Whether it's insects or rodents, pests are a pain! At VPC as part of our ongoing mission to help you get your household pest free - we've put together the following short  "Silver Bullet" guide to help you deal with the most common problems!

When it comes to eliminating pests alcohol is surprisingly very effective. For example if you’ve got slugs and snails strolling across your gardens, you can ward them off by pouring beer into the soil.

 When it comes to the inside of your home, houseflies are a common problem and can spread if not dealt with quickly. Although we recommend ultrasonic pest repellents, which can be very effective, there are also old-fashioned methods, which are still capable of getting the job done. Sticky tape and fly swatters can be useful and environmentally friendly, as they do not contain any chemicals.

 Hairspray can also be used to kill flying insects. Hairspray doesn't harm you or any pets you have, but it kills the insects. The pests will become sticky with the hairspray and won't be able to get to water or food. This is also great to deal with bees, hornets and other airborne pests.

If you are using chemical pesticides it is important you follow all safety precautions before applying them in your home to protect the health of your family and pets.

 If you have been unable to make progress against a pest infestation, it might be because you are applying pesticide improperly. If you only spray your garden, the bugs will often begin hiding inside your home. This means you need to use pesticide outside and inside your home simultaneously.

 When it comes to the inside of your homes, ants are renowned pests who can prove very stubborn. However there are simple solutions, use a mix of borax and sugar to eradicate them. Sugar attracts them while the borax kills them. Get a jar, and mix borax and sugar in equal quantities. Put holes in your lid, and then sprinkle it along your home's foundation.

 Diatomacious Earth also does an excellent job on all kinds of insects, cockroaches especially. Sprinkle it where you have seen insects, behind your furniture and inside your cupboards. The small particle kills insects in a couple of days because it eats through their exoskeletons. You might see a temporary population surge before they start to die.

One of the key reasons for pest infestation are crevices and cracks. One of the best ways to defend you home is to seal any cracks or crevices off immediately as pests use these to enter and exit your home at will. It is best to identify and seal off these entrances before attempting to use pesticides or other forms of pest control.

 Your recycling is often a source of attraction for pests. Any recycled materials should be kept outside of the house. If this is not doable, then rinse everything you put in your inside bin. When getting rid of your garbage, use sealed recycling containers to ward off pests.

 Keeping a clean space is critical to keeping your house rodent and pest free. When you get rid of clutter, you get rid of pests. Rodents thrive in cluttered areas which provide them with shelter and protection – if you keep a clean, clear space they’ll be nowhere for them to hide!!

 Extinguishing pest infestations is not always easy, but you should be prepared to do that now. This will take some effort from your end, of course. Take the techniques you've learned here and get started cleaning up as soon as possible.

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