How to Get Rid Of and Prevent Household Pests and Home Infestations
Information, facts and resources to help you deal with an infestation of household pests and, if the worst happens, how to destroy them and prevent the household pests return.
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Common household pests include ants, bed bugs, carpet beetles, book lice, flies, fleas, cockroaches, mice, rats, slugs and snails, rats, pigeons and spiders - the list seems almost endless.
Don't despair! - the common household pests you are likely to encounter in your home can all be controlled, destroyed and their return can be prevented to your household. Check out the extermine information pages and learn how to control and eradicate pests easily and in an environmentally friendly way.
Common household pests enter our home for shelter and food, and also to nest and breed. Once you know this you can make your home less pleasant for household pests and more pleasant for you.
Often, just keeping your home clean and dry can deter many household pests. Damp and dirty conditions are an attractive breeding ground for many household pests - practice good hygeine at all times and avoid most pests indoors.
Common household pests can cause damage to our homes especially clothes pests, wood destroying pests and gnawing rodents. How disappointing it is to find a valued item of clothing or a loved book has been destroyed by clothes moths or booworms.
Household pests can also be a threat to the health and safety of our families by spreading bacteria, disease or allergens in our homes - don't tolerate household peats under any circumstances! Zero tolerance of roaches, mice, fleas and bed bugs MUST be practiced - get rid of these common household pests now!
Household pests can be irritating, annoying and a danger to you and your family's health and safety because they bite or sting, damage and spoil food and are unpleasant and can spread disease.
Some household pests are nothing but a nuisance and may be unsightly or otherwise unwelcome without harming your health.
In all cases, household pests should not be tolerated. Prevention is better than (and easier and less expensive) than cure.
The most common household pests include ants, booklice, carpet beetles, clothes moths, cockroaches, fleas, flies, mice, rats, spiders, silverfish, slugs, weevils, woodworm and wasps.
The Extermine website has great solutions, green ideas, and plenty of tips and tricks to help you deal with those unwanted household pests that visit your home. Extermine will help you prevent the household pests unwelcome return.
Prevention, of course, is just as important as cure, and on the Extermine website you will also find ideas and recommendations to prevent these household pests in the first place.
On every pest page at Extermine website you will also find an environmentally friendly or "green" solution, which offers a natural approach to pest control without the use of dangerous chemicals and environmentally-unfriendly pesticides and insecticides.
For example many pests and insects can be trapped and killed by mixing a poison that is not toxic to humans (but is to pests) with a food that the insects will find attractive.
Oatmeal for instance is attractive to many insects and when mixed with Plaster-of-Paris makes an effective poisonous insect bait that is not harmful to humans.
Cocoa powder, flour and borax mixed together is a similarly effective insect bait.
Old-fashioned sticky flypaper is also an effective trap, especially once a few flies have been caught on the paper - why not make your own green pest-eradication solution by smearing sticky jam, molasses or honey on paper and disposing of it when it catches some flies?
Sealing cracks and crevices and holes in your home can be a simple and effective preventative measure against many unwelcome household pests.
Use a good quality silicon sealant around doors and windows and also where service pipes and cables enter your home. This can prevent crawling and creeping insects from entering.
Manage your waste and rubbish around your household by ensuring tight lids to bins and rubbish containers. This can prevent access to food sources by household pests that scavenge in bins for food.
Keep storage rooms clear and tidy - easier said than done, I know! - old clothes, carpets and rugs, newspapers and books can provide breeding and feeding sites for many household pests.
Take measures to deal with damp. Cockroaches, silverfish, slugs, snails and spiders are attracted to moisture and an easy preventative measure for these common household pest is to remove the moisture source.
An environmentally friendly method of dealing with the common household fly is to use sticky traps or old-fashioned fly papers. These are available from DIY and hardware stores and are very effective at trapping flies.
Another simple and environmentally friendly way of destroying household pests that infest food stores or clothes and fabrics is to utilize the household freezer. Clothes and food can be sealed inside plastic bags and place in the freezer for a minimum of 72 hours (3 days). The below zero temperature of the freezer kills all stages of the household pests withoud harming the food or the clothes.
The vacuum cleaner is another environmentally friendly and powerful tool in the fight against household pests. Use it to vacuum up insects and the food sources and debris that pests feed on. Vacuuming is an effective control against spiders in the home.
Don't forget that an airtight container or plastic bag is an effective barrier to pests an insects whether it is for food storage in the larder or for clothes storqage in the closet.
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