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How To Get Rid Of Household Pests

October 11, 2017 | 5,632 views
You may be personally fastidious and keep an immaculate home, but there are countless ways for pests to enter your residence. Prevention.com attempted to address the ancient quandary of insect infestations but their solutions relied heavily on toxic chemicals. These are marketed as the easiest way to clear pests from your house but they have a number of drawbacks. The good news is that there are a number of natural strategies you can use to eliminate these bothersome bugs. 

Cockroaches are almost universally despised. If you are afraid of them, you may have katsaridaphobia (cockroach phobia). They have survived global extinction events and have changed very little in the last 300 million years. They are synonymous with survival and adaptability. These traits inevitably resulted in them cohabitating in human homes. And why wouldn’t they gravitate to an environment that is warm throughout the year and stocked with food? 

Dr. Karen Becker, our integrated wellness veterinarian, wrote an illuminating article on natural cockroach repellents. They may have outsmarted countless efforts to eradicate them, but they can be kept at bay with a strategy that removes their food sources and entry points, followed up with boric acid, diatomaceous earth and essential oils.

If you’re trying to get rid of ants in your living space, please note that pesticides are NOT the most ideal solution. Cayenne pepper is an excellent ant deterrent. So are lemon juice, mint leaves, cinnamon and cucumber. Creating an inhospitable environment for ants is also an effective method to avoid an infestation in the first place. Seal points of entry, remove materials they use for nesting, clean food sources, and remove sources of water. Check out my natural methods to get rid of ants for additional information on how to defeat these potentially destructive insects. 

Few house guests are more unwanted and reviled than the bedbug (Cimex lectularius). They are wingless insects and are roughly the size of an apple seed, measuring 5 to 7 millimeters in length. When not fed, they are flat and oval shaped. 
Unfortunately, they are in your house to feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. That includes you and your pets. When full they become fully engorged and balloon-like in appearance. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not view bed bugs as a medical or public health hazard because they don't spread disease, this doesn't mean you should take these insects lightly.

It is not easy to get rid of bedbugs, but it can be done. Begin by scouting areas in your home for bedbug activity — such as your bed, mattress, linens and box springs. You can also search for signs of bedbugs in sofas and other soft furnishings. Once you've targeted bedbug-infested areas, you can begin removing these pests. Methods that do not make use of dangerous chemicals include heat treatment and cold treatment. You can also make homemade traps, as outlined in my article on how to get rid of bedbugs.

If you’ve ever kept ripe fruits on your counter or left dirty dishes in the sink for too long, there is a high chance that you’ve noticed the rising amount of tiny flies hovering about. These are usually known as fruit flies, or drosophila flies to geneticists. Although extremely useful in studying human genetics, fruit flies can prove to be a nuisance in the kitchen. If you’re tired of dealing with them or you’ve run out of options, make sure you read my report on how to get rid of disgusting fruit flies.

Fruit fly infestations can often be traced to hygienic issues and improper food storage. Fresh produce, empty beer bottles, garbage bins, dirty dishes, wine bottles and old mops are all attractive environments for this red eyed nuisance. It is the lurid colored eyes of the fruit fly that make them easy to differentiate from the darker colored gnat.

The fruit fly relies on their olfactory senses. This can help you deter future infestations. Just place scents that they hate, such as eucalyptus, basil and camphor, in areas they frequent. Creating homemade traps is another effective way to control their populations. Apple cider vinegar or another enticing liquid can be placed in strategic locations. They will land in the liquid and drown. A swatter with small holes is another great way to eradicate this pest. 


 
 

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