Before taking action of any kind, be sure to identify your pest and learn about it. A quick online search into the origins of your pest and how it can be eliminated can simplify your battle against the pest. You can then decide whether you want to handle the problem yourself or if a professional is needed.

Avoid furniture from unknown sources. Furniture, especially upholstered furniture, can harbor pests. To keep them out of your home, avoid furniture from resale shops, trading websites, or the side of the road. If you bring an infested piece of furniture into your home, it can spread to all of your own furniture as well.

When purchasing treatments for fleas, make sure whatever it is you buy doesn’t just kill off adult fleas, but also kill their eggs. Unless you kill all the bugs from the entire life cycle, you’ll find they just keep reappearing time and time again, frustrating and annoying you into the future.

If you are having a problem with rodents, you need to do a few things to eliminate the areas where they can be problems. If you have any fruit trees near your home, cut them down. Rats love fruit. If your garbage cans do not have tight fitting sealed lids, buy new ones that the rats cannot get inside and feed.

If you have a lot of trees or bushes around your home, prune them. This is a good way to prevent insects and animals from moving closer to your home, as they will not be able to transport themselves. Try to prune your trees at least once every few months or when they are getting too large.

Remove dead trees and shrubbery. If you let these dead plants just sit around, you are begging for pests to hang out around your home. Instead, be proactive and remove them the minute you can. If it’s not a full tree, but simply a few branches, cut them off immediately.

You can prevent most pest infestations by keeping your home clean. Do not leave any food scrapes on your table or in the kitchen sink and make sure you tightly seal garbage bags. Get rid of your garbage on a regular basis and do not hesitate to store garbage bags in your garage until you can get rid of them.

Stink bugs are persistent pests, so focus on your outdoor area to help eradicate the problem. Keep your bushes trimmed and make sure that firewood is stored well away from your home. Thirty feet from the dwelling is appropriate, if you have the space. In addition, the firewood needs to be kept just off the ground (about six inches).

Although poison should not be used except as a last resort, sometimes there is no other way to control a rodent infestation. Make sure there is no opportunity for a pet cat or dog to find and possibly eat part of the poisoned rodent because the poison may kill the pet.

When you are doing landscaping on your home you want to plant any bushes or plants at least a foot away from your home. You will experience less issues with spiders and ants getting into your house this way. They will not be attracted to your home if they are further away.

Make sure that your house is sealed at all times so that the bugs from the outside cannot get in. You can place a rubber barrier under your doormat, which is a common entryway of bugs from the outside. This will help to seal your house so that bugs cannot come in and disrupt you.

If you see that there is a sudden infestation of bugs in and around your home, look around for trash that may have been left out. Bugs, insects and animals will run to this, as cleaning this mess up can get rid of your issue effectively, saving you time and money.

One all natural pest control that not many people know of is tobacco. Make a tobacco spray to spray on your plants by placing one cup of tobacco in a gallon of water. Let the mixture steep for 24 hours and then spray on the leaves of your plants. Avoid spraying this mixture on tomatoes to protect your family.

Mildew and mold are the favorite foods of the fungus beetle, so their appearance in your home is a bad sign. You need to find out what they’re eating and how it’s appearing in your home, such as if there is a leak or broken pipe, which will then need to be fixed.

Try a do-it-yourself spray. If you can’t afford to have a professional service come out to spray your home for pest prevention, try any of the number of pest control sprays available at local hardware and box stores. Most come in easy-to-use bottles with trigger spray nozzles that allow you to spray around the foundation and windows of your home, both inside and out.

Now you should see just how easily you can reclaim your home from those pests. It is not going to cost you nearly what it would to pay someone to come out and set a few traps. Set your own traps and capture your own pests without paying for it for the next month.

Lacy Dunnagan specializes in bird scaring