Your home is your castle, and you certainly don’t want pests to disturb your peace. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that at the very least, you have a working knowledge of what creepy critters are most likely to bother you, and what you can do about them.
Five types of pests in particular that a lot of people run into issues with include moths, ants, bees, flies, and everyone’s favorite – rats or mice. You can’t always preclude the likelihood of these invaders coming to roost inside your doorstep, but you can do some things to alleviate them as a stress source in a reasonable manner.
If you’re trying to get rid of moths, you have a few variations on a theme to work with. Seal your doors and windows and repair any screens that you may have, and then get rid of whatever may be attracting them. Different kinds of moths have different siren songs, so spend some time researching exactly what type of moth infestation you have, and then work backward from there. Often, the solution will be a multipart treatment, as there are several stages of the moth life cycle that you have to deal with simultaneously.
There’s nothing more irritating than seeing a line of ants coming to take your cat’s or dog’s food out of your house and back to their little ant nest. You can hardly blame them for doing what naturally comes, but at the same time, you really don’t want the suckers marching through your home. So, once you see them, make getting rid of ants a priority. There are lots of over-the-counter solutions to this very common problem, and many of them work easily and safely.
Even if you aren’t necessarily allergic to them, having bees wandering around in your home is at the very least a distraction. If you want to try something simple, make a DIY wasp catcher and hang it outside your home. It’s a negligible cost, and may perform the exact function that you want, without having to use poison or more extreme techniques.
Another constant irritation that can swarm around your home are regular house flies. Your best bet, in this case, is to get rid of any food or water that they might be attracted to, invest in a good fly swatter, and clean all of your carpets and furniture thoroughly.
Problems with rats and mice can really devastate the peace of your home life. Not only can they cause huge amounts of damage (like chewing through wires for example), but they also creep everyone out, and the stigma of them carrying diseases is always enough to people anyone in the house on edge.