You’re probably thinking, “Yeah right, what are you trying to sell?” The answer is nothing. Now that spring is coming and the cold weather is starting to wane. Those lovely creepy crawlers that lurk in the corners and give you nightmares will be out and about before you know it. First thing about “Do It Yourself Pest Control” is prevention. PREVENTION! That is key to keeping them away.
There are many ways to prevent the insects from infiltrating your dwelling. First, wipe down your counter tops and other kitchen surfaces to remove odors and food particles. If chemicals are not your thing, you can use a dilution of vinegar and water as your cleaning agent. Second, fix any and all leaky faucets. Insects, such as ants and roaches, are attracted to the leaks because they also need water to survive. If you don’t have jars or containers that seal well, get some. Place your dry goods (Ex: Cereal, Cookies, Sugar, Pasta, Rice) in jars or containers because insects need food as well to survive. Third, rinse out all the sauce jars and juice containers before placing in a recycling or trash receptacle. This is also considered a food source for the insects. Lastly, CLEAN YOUR DRAINS! We will get calls often saying that someone has fruit flies and cannot get rid of them. Clean your drains! They need to be cleaned out from all the food that was just washed off your dishes. It sits and accumulates in the pipes. Our suggestion is baking soda and vinegar. Let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes in the drain. The use boiling water to thoroughly clean out the drain pipe. Now that your drains have been cleaned, let’s address the fruit flies. Get some Apple Cider vinegar. Use a small glass and fill it with 2-3 inches of the apple cider vinegar. Cover it with plastic wrap and poke small holes in it. Fruit flies are attracted to the sweet smell of the apples.
Let’s tackle the outdoor pests. As previously mentioned in Mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and your backyard, there are quite a few plants that can be planted through out your yard and some even in plant containers inside your home to keep these flying buggers at bay. These are a few of the plants we suggest to help you better manage the warfare against mosquitoes, flies, gnats, chiggers, ticks, and fleas: Citronella, Marigolds, Catnip, Horsemint, Lemon Eucalyptus, Geraniums, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree.
You don’t always need toxic chemicals to rid yourself of the creepy crawling bugs.