Pests are troublesome in the household. Apart from the illnesses they bring to our families, they also cause extensive damage to our belongings. No one wants to have these pesky creatures around because it costs a lot of money to have them lurking in the environment.
Mice, for example, are one of the most destructive pests on the planet. They are responsible for thousands of house damage each year. Did you know that they can set your house on fire, too? These creatures can gnaw on anything, including electrical wirings. If they damage the insulators, it could lead to short circuit and other electrical hazards that can lead to electric shock or house fires.
Another horrifying example of damaging pests is the termite. This is otherwise known as the silent destroyers. Most people have no clue their home is infested until the damage has already become irretrievable. This is why termites are responsible for millions of dollars of damage in one year. If you don’t take the necessary precautions to keep these pests away, you’ll be spending a fortune for repairs.
As responsible housekeepers, we don’t want that to happen. This is why we need to eliminate them as early as we can. Here are some of the best ways to get rid of pests from your environment:
Seal all the possible entryways of pests
Some pests can enter even the smallest cracks of your house. Bed bugs, for example, are one of the smallest insects to deal with. The height of their bodies is as thin as an ATM card. You're going to need a magnifying glass to see where these insects can pass!
If you neglect to have all of their entryways fixed, more pests will come your way. As much as possible, conduct a monthly checkup of your house’s perimeter and check for any crack or crevice on walls and floorboards. If you cannot do this alone, contact your community for help.
Clean as you go
This is the most common way to prevent pests from entering your home. Pests such as cockroaches, ants, and mice are attracted to food crumbs and stains. This is why you need to maintain effective housekeeping habits. Especially after eating, you need to clean every stain and remove every crumb from your dining area. Also, wash the dishes properly and remove the dirt from the drain.
If you have children to help you with household chores, assign them one task at a time. Not only will this eliminate pests but it will also teach them basic housekeeping skills. Plus, it serves as a great bonding moment for the family. You know what they say, a family that cleans together, eliminates pests together.
Avoid cluttering of materials
Clutters serve as an all-access hiding space for pests such as roaches and mice. Since these creatures usually come out at night, they need a place to hide during the day. The clutter you leave on the floor and table is one of their possible hiding spots. They may be small, but they are cunning when it comes to their survival. So, you need to be wiser and eliminate everything they need from your house. This way, they will be forced to evacuate and look for other places to infest.
Boric acid powder
Boric acid is also known as hydrogen borate, which is one of the most cost-effective ways to repel damaging pests. It can kill termites, roaches, ants, and many more. Simply sprinkle a generous amount of boric acid powder on pest-infested areas and spread it thinly using a broom or a cloth. Make sure you do not inhale the particles. It could lead to allergic reactions.
If you see them running after getting in contact with the powder, don’t fret. It takes time to work. First, the pest needs to ingest the powder when it grooms. Then, the poison from the acid builds up in their system when they digest it. The substance will affect the metabolism of the pests, inhibiting its ability to absorb nutrients. In a few days, the pests will start to die from dehydration and malnutrition. Whenever you use the powder, keep it out of reach of children and animals.
If you want a safer way to eliminate pests, use Diatomaceous Earth. This powder is made of dried atoms or diatoms. Unlike the boric powder, the pests do not need to ingest DE. They only need to get in contact with it.
Diatomaceous Earth works mechanically by destroying the outer skin of pests. It gives them a piercing sensation when they get in contact with it. In no time, they start to dehydrate and die.
When purchasing DE, make sure to buy the food-grade powder so it will be safe for contact with animals and children. But you still need to beware. Some people develop allergic reactions to the dust. So, you better keep it away still.
This is an effective repellent against ants. Ants are one of the most common winter pests. They seek shelter before winter comes. This is why you can see them crawling towards your house before the first frost. This way, they can protect their queen and her offspring.
To prevent them from coming inside, mix one part of dish soap with one part of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and target the ants that try to enter your home. Use it as a barrier to eliminate the pheromones that the ant colony follows. The soap solution also works in getting rid of aphids, beetles, mites, and whiteflies. If you have a garden, try using this method to eliminate the most common garden pests.
Call for Professional Help
Experts recommend trying these DIY methods of pest control on your own. This could help eliminate if not, prevent pest infestations. However, no matter how effortful we are, it doesn’t amount to the effective strategies done by professionals.
Pest control is not an easy task. Without prior knowledge about the habits and life cycle of pests, it’s almost impossible to apply effective pest control strategies.
So, if you want to save time and effort, have a pest control professional on speed dial. This way, you can ensure the effectiveness of their methods. You can finally achieve the pest-free home you and your family deserves.