Check out today’s guest post from our friends at The Blog Frog and learn how you can get rid of pests naturally!
It’s good to get rid of cockroaches, bed bugs, mice, rats, or other pests. Creepy-crawlies carry disease—especially when it comes to rodents. However, if you use chemical methods to accomplish this pest disposal, you may incidentally expose yourself or your loved ones to health risks. This article explains five ways to get rid of pests naturally!
Bug sprays, fumigation, rat poison, topically-applied repellants with active ingredients like Deet; all can be unhealthy. However, there are natural ways to get rid of pests that don’t involve putting yourself or your property at risk of contamination. Following we’ll briefly explore five you might want to look into.
1. In General, Exercise Deep-Cleaning Strategy
One of the reasons roaches, ants, mice, rats, spiders, bats, or other pests invade a home has to do with food.
When a home has a lot of garbage, or when infrastructure begins to break down, it naturally provides food sources for local fauna in your ecological area. Some species have a very special relationship to humans, in that they seem to dog our footsteps. Mice and roaches are this way. They follow after garbage and decline.
In your home, you need to deep-clean everything as thoroughly as you can, floor to ceiling. Then, lay out furniture floor-plans to keep it that way, making further cleaning easy. From there, initiate regular weekly and monthly clean-up. This eliminates the food supply of most pests.
2. Steam And Temperature Fluctuation For Bed Bugs
Still, the cleanest apartment may be in a building where others’ lack of due diligence in home maintenance leads to pests in the walls that collaterally invade your premises. In such situations, you want to use other strategies that are safe and cost-effective.
If you can turn off the water pipes and you live in a cold area, let it get well below freezing in January for a week or so while you go on vacation. So long as you keep the water from freezing in the pipes where you live, you’ll kill all the bedbugs at no real cost other than some mild inconvenience.
Or, you could use steam heat to kill them. This is a much better option, and less inconvenient. At a certain temperature range, bed bugs die. A steam apparatus can be expensive, but you may be able to improvise something on your own if you’re clever.
3. For Mice, Get A Cat, And Block Up Holes With Steel Wool
Cats eat mice. If you’re not allergic this is a fine mouse-prevention solution. Also, mouse holes can be clogged up with steel wool. As you cringe when you run your nails across a chalkboard, mice cringe biting steel wool.
While steel wool is not “natural” natural, neither is your house. Furthermore, it isn’t a poisonous solution or one that hurts the environment. Still, it may not be quite right for you, so here’s a site with more strategies on how to get rid of mice naturally.
4. Anti-Mosquito Tactics: No Standing Water, Oils, Flowers
Get rid of standing water indoors and outdoors, that’s where mosquitoes deposit their young. Use essential oils like mint, citronella, lavender, or catnip to repel them naturally. Alternatively, burn citronella in oil using tiki torches; that can help repel them. Also, lavender and other flowers that give off aromas mosquitoes hate can be useful.
5. Give Cockroaches The Last Meal Of Sugar And Baking Soda
Take a quarter of a cup of baking soda, and a quarter of a cup of sugar. Mix them together thoroughly and place them in the avenues of your home where roaches routinely come. Doorways, cracks, crevices, behind the fridge—you get the idea. The baking sugar attracts, and the baking soda reacts with their metabolism.
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