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Roach Repellent – 5 Ways To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home

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Repelling cockroaches is one portion of an integrated pest management solution for ridding your home of cockroach infestations. If the roaches do not like the environment of your home, they are less likely to enter and nest in the first place. If you can find roach repellents that do not also repel all the humans you know – even better.

The following 5 roach repellents might just do the trick to make your home the last place a roach wants to live:

Pepper Spray – Roaches do not like red pepper. So, if you spray surfaces in your kitchen and bath with a solution containing red pepper, the will avoid those surfaces. An easy recipe to whip up a batch of spray is to mix 2 tablespoons of Tobasco Sauce (the primary ingredients are red pepper and vinegar) with 1 quart of water. Pour it into a pump spray bottle and mist it onto surfaces. A word of caution, you will be misting pepper spray into the air. Until the mist settles, you are likely to sneeze more than a few times. Consider wearing a mask when you apply the spray.

Moth Balls – Roaches, like moths, do not like the smell of moth balls. One common remedy is to drop a couple moth balls behind the stove to keep the bugs from hanging out back there. One or two in the cabinet under the sink can be helpful as well. Moth balls are not good for humans, so do not place them near food or food prep areas.

Cedar Products – The oils in cedar wood are an effective natural deterrent for a host of bugs. There are many products available to take advantage of this fact. Look for thin cedar veneers that can be used to line drawers and cabinets, cedar balls, blocks, chips, etc to place in drawers and closets, and (of course) cedar boards and paneling to line closet walls for the ultimate protection.

Mint Oil – Mint oil is a primary ingredient in several non-toxic roach sprays. The roaches avoid it, and when coated with it, they suffocate. The sprays do not kill as fast as typical poisons, but they are safe to use in the kitchen and around pets and children. It is possible to create a spray, like the pepper spray, by diluting some Dr. Brauner's Peppermint Castile Soap in water and then applying with a spray bottle. I have not tried it, but you might be able to create your own roach spray this way if the soap concentration is high enough.

Bay Leaves – Bay leaves are another sent that roaches avoid. You can pick up a bunch of dry bay leaves in the spice section of any grocery. Place whole leaves or small sachets of crushed leaves in closets and cabinets. This is a good option for kitchen cupboards.

With the exception of moth balls, there are no hazardous chemicals in any of these roach repellents. Give them a try, in combination with baiting, sealing, and applications of diatomaceous earth and boric acid to eliminate roaches from your home.

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Source by Robert S. Tennerman

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Hearing Noises in Your Attic at Night? You May Have Wild Animals in Your Attic!

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Have you been hearing strange noises in your house at night? Are you concerned that something is living inside your attic? This can be a scary and concerning experience for homeowners, especially when you don’t know what the noise is or where it’s coming from. If you have been hearing strange noises, especially at night, these are signs of a wildlife or rodent infestation.

Wild animals such a squirrels, raccoons, possums, rodents and even bats can move into your home’s attic or crawl space. While you are terrified in your bed, trying to get your rest; these animals are throwing a party in your attic! They quickly make your home theirs; they will nest, mate, have babies, poop, pee, eat and then go to sleep peacefully. All while your pulling your hair out trying to figure out what to do.

The types of noises you may be hearing can range from chewing vibrations, hard thumping, scratching or even worse; moans, cries and growling. Bats do not make as much noise, however you may hear very light, yet high pitched squeaking noises. If you’re hearing these type of noises and you believe that you have a wildlife infestation here are some tips to help you out, so you know exactly what you need to do from here.

First things first, you need to inspect your entire property and look for any entry points. This includes the roof top, soffit breaks, attic vents and even under the home. If there are animals nesting in your attic, they got in there somehow, someway. With larger animals these spots will be easy to point out and you will clearly see the damage where they were entering and exiting. However, with smaller animals such as rats and bats, it may be more difficult to locate these entry points. You will need to look for any and all holes that are larger than a quarter. Also with rats and bats you will see black marks around any entry points. Once you have located entry points, you will need to make the necessary repairs. Every home owner’s situation will be different; repairs can range from simply patching a hole, all the way to replacing an entire roof!

