How can I control pests naturally? How can you control pests without pesticides? What is a good way of deterring pests?
They say that the best offense is a good defence and no truer word has been spoken when it comes to controlling pests naturally. If you want to keep a handle on the pests and prevent them from taking over your home without pesticides, then there are a number of things that you’re going to need to do.
Fortunately, if you follow the steps in this article, you should have a very good chance at preventing a pest infestation altogether. That said, it’s important to remember that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, when pests want in, they will find a way!
In any case, this article will tell you everything you need to know about natural pest control.
How can I control pests naturally?
So, how do you control pests naturally? If you don’t want to litter your home with pesticides and rodent poison and all other manner of nasty materials, then there is an alternative solution: personal pest control / pest prevention.
In this article, we’ll list all of the things that you can do to your home to make it both unattractive for pests and practically impenetrable.
How can you control pests without pesticides?
Controlling pests without pesticides is easy enough. Of course, if you are reading this and you already have a serious pest infestation then it will be difficult to rid your home of the pests without any form of pesticide or extermination method.
If you have a rodent problem, you can use a number of different rat traps (some more humane than others). And some of the best bait for a rat trap are foods that you will likely have in your kitchen. It’s not necessarily the “natural” approach, but it’s better than using poisons and pesticides.
However, if you are simply doing some research and taking every precaution to prevent an infestation in the future, then here’s how you can control pests without pesticides:
What is a good way of deterring pests?
There are a number of good ways of deterring pests from entering your home. Here’s everything you need to know:
- Keep your kitchen clean: This should be a given, however, when you are busy with work, looking after your family, cooking, and all of the other responsibilities that come with being an adult (fun), it can be easy to leave the kitchen in a mess and worry about it tomorrow. Don’t do that. The best pest prevention tactic is to keep your kitchen clean and that means wiping down the sides, sweeping the floors, and washing the dishes after use. Once you are in the habit of keeping your kitchen clean it’s actually relatively easy to stay on top of it. The trick is to simply not allow the cleaning work to pile up unnecessarily. Fact is – pests love a free smorgasbord of food waste and crumbs so don’t give them the excuse to enter your home.
- Keep your bathroom clean: Another important room to keep clean is the bathroom. When you have water pooling and stagnating around the toilet for example, it’s a free and easy water source for pests such as roaches. If you stay on top of the bathroom cleaning and keep it immaculate and dry after us, you’ll have a much easier time of keeping the pests away. Simply put –do not allow water to stand and stagnate unless you want mozzies and roaches.
- Eat your fruit before they become overripe: Leaving overripe fruit in a bowl and forgetting about them is another sure way of attracting fruit flies and other pests. Either eat your fruit in good time or bin it as soon as it starts to go bad and is no longer edible for humans – but a delicious treat for pests. Again, don’t give them the excuse.
- Take the trash out regularly: First of all, it’s worth investing in a decent quality trash can that seals properly and prevents strong odours. In any case—particularly if you have food waste in the bin—you should take the trash out of an evening when you are settling down. Leaving a bin full of rotting food and other waste is only going to attract the unwanted attention of pests!
- Keep your garden well maintained: Keep your garden nice and well maintained. If you’ve got a jungle out there, then it’s going to attract plenty of pests that like hiding in tall grass. With such a wonderful nest in such close proximity to your home, you’ll have a much greater chance of pests finding their way into your home and ruining your day! Fill in holes, cut the grass, keep your pond-water circulating, prune your plants and trees, and cut any branches back that are looming too close to your windows (rodents are quite athletic and will make it through an open window from several feet away).
- Invest in fly-screens: If you want to keep your windows open and have plenty of fresh air circulating through the house then it’s worth investing in some fly-screens. This is the best way of keeping the flies and other pests out without having to keep your windows sealed shut all year round.
- De-clutter your home: Not only does a clutter home mean a cluttered mind, but it also creates plenty of nesting opportunities for pests. Get rid of all of the crap that you don’t need. Host a yard sale, donate to charity, sell your unused items online – do whatever you need to do to keep your home clean and free of clutter and the pests will have fewer places to hide.
As you can see from the list above, there is much that you can do to keep the pests out of your home. Prevention is the most natural means of pest control available (e.g., going around your home and sealing up any small cracks in the walls and windowsills / sealing all of your food in plastic containers). If you follow tips like this, then the likelihood is that you’ll never need to call in the experts to assist you.
In any case, if you do find yourself overwhelmed with a pest infestation and you don’t know what to do, contact a humane pest control service such as Expert Pest Control. If you want a natural and pesticide-free approach to clearing your home out, that’s the way to go about it.