Rodents, termites, bugs, and other insects can infest your house pretty quickly. It becomes so difficult to get rid of them once this happens since they can live practically anywhere. As a result, some homeowners overlook the problem for years and expose their families to serious health problems.
All this, when you can actually get your own pest control kit and banish these unwanted guests from your home. Here are some tips on DIY pest control.
Wash and dry your linen more often
The first step to controlling pests in your home is to eliminate environments where insects might be attracted. Wash and dry your clothes, bed sheets, rugs, blankets, and towels regularly. You can do it on a weekly basis.
Bedding and cupboard linen are often host to lots of other pests that you cannot always see, like bed bugs and dust mites. Use disinfectants whenever required.
Use natural pest repellents
Common house pests like ants, bed bugs, houseflies, and head lice can be dealt with easily by using a few natural repellents.
• Coffee grounds are a time-tested natural repellent for ants.
• Fruit flies can be quite a nuisance. Pour apple cider vinegar in a glass container and wrap the top with a plastic wrap, poking holes in it. The sweet scent will lure fruit flies, who will then be drowned in the vinegar.
• For houseflies, simply hang cloves, clover and eucalyptus blossoms from a ceiling.
• To repel rats, add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of peppermint castile soap in 7-8 cups of water. Spray the mixture on your skirting.
• For silverfish, sprinkle boric acid under sinks and wherever there is moisture.
• To eliminate bed bugs, combine rosemary and peppermint oils with 2 cups of water and spray the mixture on the mattress.
Get the right pest control kit
Identify the different pests in your home and have a strategy for the same. It is not advisable to buy the same product for different pests. If getting a large assortment is expensive, you can get a pest control kit.
Lastly, prioritize safety over cost, and pick a product that is safe, especially if you have kids or pets at home.
Back it up with a strong prevention system
Prevention is always better than cure. Use a garbage bin with a lid since food waste attracts insects and flies. Remember to rinse sauce jars and juice containers before throwing them away. Wipe down kitchen surfaces and countertops with equal parts vinegar and water to eliminate odors and food leftovers.
Get any leaky faucets fixed, since leaks attract insects, which need damp environments to survive. Any dry foods should be transferred to sealed containers or jars. Clear your drains of leftover food by pouring half a cup each of baking soda and vinegar followed by boiling water.