Pest Prevention at Home
To avoid the paranoia, headache and financial tolls of an infestation, it is best to put proper preventative measures in place to protect your home. There are a number of different pesticides and insecticides to choose from, but not all of them are very safe; in fact, many can be quite toxic. With the heightened awareness of healthy living, many people seek natural or green alternatives to normal treatment choices. For those looking for green pest control methods, there are a few different options.
Ants can be pesky home intruders. Though keeping them out of your home completely may not be an option, you can make your home unattractive to them. To deter them from outside the house you can cut back trees and brush around your home, as well as keep firewood away from the entrances. It is imperative that you fix any leaks as soon as possible, being that ants and other insects, such as termites, will nest in damp wood. Within the home you want to keep it as clean and crumb free as possible. Make sure to cover and seal all food items when not in use. A great way to destroy the ants’ scent trail is a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Wipe your countertops down with this solution and you will not have to worry about those creepy ant trails.
Another pest that is hard to regulate is cockroaches. These pesky bugs can fit through openings as small as the width of a dime, so it is important to keep windows and doors properly sealed. A caulking gun is a cheap investment that can save you larger pest control costs, and it also serves as a way to enforce your home insulation. Along with caulking you can apply a homemade repellant along the baseboards and doors of your home. Simply combine three parts fabric softener with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and distribute it liberally. You especially want to pay close attention to your kitchen and bathroom areas, as cockroaches are attracted to such warm, damp rooms.
To deter mice you can use a homemade remedy composed of ¼ cup of water and 40 drops of peppermint oil, combined in a spray bottle. Distribute it evenly along your base boards. Also, soak a few cotton balls in the concoction and place them at key entry points. This will help to deter most mice. As with roaches, making sure that your entry ways are properly caulked will help to prevent entry. However, in preparation for the more persistent rodents, fill any lasting holes or cracks with copper or steel wool to prevent them from chewing through it an invading your home.
By implementing a few green pest prevention methods you can protect your home from infection. With the green methods you can secure your property while still providing a clean and safe environment for your family to enjoy. Though these measures can help to prevent certain infestations, if you believe that one has already occurred, it is important that you act fast to eliminate it as soon as possible. For more green tips or pest control information, contact a pest control provider.