How do you get rid of mice in the walls and what is the best mouse trap bait?
Getting rid of mice in the walls of your home can be tricky. Most homeowners immediately think of rodent poison as the best option. The major disadvantage of poison for mice and other rodents is that they can consume the bait and die in your walls. The odor of a decaying rat or mouse in your house is not what you want to deal with. Another, more serious problem, is the risk that the bait is consumed by pets or even humans.
Before choosing rat or mouse poison, first try trapping mice with either glue boards or traps designed specifically for mice. For more information on getting rid of mice in your home, check out Synergy² Pest Page for mice & rats:
How do you get rid of ants in the house?
Ants in the home can be difficult to get rid of. There are 4 common types of ants that invade homes: Argentine ants, Pharoah ants, odorous house ants, and little black ants. Often homeowners will refer to all of these as sugar ants. There are three steps to eliminating ants in your house:
1.Determine the correct species of ant. This will help you understand what food source is attracting them.
2.Identify the food source that is attracting the ants and remove it
3.Follow the ant trail on the inside of your home to the outside to find the nest
Granular or gel ant baits can be very effective in getting rid of ants. Spraying insecticides may temporarily help reduce the ant infestation. For more information on getting rid of ants, check out Synergy² pest page for ants here:
What are silverfish and do they bite?
To get rid of silverfish, first find their source of moisture and food. Bathrooms with leaky pipes are common areas to find silverfish. Silverfish feed on starchy items such as paper, adhesives, book bindings, and carpet. Pyrethroid sprays will kill silverfish; however, the permanent solution is removing the source of moisture.
How to get rid of gnats, including fungus gnats?
There are thousands of different gnats, including the most common fruit flies and fungus gnats. For both of these, look for areas of organic matter and moisture. Fungus gnats love to breed in the soil of potted plants. Fruit flies breed in rotting organic matter and/or organic matter in drains.
To get rid of fungus gnats or fruit flies, first remove the organic matter source of the infestation. Next, a liquid insecticide spray with an insect growth regulator will disrupt the gnats and fruit flies’ ability to breed. For more information on getting rid of gnats, check out Synergy² pest page for fly and gnat control here:
What is an earwig and do earwigs bite?
Earwigs are intimidating looking insects with large pinchers on the rear of their body. Earwigs do not bite but they do use their pinchers in self-defense. If you discover earwigs inside your home, it is essential to find the areas of moisture outside of your home where they are living. Insecticide sprays will help but eliminating the source of moisture is the key to getting rid of earwigs.
What is the best fruit fly trap to get rid of fruit flies?
Fruit fly traps can help you temporarily reduce the fruit fly infestation in your home but will not permanently solve the problem. To completely eliminate fruit flies, you need to find the source of the infestation and their breeding grounds. Usually this is some type of organic matter, such as in drains, garbage cans, or rotting fruit or vegetables.
To help manage fruit flies while you are looking for the source of infestation, a fruit fly trap can be made with a jar and apple cider vinegar. If you prefer to purchase a trap, Terro fruit fly traps are available on Amazon or at your local big box store.
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