After fixing any damage or access points, now is when you will need to trap and remove the animals. You can purchase live traps for larger animals and you can purchase rat traps for the rats. However, when it comes to bats, it is highly suggested that you hire a licensed professional wildlife trapper to remove the bats, as there are strict laws and regulations in place to protect this important species. If you remove the bats incorrectly or at the wrong time of year, you can be hit with heavy fines. So, when it comes to bats please make sure to hire a professional animal removal company.

As far as the other animals, you can easily remove these animals yourself, if you feel comfortable doing so. Be very careful as wild animals are known to carry rabies and rabies is a deadly disease, with no known cure. If you do not feel comfortable trapping and removing the wildlife, there are plenty of companies that offer wildlife removal services. What these companies will do is provide an inspection. They will locate the damaged areas and entry points for you, find out what type of animal it is, set up the traps and remove the animals for you.

Then the wildlife trapping company will offer an exclusion service, where they will seal off the holes and repair the damage that is allowing the wild animals access to your home. These are all things that you can do yourself, but I always recommend hiring a professional because the company should offer you a warranty. In fact, if they do not offer a warranty do not go with that company, as they are not professionals. Professionals will always stand by their work and offer renewable warranties. Also check for reviews online before hiring a wildlife trapping company.

Once you have controlled the wildlife problem, it’s important to perform some follow up work to prevent the problem from happening again. Here are some tips: trim away all tree and bush branches that are close to your home. Animals can follow the branches on to your roof top. Remove all dog and cat food from outside after the animals are finished eating; as this is one of the biggest culprits to bring wildlife to your home. Another culprit is the bird feeder, as rats and squirrels love the bird seed. If you’ve been hearing things in your attic, I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you luck in getting rid of the wildlife problem. To learn more about dealing with noises in the attic, click for more information about animal removal and wildlife control.

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Source by Kara King

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Tips for Keeping Raccoons Off of Your BBQ "Invite" List

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Our pesky neighbors, raccoons, love summer just as much as we do. We get excited for fresh fruits and veggies, hotdogs on the grill and a juicy hamburger, however, so do they. Long after we’ve cleaned up from the backyard BBQ is when the raccoons start gearing up for theirs. They insist on raiding and picking through our trash, and once they’re done they leave their mess all over the yard. To put a ban on a rodent after party, here are five tips to prevent raccoons from rummaging through your trash can.

1. Keep the trash can inside. Whether your can is in the garage or another enclosed area, a heavy door as the only option for entrance and exit will help with undisturbed trash. Luckily, raccoons can’t reach door knobs!

2. Install a 100 watt motion detecting light. If your trashcan is kept outside, a motion detecting light facing toward the area where your trash can stays, will help scare raccoons and other pests away during the night. The flash of bright light will frighten them from carrying on with their raid.

3. Sprinkle hot pepper or cayenne pepper around the trash can. While some stores do carry raccoon repellants, if you prefer using a more natural method, hot pepper and cayenne pepper will have the same effect. A thin layer of seasoning will let off a strong scent that raccoons will shy away from.

4. Place a cloth soaked in ammonia at the bottom of the trash can. The scent of ammonia has been found to ward off raccoons, so, keeping the scent around your trash at all times should help with the problem. Another option is to fill a spray bottle with ammonia and spray the perimeter of your yard to keep them from entering altogether.

5. Use a bungee cord to secure the lid to the trash can. If the pests can’t get in, there will be no mess. Using a bungee cord or a rope from one handle on the side of the can, through the handle on the lid, to the handle on the other side of the can should keep the lid in place and unwanted visitors out.

It is also important to remember to always keep trash tied in garbage bags and to keep a lid on the can at all times. Using these tips should help with any unwanted guests arriving to your party after hours and keep them out of the garbage.

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Source by Andrew Z. Smith

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Roach Repellent – 5 Ways To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home

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Repelling cockroaches is one portion of an integrated pest management solution for ridding your home of cockroach infestations. If the roaches don’t like the environment of your home, they are less likely to enter and nest in the first place. If you can find roach repellents that don’t also repel all the humans you know – even better.

