If you have ever had pests in your home (around your family) then you might want to take a look at this. Anyone who has dealt with mice and roaches definitely knows how disgusting it feels to walk through your own home with your socks off. But if you’re really interested in finding a natural (non-toxic) solution, then give me about 10 minutes to give you some advice. In the end, what have you got to lose? So take this advice for what it is worth and hopefully it will help you a little.
The most important thing you can do in most areas is to get a bug light. These little gadgets are probably the most overlooked ways to kill off these little insect pests. Place one outside on a patio or wherever you can. You should be able to attract a majority of the flying insects that come around your home. The price for a decent bug zapper is around $50, which is often worth it if you can reduce the amount of bugs coming into the home.
What about the rest of the pests? Well, we very quickly get into the world of extermination in your home and this can be a bad subject for a lot of people. If you have a family like mine, then you are concerned about having little kids running around and picking up everything. For one, you don’t want your children to be playing around with insects that could carry disease. And you also don’t want the chemicals that were sprayed to harm your family. So what can you do? Let’s talk about your options.
Your initial line of defense against insects is a clean floor. That might sound like really obvious advice, but how clean is your floor? Roaches can survive on hardly any crumbs. Ants, being much smaller, can survive on even less. So make sure that you are cleaning out the nooks and crannies in your home. Take a vacuum hose and hit all the corners of your floor. Also, try to get behind and under your appliances: refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher.
Depending on the type of pest you have, you may want to try any of the following:
- Mint tea bags near where the ants enter is a great way to deter them.
- Cucumber also works really well at the point of entry.
- Other natural deterrents are: cayenne pepper, citrus oil, lemon juice, and coffee grounds.
- Diatomaceous earth. This is a really great staple that I cannot speak highly enough.
- Others include: catnip, bay leaves, roach traps.
- Again, mint is a good repellent
- And bay leaves are good too
That about covers it for some of the pests that I’ve dealt with in my own home. I don’t buy into the commonly accepted practice of spraying poisons all over your home to get rid of a pest. That actually sounds kind of crazy when you are replacing one harmful issue with a worse one.