5 Common Pests That Invade the Home and How to Avoid Them

Getting rid of household pests can be a nightmare especially if you approach the termination process with little or no information. The good news is that there are simple ways to get rid of those creepy creatures that crawl around your home. First, understand what kind of pest you are dealing with, how you can prevent them and then work towards creating a clean and healthy environment for your family.

Ants
Ants like to hide on the side walls; sometimes between cracks on the walls and even near your heating systems. They look for foods such as sweets, fruits and snacks that are left lying around especially in the kitchen. To get rid of ants, you'll first have to identify their entry points. Seal any open holes and cracks with caulk and sprinkle garlic, paprika, cloves or cinnamon to repel ants in those areas. You can also get a commercial ant repellant that is safe for humans.

Cockroaches
Cockroaches thrive in warm and humid areas in the house such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement. They are among the most stubborn household pests to deal with. You can use boric acid to get rid of cockroaches and also keep your kitchen and bathroom clean. Do not leave food lying around; ensure you put it in the refrigerator.

Rats and mice
These are probably the most annoying household pests any homeowner has to deal with. They can feed on pretty much anything they come across. The rodents will eat your cereals, live inside your trash bin and feast on dirt around your home. The major difference between mice and rats lies in their size. Mice are much smaller compared to rats which can be up to a foot long. To prevent mice and rats, you need to identify their entry points first. Seal holes indoors and outdoors, clean up the area and get rid of any piles of dirt that can attract rodents. You may also consider getting a mice trap that doesn't harm animals.

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are common in households that are close to lakes, swamps or other water bodies. They breed in stagnant water which is why you are advised to drain any still water in your compound as a preventative measure. Get rid of any rain water that has accumulated in your flower pots or anywhere else around your garden because they will encourage breeding of mosquitoes. Close your windows and doors early in the evening to prevent mosquito invasion. Natural repellants for mosquitoes include lavender and peppermint. Install a fan especially in an outdoor space to prevent mosquitoes.

Spiders
Spiders will feed on other insects around the house but getting rid of them may be a lifesaver. There are some species of spiders that must be terminated by professionals because they are super dangerous when disturbed. But to get rid of the normal spiders you may want to declutter the house and get rid of the vegetation outside. Keep all your storage areas clean and use a natural spray made from essential oils to get rid of spiders naturally.

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This article was published on 27 Oct 2015 and has been viewed 597 times
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