When it comes to ridding your home of pests, organic home pest control is the best choice. No need to expose yourself or your family to the toxic chemicals which are found in synthetic pesticides when there are enough organic methods to do the job well. Everyone has pests, such as insects, mice, and even squirrels and chipmunks which can always find a loose board somewhere and wiggle themselves in through a crack in a basement wall or in the space around the bathroom pipes.
If you look up exterminators in the yellow pages, you are going to find numerous ads trying to convince you that pest control is best done by their company, using powerful chemicals to rid your home of these nuisances once and for all. But, think about it carefully before allowing toxins to be applied within your house or yard. With what we know today about pesticides and their negative effects on human health and the environment, we need to be more careful than ever before.
You have more options now than ever in choosing organic methods of pest control. There are all kinds of insecticide soaps and sprays that can kill household insects without being toxic to humans. Plus, synthetic pesticides kill the good insects along with the bad. Today, it is easier than ever before to find exterminators who are dedicated to using only organic approaches to pest control. There are also things you can do as well to eliminate home pests.
Let’s see what works to eradicate a few common insects:
All ants have a sweet tooth, so when it comes to controlling ants the first thing to do is eliminate their favorite foods. If ants are getting into sugar or cake mixes in the cupboards, place the foods in plastic bags and move them somewhere the ants can’t reach them. You could even buy a plastic storage container with a cover to use until the ant infestation has abated. Clean all kitchen surfaces so there are no sweet spills or crumbs.
Wash all surfaces with an ammonia cleanser. This will get rid of any residue that may still attract ants plus they don’t like the smell. Look for places where ants can get in the house and seal up the cracks. Spreading cayenne pepper across entry points will stop the ants from entering. They will never cross a line of cayenne pepper. Flour mixed in with borax can be spread everywhere to kill ants. Don’t use borax if you have young children or pets as eating it can be fatal. Other natural ant deterrents which you can spread around are grounds from coffee, and mint tea or you can spray with garlic or lemon mixed with water.
The number one way to get rid of fleas each day is to vacuum at least once. Boiling lemon in water, letting it sit overnight, and then spraying or sponging it onto your dogs or cats is said to kill fleas. With fleas, you need to get rid of the cause or you will have more fleas almost immediately. Putting a teaspoon of vinegar into every gallon of your pets water will also repel fleas. Wash all pet bedding thoroughly and your own if they are allowed on the bed. Vacuum all furniture as well.
Cockroaches are present in houses and apartments because in the past they have not been kept clean. If you don’t have children or pets, spreading borax all around the house is a very good way to get rid of them. If children and pets live in the house, borax is out because it is poisonous if swallowed. Another answer is spreading diatomaceous earth around every room and working it into rugs and carpets. If possible, leave it for 48 hours and then vacuum it up. Diatomaceous earth is safe for both pets and humans to eat as long as you purchase “food grade” earth. Roaches can also be deterred by making a catnip spray. Just boil catnip in water for 15 minutes or so and then spray carpets, rugs, baseboards, cupboards, etc. Catnip should not be used if you have pet cats.
Flies can be a nuisance as you well know, especially in the fall when they are all trying to get into the house to sleep for the winter. There are several excellent ways to get rid of flies with organic home pest control methods. Leave out citrus skins, such as those from grapefruit or oranges. Citrus sprays can also be used as long as there are no toxic chemicals mixed in. The smell of mint is equally distasteful for flies. Several mint tea bags stashed in places all over the house will keep flies out of those areas.
If insects or rodents are starting to take over your home, you don’t need to stock up on powerful pesticides to get rid of them. Keep your family safe and sound by opting to use organic methods instead. Sometimes just using a little common sense and some household substances can solve your pest problem.