All-natural ways to manage pests in and around your home

Your home is going to have its fair share of insect and bug visitors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to prevent them from coming to join you on the couch. There are so many chemicals and dangers associated with using traditional pesticides, however. What can you do? Natural methods of pest control can help you build barriers in your home and discourage the presence of all sorts of home pests. Let’s take a look at some all-natural options for you. Put these things in your home-pest-control arsenal.

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Soapy water

A very simple method of pest control is simple soap and water. It can remove traces of foods or other residues that lure household pests like ants or mice. If you see evidence of these pests in your kitchen or bathroom, take some time to wash down the area.

Heat

Heat kills many pests at all stages of the life cycle, so put it to good use. For pests that like your fabrics, such as dust mites or fleas, wash towels and bed linens in hot water and dry on high heat to kill them off.

Steam cleaning can also help remove traces of residues that attract pests and kill eggs and larval-stage household pests. A steam cleaner for your curtains or even a steam mop for flooring goes a long way to getting rid of some common pests.

Diatomaceous earth

For insects with an exoskeleton or those with soft bodies, diatomaceous earth is deadly. It’s harmless to humans and pets, but it can cause dehydration and injury to insects, leading to death within as little as 48 hours.

Sprinkle it out of sight in places where insects often hang out. The tops and backs of cabinets can help cut down on insect populations naturally in your kitchen, for example. Sprinkle it behind furniture to help deal with fleas.

Sprinkle it on your mattress and leave it overnight to help cut down on dust mite populations or use it as a carpet treatment to deal with fleas and ticks in your carpets and hiding on soft furniture.

Natural oils

Strong-smelling oils often deter insects, so using natural remedies could help seal your house against them. Peppermint and citrus, for example, will help repel ants, while cedar is a natural flea deterrent.

You can use the essential oils to make it easier to store your pest-control arsenal. Blend peppermint and citrus oils for a quick spray, adding water and a splash of isopropyl alcohol to help preserve them.

You can also use dried spices like cayenne pepper to create natural barriers that insects won’t cross both indoors and outside.

Sticky traps

Sticky traps are a natural way to catch insects such as pantry moths or other flying insects. There are no chemicals for your children or pets to get into, but sticky traps ensure that insects go in and never come out.

These work well in out-of-the-way places because they can be unsightly in your decor. Children and pets can get into them and get a sticky mess all over their fingers or fur. However, you can worry a little less knowing that there are no chemicals involved.

White vinegar

Vinegar is another way to help ensure that your home is inhospitable to insects. Combine it with essential oils to create a natural cleaning solution for your kitchen and bathroom. You can also combine it with diatomaceous earth to help rid your mattress of dust mites and other microscopic pests.

Vacuuming

There’s so much you can do to deter pests just by vacuuming. It can help get rid of stink bugs without triggering the odor, for example, and removes fleas. Few insects can survive being vacuumed up, so get to work along with some of the other methods we’ve mentioned.

If you’re vacuuming for pest control, ensure that you empty the canister immediately after you finish and take the bag to the outside trash can. This ensures that if any insects did survive, they can’t return to your house. Also, eggs won’t be able to hatch inside your vacuum or indoor trash can.

Helping your home stay pest-free

You don’t have to resort to heavy-duty chemicals to rid your home of common household pests. These options help you deter pests and keep your children and pets safe. Natural home-pest control is a simple option for deterring pests that could be in your kitchen cabinets.

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For the best results, combine a few different options to help cover your bases. Having a few different options could help ensure that bugs and other pests are safely under control and keep the rest of your household safe. Remove the worry and go all-natural.

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