Household pests are uninvited and unwanted guests but they still find their way in anyway. Cockroaches, termites, ants, rodents, flies, mosquitoes, bugs, fleas! Sounds familiar? Apart from the uncomfortable feeling experienced just because they creep or fly from wall to wall, some bite, sting and even transmit diseases. Cockroaches are synonymous with dirt, poor hygiene and are suspected carriers of organisms that cause typhoid fever, cholera etc.
A research by the National Pest Management Association also shows that termites cause over $5 billion of damage to properties in the U.S. each year.
Chemicals and insecticides are often used but are not without health risks and they do not permanently solve the problem. Thus, families are becoming more aware of the harmful effects associated with these chemicals and are applying natural ways to deal with the situation.
Here are 7 ways to pest proof your home naturally:
Get rid of standing water
This is one of the most effective ways to limit reproduction and survival potential of mosquitoes in your home. Basically, water aids reproduction because they like to lay eggs in and around standing water. Female mosquitoes particularly like to lay eggs in water stored in manmade containers. If you have to store up water, make use of containers that can be covered.
This is also applicable to your surrounding and not just indoors.
Keep your bathroom and kitchen clean always
Pests are attracted to oil, filth, moisture, sugar, etc., so they seek access to kitchens and bathrooms through sewage and drain pipe or cracks in the slab.
These two seem to be the most common hiding and breeding sites for pests because they are probably the most used rooms in your home. The bathroom is humid and creates a conducive atmosphere for pests to survive while the kitchen usually contains food debris, unwashed plates and oil.
- Pick up anything that falls on the floor right away
- Cover trash can and empty regularly
- Cook more slowly
- Clean tiles with baking soda
- Remove all the items that don’t belong in your bathroom
- Disinfect and wash the toilet bowl regularly
- Scrub tiles and corners always
- Clean wall, windows, shower, etc.
Use Sticky Traps
Although this only traps crawling pests, it’s a very effective method of keeping pests away from your home. Traps can also be used to gauge how bad your invasion is if there’s any.
This method works for cockroaches, spiders, scorpions, mites, rats and other crawling insects.
Lemon and Lemon Peel
Using fresh lemon or lemon peel will keep mosquitoes, ants and flies away. This also works for outdoor gatherings and parties.
Apart from being a good cleaning agent, vinegar is a great herbicide and provides a strong barrier for insects and spiders without toxins. Through its natural acidity, vinegar gets rid of ants, spiders and other insects.
Vinegar can also be used as a bait. Fruit flies will flock to the jar and drown in the mixture.
Essential oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus can help keep certain pests under control. Just mix of a few drops with water and spritz on bedding, carpets and rugs.
Vacuum cleaner is a very effective pest control tool. Some pests such as bugs hide in the hardest places where they can’t be reached, vacuum cleaner would do the work of evicting them.