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Pests are present in every home. They’re in the air, carpet, counter or cupboard.
Every home shares its resources with these small, often unseen trespassers.
Pesticides are available for most common household insect invaders, but the strong chemical compounds may be more harmful to you, children, pets and the environment than the insects!
The best way to control pests is to not invite them in your home in the first place.
Most insects are attracted to food and water. Keeping the kitchen clean, taking out the trash on a regular basis and storing food and beverages in tight containers will dissuade most bugs and other pests.
Eliminating water sources also goes a long way towards resolving your pest problem, as well as sealing off their entry point.
Explore the natural, safe ways to get household insect pests under control.
Keep your counters clean and free of crumbs and sticky areas. Keep sugar and honey jars covered tightly. Wiping down surfaces makes a big difference in keeping invaders out!
Trace the ant column back to its point of entry. Any of the following items can be set in a small line at the entry area that will keep ants from crossing: coffee grounds, cinnamon, lemon rinds, cayenne pepper and citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string).
Leave a small night light on for several nights in the area where you see the most ant activity. The change in light may disturb and discourage foraging patterns.
If ants are attracted to your pets’ food bowls, thoroughly clean the floor with hot, soapy water to remove the ants’ trail. Keep them from attacking the food dishes again by placing the bowls into a shallow pan of soapy water.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a talc-like powder composed of the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When it’s sprinkled on an insect, the powder absorbs lipids from the waxy layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate.
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They take it ‘home’ to eat, can’t digest it and expire as a result. This may take about a week.
Mosquitoes are active in the early morning and early evening. They search for areas of still air because they are hindered by breezes. Close windows and doors on the side of your house which are opposite the breeze.
One of the most important steps you can take is to remove standing water sources. Change birdbaths, wading pools and pet’s water bowls at least twice per week. Eliminate yard items that collect water. Keep the house gutters clean and draining freely.
Toss a bit of sage and rosemary on the coals to deter those blood suckers!
Garlic is an efficient natural bug repellent:
Build a bat house! Some bat species can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes an hour. These beneficial bug munchers can be attracted by setting up a bat house in your yard.
Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil extracted from India’s Neem tree. The leaves, seeds and seed oil of the tree contain sallanin, a compound which is efficient in deterring mosquitoes. Neem oil is a natural product and safe to use. Add a few drops of oil to lotion and apply the mixture to your body.
Consider planting some catnip (Nepeta cataria) in your garden. Not only does it deter mosquitoes, but you’ll get gorgeous flowers, too! Other mosquito-repelling plants include rosemary, marigolds, citronella and lemon balm.
Use an essential oil and something to mix it with like olive oil, vodka, or witch hazel. For best results, combine a few essential oils like lemon eucalyptus, citronella, cinnamon, cedar wood and juniper.
To avoid those annoying mosquito bites, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, a hat or scarf. Use window and door screens and put mosquito netting over strollers.
Drink a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar and eat lots of garlic. A daily dose of Vitamin B1 is also supposed to repel those blood-suckers.
Use small squares of cheesecloth to make sachets filled with crush mint, bay leaf, clove or eucalyptus around the house to repel flies.
Sweet basil: Plant sweet basil next to doors, or in containers. Flies won’t go near it! Cut a large bunch of it for when you go on picnics. As an extra benefit, mosquitoes hate it too.
Eucalyptus oil: Apply eucalyptus oil to a small cloth or rag and leave it an area concentrated with flies – they won’t stay long.
Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil into a small spray bottle. Add a tad of liquid detergent and fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution on cobwebs, around doors and windows, around the lawn and garden in addition to any surfaces where spiders hide. The mixture has a pleasant aroma and is safe to use around pets and kids.
Combining coconut oil and white vinegar makes an efficient spray for urging spiders to stay away. Test the mixture on a small, hidden area of carpet or curtains to make sure it does not stain or cause spots.
Did you know spiders taste through their feet? In addition to their aversion to peppermint; they despise the taste of citrus which includes lemon, lime and orange. It will not kill spiders; they will simply avoid places where these citrus oils can be detected.
Spiders love to hide in dark, cluttered places. Keep stacks of debris, woodpiles and thick plant growth away from the sides of your home. The fewer hiding places spiders can access, the more effectively they can be deterred.
Make sure you seal up cracks in the foundation of your home and close gaps in windows or beneath doorways to deny spiders an entry point.
Those microscopic mites are everywhere in our homes: beds, clothing, furniture, bookshelves and stuffed animals. If you have allergies or asthma, you already know what a pain these creepy crawlers are.
To reduce the dust mite population in your abode:
A clean, tidy kitchen and bathroom is your best defense against roaches. If roaches are an issue in your home, vacuum well and wash the affected areas with strong soap. Discard the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed container.
Fleas can gain entry to your residence via your pet or visitors’ pets. For every one flee on your furry friend, there may be as many as 30 in the pet’s environment.
The best defense against these creepy crawlers is prevention. You can easily achieve this goal in rooms that haven’t been affected yet. If there is a presence of bed bugs, then a thorough cleaning and vacuuming is required, followed by cautionary measures.
Natural pest solutions are an efficient, economical and safe way to say farewell to uninvited creepy crawlers.