Prevention is often the best method, but sometimes those little bugs have a way of becoming a big problem!
Going green in your home is not only great for the earth, but for your budget as well. You will not have to worry about your dog getting sick from fumes or breaking the bank trying to rid the kitchen of those pesky ants. Here are a few pest control tips that are safe, effective, and all-natural.
This is possibly the simplest way to keep bugs at bay, and it is quite effective. A bottle of soapy water sprayed onto any unwanted guests in your home will break down their exoskeletons and kill the critters on contact. This method works great on ants, roaches, and other various insects. Ivory soap flakes are best, so simply grate a bit of bar soap into some hot water, mix, and watch as those little buggers vanish.
If you find yourself battling termites, cedar oil is a chemical-free way to banish those wood chomping critters for good. The oil is safe for wood but lethal to termites as well as ants, and will kill them on contact. It is also a drying agent and will keep the termites from returning because of lack of moisture in the wood. This can also help pets with a flea problem, as well as deters insects such as cucumber beetles.
Spiders are no laughing matter. While they may be beneficial to your outdoor garden, no one wants to find one of these creatures roaming around their home. A natural way to get rid of these eight-legged vermin is citrus. Add lemon or lime juice (unsweetened of course) to a bottle of water and spray around points of entry like doorways or windows. Lemon, lime or orange peels also work, and you can use that method in your yard.
It is not just for cats anymore. In the summertime, mosquitos can run rampant in hot, humid climates, making those outdoor barbecues unbearable. While citronella candles may help, their scent is not for everyone. Catnip will deter those little bloodsuckers, and is easily grown in your garden. You can also use catnip oil directly on your skin for up to two hours of protection.
These are just a few simple ways to keep a pest issue at bay. Prevention is often the best method, but sometimes those little bugs have a way of becoming a big problem! If you find yourself in a pickle, don’t fret and try out these helpful hints. They are sure to have your home bug-free in no time. To learn more about pest control, ask a professional in your area for help.
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