Monday, 25 September 2017
Having pests at home can be a nuisance especially if you have limited knowledge on how to handle them. Most people cannot entertain the idea of bugs creeping and crawling all over the house. Many websites and blogs have written different articles on pest control, most of the articles have conflicting information. This may overwhelm you and leave you wondering which methods you need to follow.
Worry no more; this article will give you useful and practical solutions for common household pests.
With a few preventative procedures and DIY measures, pests in your house will be a thing of the past. Pests are usually attracted to water and food. Take out the garbage regularly, clean the kitchen thoroughly and store your food in tight containers. If you can’t handle controlling the pests, leave it to the professionals. Specialists use sophisticated and proven techniques like fumigation to get rid of the pests. You can alternatively do it yourself without necessarily using any harmful chemicals. The best bug controls are harmless. Natural pest control methods are just as effective as the toxic chemicals that degrade the environment. Besides, they help protect our loved ones, our pets, our communities and to an extent, the world.
Tips for Pest Control
• Consider alternative methods to pesticides first.
• Schedule an inspection before purchasing or selling your home. Your potential buyer will be glad to know that the house is bug-free.
• Buy natural and safe products that can be trusted. Check the labels keenly before buying any product.
• Only buy pesticides that are designed for the pests you intend to treat.
• Follow label instructions to the letter and use the least amount possible.
• If you suspect pesticide poisoning, seek medical attention immediately.
Ignoring the above tips may give you undesired results. Incorrect use is not only ineffective but also dangerous.
Methods of Pest Control
1. Preventive Measures
You have probably heard this before; prevention is better than cure. The best step towards pest control is not to invite them inside in the first place. You need to be vigilant to keep an eye out for potential pest infestation. Never ignore surroundings that could attract pests.
• Get rid of stagnant water.
• Cover your food and drinks.
• Avoid storing wood near your home.
• Minimize pests hiding spots.
• Keep your gutters clean at all times to prevent mosquito breeding.
If pests have already made your home theirs too, you need to act fast. Among the most commonly used methods are natural repellents for particular insects and natural killing sprays. Regardless of the size of your home, there are measures you can take for your precise bug trouble.
Pest barriers are meant to prevent both crawling and flying insects like ants from entering your home. They act like barbed wire - practical and economical. We’ll discuss them in detail below.
• Cucumbers – cucumbers are probably your favorite vegetable. What you probably do not know is that the cucumber peelings are also an effective ant deterrent. The strips work better when they are bitter. To prevent ants from entering your home, spread cucumber peels at the entry points. This will send the ants scurrying. There you go, this is a tried and tested remedy that will not pose any health risks to you, your family or your furry companion.
• Garlic – garlic is a popular natural insecticide for mosquitoes. To use it efficiently, grind it up and mix it with water and apply at the entry points.
• Pennyroyal, peppermint, and spearmint – these plants are known to repel aphids and ants. Grow them around the periphery of your home. Plant basil and mint under the windows and around doorways to repel flies. The plants have a sweet scent that you will enjoy inhaling.
• Ash, sand, and copper – these deter the movement of snails. You can apply them to entries or walkways to keep them away from your home.
• Seal cracks to prevent entry of moisture that attracts most pests. Most pests enter your home in search moisture that is essential for them to survive. Be consistent in using the barriers for best results.
3.) Natural Repellents and Insecticides
As mentioned above, it is advisable to avoid harmful pesticides that not only pose significant health concerns but also reduce effectiveness with continued use.
• Boric acid is an effective killer of cockroaches and other annoying insects.
• Powdered sugar mixed with baking soda in equal proportions is an excellent way to get rid of cockroaches from your kitchen. For best results, spread the mixture into areas you normally see them and wait for them to vanish.
• Cloves are a natural deterrent against winged pets like moths. Create a water trap by filling a bowl with water and leave a bulb or torch suspended over it. They will be attracted to the light, crash, burn and eventually fall into the water.
• Grounded rosemary leaves sprinkled on your pet’s coat, or its bedding will ward off fleas.
• Neem oil contains the compound sallanin that repels and kills insects like spider mites and mosquitoes. Being a natural product, you can add a few drops of neem oil to your lotion and apply the mixture just before going to bed.
• Cayenne pepper – when mixed with water and a few drops of ivory soap, the mixture kills termites and other insects.
Use the simple natural solutions listed above, and you will love the outcome.
In extreme cases, have your home inspected by a licensed pest control operator. Bedbugs are particularly becoming a nuisance to many homeowners in Singapore. Fumigation helps to kill bugs more efficiently. It utilizes toxic gas to exterminate pests in an enclosed house. For bad infestations, it may be the only method that will work. If improperly done, the gas is harmful to humans. You, therefore, need to take extra precautions. You should vacate your home together with your family and pets for a minimum of three days. Ensure you seal food and any consumables in the house before leaving. You will sleep well knowing that there are no critters to worry about.
Home pest control methods should be both effective and safe. On top of the knowledge you may have of the natural remedies and their application, you need to incorporate products manufactured from non-synthetic ingredients to get rid of the pests at home. These elements include naturally occurring compounds, natural oils, and other non-toxic ingredients. Feel free to share the above information with your peers.