Home : How to Rid Your Home of Pests Safely – Renee Smithey – Medium

Many people feel chemicals are overused in today’s society. However, there are times when using a chemical-based product is the only way to reach the results you need, as in ridding your home of fleas, termites, or roaches.

How can one do this safely for you and your pets? That is the question we shall explore here today. Let us look at natural remedies, over-the-counter pesticides, and when to call in professional help.

Gardening for Pest Control

Many pests are introduced into your home through the environment surrounding your home. By being proactive with growing specific plants and treating your lawn regularly, you can reduce insects from entering your home. Here are a few examples:

1. Lemongrass, lavender, marigolds, and basil all deter mosquitoes.

2. Chrysanthemums deter roaches, ants, ticks, fleas, etc.

3. Spray your lawn with nematodes to prevent fleas.

Essential Oils

Yes, believe it or not, there are many essential oils you can mix with grain alcohol and use throughout your home to control mosquitoes, fleas, flies, gnats, spiders, and ants.

Household Products

Many ordinary household products can be used for prevention of pests in your home. These include vinegar, borax, baking soda, cayenne pepper, and the list goes on. Do a quick Google or Pinterest search to find a wide variety of ingredients and methods to fight most annoying household pests.

Chemical Based Over the Counter Pesticides

When you need a bit more assistance than your natural ingredients can provide, there are several good products you can purchase over-the-counter to help eliminate your pest problems. This article gives you a great overview of the most effective products for controlling various types of insects.

As with any poisonous substance, be careful where you use pesticides that contact chemicals. Do your research to know when to remove your family and pets from the premises and for how long after treatments. Just before leaving for vacation is probably the best time to use a chemical based pesticide in your home. Arranging for a quick clean by a local professional service prior to your return may be a good consideration.

Professional Assistance

Many people simply find it hard to tell when it’s best to call in a professional. Sometimes their extensive experience and knowledge is worth the expense. What signs can you look for to know it is time to make that call?

1. You are in danger from pests that could cause you physical harm or disease, i.e. wasps, spiders, rats.

2. Your efforts have not conquered the problem.

3. You are afraid of the pests, i.e. spiders, and cannot get close enough to kill them.

4. Signs of property damage, i.e. gnawing on furniture or baseboards.

5. You see droppings but not critters. You don’t know what you’re fighting.

6. You hear scratching or unusual sounds.

7. You see critters of unusual size, i.e. squirrels. When cornered, these oversized rodents can cause harm to you or your pets.

In all instances, exercise caution when dealing with home pest control. Don’t wait too long to call in the experts if you are uncomfortable with your efforts. Keeping your family and pets safe is your number one priority in ridding your home safely of unwanted and unwelcome pests.

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