If you have recently suffered from a pest invasion, you may have had to turn to pesticides to eliminate these unwanted critters. Unfortunately, the problem with pesticides is that they do not deal with the cause of the problem; they only handle the symptoms. And since pesticides are toxic, they pose harm to members of the household, especially children. The good news is that you can get rid of pests naturally, in a way that guarantees the safety of the entire household. How do you do so?
Make sure your house is clean and dry
Pests are attracted to areas where they can find food, make their nests and thrive. If you make it impossible for pests to get these three things, they will have no reason to invade your home. This means that you will have to wipe up any spills in the house immediately with soap and water, take out the garbage daily, wash dishes daily, sweep and vacuum your floors regularly and even keep your bathroom and kitchen areas as dry as possible. Basically, anything that seems like it can encourage pest presence must be quickly gotten rid of.
Seal all entryways
Make it impossible for pests to gain access to your home by sealing off points of access such as cracks, holes, gaps and other crevices present in your home. Use silicone caulk to seal off any cracks that may allow pests to get in. Place screens in front of heating and cooling vents, and keep any vegetation around your house trimmed well to ensure pests do not use it to climb in.
Chemical free strategies to deal with current pests
The first two tips deal with denying new unwanted visitors access to your home and food, but what if there are some stubborn visitors who have refused to go away? Vacuuming, traps and homemade soap solutions will deal with the annoying critters currently residing in your home. Suffocate the pests, deny them food, make it impossible for them to thrive and before you know it your home will be critter-free.
Have pest-deterrent plants around your home
There are certain plants that keep pests away from your home. For instance, flies hate the smell of basil. Keeping pots of basil at doorways and windowsills will keep the flies at bay. Similarly, ants cannot stand the smell of mint, so use this to your advantage. If you have a garden, plant these pest-deterrents around the perimeter of your garden to discourage the pests from gaining access to your garden, and subsequently, your house.
Even after you are almost sure the last critter is out of your home, do not rest easy. Pests have a resilience that is almost admirable, and will bounce back when you least expect it. So, remain vigilant and look out for signs of a pest invasion. The earlier you catch it, the easier it is to deal with it. Do not give pests the opportunity to make your home their habitat.
And always remember, if you catch a pest invasion while it is in its advanced and extensive stages, you might want to call a professional to deal with it.
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