One of the things that can make you feel uneasy inside your own home is to discover you have pest problems.
You not only have to think of where the cause of the problem is, but also check whether the issue has spread elsewhere around the house.
Here are easy tips to help you get rid of pests in your home;
The greatest way to keep pests away is to prevent them. I know, you might say you already have the pests. But preventative measures will help the problem from increasing, and eventually, remove the existing pests.
Rodents and unwanted bugs can be kept away from the house by repairing and keeping clean.
Unsightly elements that a house has like leaky pipes, old or unsealed garbage, as well as food residue, attract pests. They can also come to your home from overgrown plants, crack, firewood piles and debris nearby. First all, tidying up will assist in keeping pests out, and cleanup will make your house less hospitable to the current invaders.
Water and Vinegar Spray
If the problem is ants, try water and vinegar spray for them. Mix approximately one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. See where the ants enter the house by tracking them to find their trail. Spray where they enter from and along the door, windows and/or baseboards. Go to the trail and entirely spray it.
This process will kill the sprayed ants and also destroy their scent trail. Watch for more ants then spray wherever you sight one hang out. Sit for a while before you wipe out dead ants by use of cloth then repeat when more ants appear.
Repeat some few more times in the first week even if they do not turn up right away to keep them in control.
Is the vinegar not enough to have the job done? Make a homemade bait to keep away pests from your house. Instead of purchasing a costly trap, make sugar and borax mixture and keep in small containers. Put them in the paths of the ants and allow them to feast.
The ants will send the mixture back to their colony to share and kill more ants. This procedure will take a few days as some more ants come to take the mixture back to their place of hiding.
Depending on the type of ant and time of the year, the ants might be in need of fatty foods, therefore, a better bait could be peanut butter. When the sugar fix is not reacting, try a mixture of Borax with something oily or fatty.
You may be scratching your head if you are not an organic gardener. Diatomaceous earth is made up of phytoplankton fossilized remains in powder form. It is harmless to mammals, non-toxic but lethal to bugs. Other farmers feed their animals with it to keep off pests while some persons have it in their diet due to a variety of potential health benefits.
Sprinkle food-grade (not for swimming pools kind) diatomaceous earth in corners and baseboards – anywhere bugs stay. Use enough to have a good dusting but avoid piling up the powder as the bugs will crawl on top of it. It might take days to take effect but will eventually get rid of the bugs in your house.
It looks too simple but when you have small little gnats flying around your home, your plants might be the issue. Fungus gnats like moist soils and will gladly have babies in potted plants.
An easy path to do away with these small insects is to make your plants be dry completely on the surface then water them. This will cause the larva to die and prevent new gnats from maturing. Ensure there is good drainage for your plants and clean up the standing water. Not only is this technique a solution to gnat problem but also beneficial for your plants.
Check Where You Go
Pest can come in even when all the necessary precautions are taken inside a house. You might go to a store which has roach problems and carries them back in a bag. Bedbugs might have attached themselves to a suitcase in a hotel that you stayed at. You could also purchase yard-sale furniture which has termites or spiders. During winter your home could be a warm environment for pests to live in the cold days. These are called “occasional invaders”.
Inspect your body and belongings after going outside to ensure no pests sneak to your home. This way, you will be in a position to prevent them from going to places like your closet and bed. A quick shower immediately after coming back from rural areas can help get rid of ticks.
Take these steps to safely remove or prevent an infestation. Still, need some help?
It might then be time to reach out to a professional who knows clearly what to do like a pest control company.