The following 5 roach repellents might just do the trick to make your home the last place a roach wants to live:

Pepper Spray – Roaches don’t like red pepper. So, if you spray surfaces in your kitchen and bath with a solution containing red pepper, the will avoid those surfaces. An easy recipe to whip up a batch of spray is to mix 2 tablespoons of Tobasco Sauce (the primary ingredients are red pepper and vinegar) with 1 quart of water. Pour it into a pump spray bottle and mist it onto surfaces. A word of caution, you will be misting pepper spray into the air. Until the mist settles, you are likely to sneeze more than a few times. Consider wearing a mask when you apply the spray.

Moth Balls – Roaches, like moths, don’t like the smell of moth balls. One common remedy is to drop a couple moth balls behind the stove to keep the bugs from hanging out back there. One or two in the cabinet under the sink can be helpful as well. Moth balls are not good for humans, so don’t place them near food or food prep areas.

Cedar Products – The oils in cedar wood are an effective natural deterrent for a host of bugs. There are many products available to take advantage of this fact. Look for thin cedar veneers that can be used to line drawers and cabinets, cedar balls, blocks, chips, etc to place in drawers and closets, and (of course) cedar boards and paneling to line closet walls for the ultimate protection.

Mint Oil – Mint oil is a primary ingredient in several non-toxic roach sprays. The roaches avoid it, and when coated with it, they suffocate. The sprays don’t kill as fast as typical poisons, but they are safe to use in the kitchen and around pets and children. It is possible to create a spray, like the pepper spray, by diluting some Dr. Brauner’s Peppermint Castile Soap in water and then applying with a spray bottle. I haven’t tried it, but you might be able to create your own roach spray this way if the soap concentration is high enough.

Bay Leaves – Bay leaves are another sent that roaches avoid. You can pick up a bunch of dry bay leaves in the spice section of any grocery. Place whole leaves or small sachets of crushed leaves in closets and cabinets. This is a good option for kitchen cupboards.

With the exception of moth balls, there are no hazardous chemicals in any of these roach repellents. Give them a try, in combination with baiting, sealing, and applications of diatomaceous earth and boric acid to eliminate roaches from your home.

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Source by Robert S. Tennerman

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How Do Roaches Get In Your Home

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Are you embarrassed that you have roaches? You don’t want anyone to know because they will think you’re an unclean person. If this fits you, you have come to the right place. It’s not your fault that roaches are in your home. They can come from a number of sources you have virtually no control over.

Grocery Stores

Roaches love to eat food. Product is shipped from all over the world to grocery stores. It only takes one supplier to infest a lot of other suppliers. The most popular way people bring roaches home is in a paper grocery bag. Why? Roaches like paper. They can also be found in other paper products at the grocery store like beer and soda cases.

Laundry

A lot of apartment dwellers go to Laundromats. And, apartments are known for having roach problems. When you go to the Laundromat, a roach might just tag along in your laundry. Maybe he/she is looking for a cleaner home to pursue. Be careful when going to the Laundromat.

Used Appliances

First of all, don’t buy a used appliance unless you really have to or you know it’s from a clean home. Roaches love appliances. They make their home in microwaves, ovens, fridges, and even washers and dryers. Don’t try to save a few dollars. Don’t ever take a used appliance from an apartment complex. You are just asking for some roach trouble.

Shipping Materials

Roaches love wood and paper and these are very common shipping materials. If a warehouse is infested you can be sure some of the critters will make it to your place of business. That’s why it’s important to always put out some boric acid bait paste. For one reason, if some roaches show up they won’t survive long enough to infest the premises.

Neighbors

If you are in dwellings attached to your neighbors homes, if one person brings them in they can easily spread without detection for some time. To keep them out of your home, keep water and food sources sealed. The roaches will tend to make their nest where there is the most water and food. If you want to get rid of all the roaches, you will need to treat your neighbors homes as well.

Outdoors

Hot humid areas have a larger concentration of roaches living outdoors. In some cases, they can come in from your yard. Some people use a boric acid bait mixed with fertilizer to eliminate the outdoor roaches.

Solution

Fortunately there is a low cost effective solution. It is called boric acid roach bait. We call if MRF 2000. It is effective against roaches for up to one year and easy to apply.

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Source by Kristy Snow

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