Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.
If you dread heading to your vacation home because it's become overrun with pests, then relax. There are simple, easy ways to get rid of these little bothersome creatures and free up your house so that you can enjoy it. Some of them are things you can do yourself, while others you will need help with and are best advised to call in a professional pest control service. Here's a breakdown on some common pests and how to handle them.
It can be a real hassle if a wasp builds a nest right outside your front door. You and your guests will be tense every time you leave or enter your place. But what you don't want to do is simply swat down the nest. That will get you stung. Instead, get a can of wasp spray from the home improvement store and soak the nest. Spray it from a safe distance, not right underneath the opening because the wasps will fly out and might get you. After it's been soaked through, you can knock it down a few days later when you're sure all the wasps are dead or gone.
If raccoons are climbing up onto your porch and tearing apart your trash, then get sealable containers and also consider a dedicated "trash box" for outside of your home. These are large boxes that you place the garbage containers inside of. They then lock so the raccoons can't get inside. They look like large trunks. You can get them made out of hard plastic or pressure treated wood. Whatever you do, move the trash off of your porch. You might also like to use scented garbage bags that will help mask the smell of the trash.
Ants who come roaming into your kitchen are an annoyance. You don't want to walk into the kitchen and see an army of black ants on your kitchen table looking for food. The solution is to get borax, sugar, water, and some cotton balls. Make a mixture of sugar water and borax and then soak the cotton balls in the mixture. Then place these cotton balls near where the ants enter into the house. They will ingest the mixture and die. Make sure that if you have small pets, the cotton balls can't be reached by your cat or dog. So, try and stash the cotton balls behind furniture, tables, sinks, or somewhere else that is too tight for a cat or dog but accessible to an ant.
If there is sawdust around your house, or underneath your porch, then you might be dealing with termites. This is not something to try and solve yourself. Termites are a serious issue and they can completely tear up the place if they are left to run wild. You need a professional pest control service like Albemarle Termite & Pest Control to come in and poison the termites. This will require drilling holes into the earth and saturating the ground with a toxin.Share