When you walk into your house from a hard day’s work, you want to be able to comfortably rest in it. Therefore, the last thing that you want to experience is seeing a roach crawl across your kitchen counter or a trail of ants crawling along one of your walls.
So, what can you do to ensure that you don’t have to worry about encountering these types of pests (and others)? That’s a really good question. Over the course of the next couple of minutes, this article is going to provide you with some helpful answers.
Do some landscaping. Before you try to figure out what to do about the inside of your home, first think about the outside of it. If you have a lot of tree branches hovering over your roof, if the shrubs in front of your windows are out of control, or it’s been a while since you have swept off your porch or deck, all of these things can attract pests. Therefore, make sure to do some landscaping on a regular basis.
Keep your house clean. Pests are drawn to dirty homes – mostly because there are usually crumbs of food all over them. That’s why it’s so important to keep your house clean on a consistent basis. This is particularly the case when it comes to your kitchen counters and floors. Also, make sure to throw out your trash daily, if possible. The odor from your trash bags can also hold a pest’s attention. If after cleaning up your house you still notice a pest or two, wipe down your surfaces with some apple cider vinegar. The scent will last only momentarily and it’s a proven and chemical-free way to deter pests.
Seal up any drafts and/or leaks. If no matter how clean your house is, you still end up seeing a spider, fly, or mosquito, it may be because you have an air leak coming from your window or a water leak coming from your plumbing. So conduct an energy audit a couple of times per year to check for these types of household issues. In most cases, you can seal up your windows with some caulking, and there are websites that will walk you through how to fix leaking pipes, faucets, or toilets. One of them is DIY Network. Go to the site and put “how to fix” along with “leaking pipes,” “leaking faucets” or “leaking toilets” in the search field. For tips on how to conduct an energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” into the search field.
Put food in containers. Although it’s not very common for pests to get into your refrigerator (because it is sealed shut most of the time), places where they do like to hang out are your cabinets or pantries – especially if your food is not properly sealed. So make sure that all of the food that is not in its original packaging is put into plastic or glass containers and that they have lids that you can screw shut. You might also want to put a few mint tea bags on your shelves as well. A lot of pests, including ants, are repelled by the smell of it.
Try some household remedies. There are lots of different commercial products that you can use to get rid of and even prevent pests such as Powderpost Beetle Control Treatments and Spray. However, being that so many of them contain toxic chemicals, it’s best to use some household remedies to get rid of pests instead. Some failsafe ones include cucumber slices for ants, neem oil for mosquitos and eucalyptus oil for flies (including fruit flies). You can read about other effective household remedies for pests by going to One Good Thing By Jillee and putting “pest control remedies” into the search field.