How To Treat Your Home For Pests And Insects Without Calling Your Local Pest Control Company
Insects and Pests - Outside
If you are into doing things yourself than this is for you. Some people just do not want to do things themselves or do not have the time. It is a busy world, but if you want to treat for pests on your own, I've got you covered.
First of all, most insects and other pests come from the outside. What we have to do is eliminate as many as we can on the outside first and then we will kill the ones on the inside.
A trip to the local hardware store is the first place to start. Most hardware stores will carry a wide array of insecticides for all different kinds of insects and other pests. You can ask for help but make sure they know what they are talking about.
Read The Label
No matter what they tell you in the hardware store, always "read the label". The label is going to tell you exactly how to mix and what type of insects it will kill. The label also tells you whether to use the product inside or outside. Some insecticides are for use outside only. If it says outside only, do not use inside. That is why it is important to "read the label".
After you have picked your product, go home and "read that label" again. Mix it exactly how it says on the product label. You will need one of those pump-up sprayers to mix the product. After it is all mixed properly, you are ready to go. Pump up the sprayer and spray completely around the outside of your foundation. Spray up the foundation wall about 1 foot or so and out from the foundation about 2 feet.
Next go completely around you home again and spray around all windows and doors and all cracks and crevices. If you have a brick home, spray inside all weep holes. These are the small holes left in the brick every couple of feet or so in order for your home to breathe. You can also use an insecticide dust in these weep holes. If you can reach them, spray around all eves.
For ant mounds in your yard, either soak the mound thoroughly with an insecticide or use one of those commercial baits. It is hard to eliminate entirely any ant mounds in your yard but you can certainly cut down on them. There is a product called Over n Out® that works well on getting rid of ants in the yard.
This basically concludes the outside treatment. That was easy, was it not. I would recommend doing this at least once a month at least in the spring and summer months. You would be surprised at how much this can cut down on insect problems.
One word of caution on outside baits, especially rodent baits. Putting rodent baits on the outside is just asking for trouble. Remember, there are dogs and cats and other types of critters around, if you have to use rodent baits outside, make sure they are in a closed and sealed container only a rat or mouse can enter. You don't want to be responsible for a small child or killing your neighbor's dog, do you? Also, rodent baits outside could just draw more rats to your home.
Traps work pretty well for mice and rats. Mice are real curious creatures and will usually take the trap. Rats on the other hand are not that curious and if there is something new in their areas, will normally stay away from it for a few days before trying it. Peanut butter is a very good bait to put on a mouse or rat trap. If you are using the poison type pellets for rodents in your attic, beware, the rodent could die in your attic or inside a wall and stink you house up.
Insects and Pests - Inside
I would recommend not using any sprays on the inside. If you must, make sure your read the label and it is labeled for inside use.
The best way to treat the inside without spraying is by way of your electrical switch plates. Using boric acid dust or some sort of insecticide dust and an applicator, take each plate cover off, that includes light switch plate covers and electrical outlet covers. Apply one puff of insecticide dust or boric acid dust inside each wall void at each outlet. Do not apply it inside the electrical box itself. With a small screwdriver, punch a small hole at the bottom of the box so it does not show when the cover is replaced. Believe it or not, lots of insects may be able to get inside your walls. Insects like cockroaches, crickets and spiders. This application will kill them before they can find their way out of the wall. A good tool to use for this is a CentroBulb Duster with 12 inch Extension .
Now, that is done. You might want to apply a small puff down each window track on every window in your home. Small insects such as spiders, and ants can come through these areas.
If you live in a home with a crawl space underneath, this dust can also be used in the crawl space. The crawl space is where you might find the large cockroaches, sometimes called "water bugs".
Spiders hanging from light fixtures indicates that they could be in the attic. Some insecticide dust in the attic is recommended. Make sure you wear some type of mask so not to inhale the dust. If you air-conditioning system is located in the attic make sure you turn it off before treating the attic, at least until the dust settles. This is to prevent it from being sucked into the system and spreading throughout your home.
Now lets say you are having a problem with small "German cockroaches" in your home, especially in your kitchen. Combat puts outa roach gel bait. In comes in a tube or syringe. This is great stuff. Just apply it in your cabinets. Use tiny dots about the size of a bb and no larger than a pea. For a more comprehensive report on treating for German cockroaches and other types of cockroaches Cockroach Be Gone. It's a complete guide to rid your home of cockroaches.
Do not try to use the bait like caulk. Apply these dots in the corners of your cabinets. Top cabinets and bottom cabinets. Pull out the top drawer and place some in the corners in the very back of your cabinets. If you have a very large infestation place these dots about 8 inches apart but no more than 12 inches apart. Read the label and it will tell you how to apply.
If carpenter ants are inside your home, leaving sawdust shavings, you might have to drill a few holes somewhere in the location of the shavings. Look to see where you think they may be falling. Drill several holes, just large enough to apply some insecticide dust inside the wall or window casing. Now wait and see if any ants run out.
If you are only having a problem on the inside with an occasional pest, you may want to keep a can of Raid®™ or other insect spray. These work well for quick kill. Make sure you do not spray anything around the baits. This contaminates the baits and makes them ineffective.
Now you are having a problem with those little weevils in your kitchen pantry. Most likely you picked these up at the grocery store. What you are most likely to find in your pantry are weevils, flour beetles and Indian meal moths. Check dry dog food, flour, cereals, rice and other foods. This is where you will usually find these little critters. The best way to rid yourself of these is to find where they are coming from and throw it away. Wrap it in sealed plastic bags and get rid of it. Old rat or mouse bait will also cause tiny beetles to appear in your home. If you are unable to find the source, check old rat and mouse baits.
If for some reason you are unable to rid your home of any of these pests, calling a professional might be your only choice.
This should help you eliminate most of the pests in and around your home. Now you are ready to treat your own home and save money.