With the summer coming up, a lot of insects are going to come out into the open. They will join the insects that don't go dormant the rest of the year, creating a veritable storm of bugs in your house and yard. Some of the insects you will encounter cause disease, some have nasty bites that itch, and others are just disgusting to look at. So you certainly don't want to spend your summer fighting off the insect infestation. However, if you are concerned about chemicals used in traditional pest control methods, you do have options. Here are three natural methods of pest control you can try.
1. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an excellent remedy for cockroaches, which are more plentiful in the summer. Simply sprinkle it where the roaches most commonly hide, such as in cabinets and behind large appliances and furniture. This substance is completely non-toxic to people and pets, so you don't have to worry about any of your smaller loved ones getting into it.
Diatomaceous earth works by cutting away the exoskeleton of the roach. It is made up of tiny, sharp particles that act as a natural exfoliant. By relieving the roaches of their exoskeletons, it renders them vulnerable and usually kills them in a day or two. While their exoskeletons are shedding, roaches become dehydrated. So look for dying cockroaches around sources of water in your house for the next week or so until they're all gone. But it may take up to a week for all the roaches in your house to find the diatomaceous earth.
2. Herbs and Bats
Mosquitoes are one of the biggest summer pest nuisances. The good news is you have plenty of options at your disposal for keeping them away from you and your loved ones. Some of the best choices for getting rid of mosquitoes include the following:
Herbs--Some herbs are natural mosquito repellents. Rosemary and sage are two of them. Sprinkling their essential oils around the house will keep them out, and laying the actual herbs on your grill will keep them away from your cookout. Garlic juice sprayed on anything will also keep mosquitoes away.
Bats--Bats love to eat mosquitoes. In fact, according to OneGoodThingByJillee.com, some bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. Building bat houses on and around your house will keep it mostly mosquito-free. Bats are passive creatures unless threatened. You can live in harmony with them as long as you leave them alone and let them do their mosquito-eating thing.
3. Homemade Flypaper
Summertime is ripe for flies. And unfortunately, when you're keeping your windows open to let in that nice summer weather, you are also giving flies an entrance to your house. They can get through even tiny holes in your screens that go unnoticed by you.
Keep them and their filth out of your house by making your own non-toxic flypaper. Just do the following:
- Get some brown craft paper and cut it into strips
- Mix 1/4 cup corn syrup, 1 Tbsp white sugar, and 1 Tbsp brown sugar together in a bowl
- Soak the paper strips in the sugar mixture
- Let the strips dry overnight
- Poke holes in the tops of the strips and tie them with string at places in your house where flies tend to congregate, or may use to enter.
- The flies will be drawn to the sugar on the strips. The corn syrup will ensure they get stuck on them. You can then dispose of the strips outside and be rid of the flies.
These natural methods are very effective at removing pests from in and around your home. However, there are times when the infestation is so severe that more drastic measures are required to get these bugs out of your home. In these cases, you want to call professional pest control services. They will have the tools necessary to clean up your house and give you a more pleasant, pest-free summer.
If you are concerned about toxins in the pesticides they use, just let them know and ask if they have any milder methods available. Most pest control services will be willing to work with you on your comfort level with chemicals. If you've got pests that won't go away easily, call a professional pest control service today and clean them up once and for all.Share