Skip the exterminator and try these natural solutions to keep those pesky creatures away this summer....
The weather's heating up, and that means all sorts of creepy crawlies are about in force. Conventional pesticides are full of nasty chemicals linked to health concerns from ADHD in children to Parkinson's Disease in adults. Why spray harmful toxins when there are lots of natural solutions to keep those critters at bay?
Whether you're experiencing an ant invasion or encounter an unwanted four-legged guest, one of the best ways to put an end to the problem is to seal off their entry point. For smaller issues, a little silicone caulk should do the trick.
Are ants attacking your pets' food bowls? Start by sealing off their point of entry and using a damp cloth to get rid of any ants that remain in your house. Then, clean the floor thoroughly with hot, soapy water to eliminate the ants' trail.
Once you've cleaned things up, keep them from finding the food dish again by placing the food bowl into a shallow pan of soapy water.
Food is one of the main things that lures those critters into your home. Make sure you clear floors and counter tops of food debris after cooking and eating. Wiping down surfaces can go a long way toward keeping your home pest free!
Outside, you'll want to take care of any standing water, which just begs for mosquitoes. To deter pests from your fruit and veggie plants, try companion planting with beneficial vegetation like marigolds.
If you're experiencing a pest invasion, you might need to take further action. Here's a great recipe for a home made pesticide:
Who knew that beer was great at pest control?
Give it a go in your garden to control slugs and snails. You can also use stale beer to control fruit flies in your home and even in your kitchen compost bin.
Trap cockroaches and fruit flies with a two litre soda bottle and some beer! Cut the bottle in half, put vaseline on the inside of the top, then flip the top half so it forms a funnel and seat it back into the base. Fill with a few inches of beer, and you're ready to go!
If you've got an ant problem, a sure-fire way to get rid of those suckers is to kill the queen. Keep an eye on that weather forecast, and when you're expecting rain, sprinkle dry grits onto the anthill. The workers will bring the grits to the queen, and when she drinks the rainwater, the grits will expand in her stomach.
Anyone with a kitchen composting setup has probably dealt with fruit flies. The key to keep them out of your house is to use a compost bucket with a lid. Emptying the bucket into an outside bin every couple of days helps, too, if you have that as an option.
The same goes for your rubbish and recycling bins. Keep those things covered, and empty often!
Article provided by Lavender Pest Control