Ensure a pest-free home with these 10 effective methods.
Are you worried about an ant infestation? Even the sight of an ant can be a cause for concern. This is because ants are not usually borrowers. They travel as a colony and like to stay with other ants around them.
One way to deal with an ant infestation is to prevent it from happening in the first place. The good news is that there are many things you can do to take action to prevent an ant infestation from occurring in the future. Whether you’ve had an ant infestation problem before, or you’re just curious about how to keep ants out of your home, consider the following suggestions.
It may seem impossible to get rid of these creatures without spending a fortune on a professional pest control company. But before you call in the professionals, try these 10 simple pest control methods.
Water Cockroach Traps.
Cockroaches need water to survive. So a water cockroach trap is the easiest way to catch them. Simply fill a jar with water and place it in an area where roaches are likely to be. Once the cockroaches get into the jar, they can’t get out.
When it comes to roaches, there are several things you can do to make your home roach-proof. Cockroaches breed in dark, damp places. So make sure your home is regularly ventilated and fix any water leaks. Get rid of unnecessary trash and cluttered garbage cans, as these are perfect homes for roaches.
One last tip about roaches. They absolutely hate strong odors. Add a few drops of Listerine and peppermint essential oil to a spray bottle. Spray the solution along baseboards, under furniture, under the kitchen sink and anywhere you’ve seen a roach.
Cinnamon deters ants.
Ants don’t like strong odors, especially the smell of cinnamon. Coat cotton balls with cinnamon powder or cinnamon essential oil and place the balls in areas where ants are likely to enter, such as near windowsills and door frames.
Seal cracks and crevices.
Ants enter the house from the outside through cracks and crevices. Use caulk around the house to seal cracks and holes where ants can enter.
Use salt to kill fleas.
A favorite hiding place for fleas? Carpet. Sprinkle salt generously on the carpet; after a day or two, vacuum it up. The salt will dehydrate the fleas and kill them.
Keep pets out.
Fleas usually enter the home through pets. So make sure your pets take flea medication according to your veterinarian’s instructions. You can also buy a pet flea shampoo to get rid of fleas quickly.
Fruit Fly Traps.
Fruit flies can enter the home through open doors, windows and sink drains. Mix a few drops of apple cider vinegar and detergent in a bowl or jar to catch and kill fruit flies. Cover the top with cling film and make a hole. The flies will enter the jar but will not be able to escape.
To keep pests away from outdoor spaces, make a spray with water and a few drops of citronella essential oil. Spray it on patio furniture and decks. There are also citronella candles, but they are not as effective as essential oils.