special attention to the areas where utility lines enter the home from the outside; these holes can offer just enough room to allow a mouse to have access to the home. Holes and openings should be packed tightly with steel wool, as mice can enter through the tiniest spaces imaginable.


The best spider repellent is a mixture of pure peppermint oil with water. Experts recommend a mixture of a few drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle of water. This mixture should be sprayed around doors, windows and the foundation of the home to keep spiders from coming inside. Garlic and spearmint may also be used in the same manner to keep spiders out. Garlic is perhaps the easiest to use, as most people have garlic on hand in the kitchen.


Roaches can be the most resilient of all pests, and it can be very difficult to get rid of them. The best way to control a roach infestation is to prevent it from happening in the first place. It is important to keep your apartment home very clean and clean all surfaces with bleach or white vinegar. Ensure that all food items are stored in your refrigerator, or in air-tight, sealed plastic containers. All cardboard and paper should be removed from your home if possible, as roaches are attracted to these surfaces. Use plastic tubs with lids to store belongings, as these containers provide a better seal to keep bugs out. 

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