Roaches, fleas, and ants are usual pests in every house. A vast variety of market products is claiming that they can exterminate pests thoroughly.
But most of them are loaded with jarring chemicals, requiring you to leave the house for a couple of days, or sprinkling chemical toxins onto carpets, which could prove costly for your children or pets.
On the other hand, there is a host of other safer remedies for pest extermination you can choose for your home.
In addition to this article, we’ll present to you 12 different powerful ways and household products you can use, as well as how to maintain rather than good hygiene practice.
12 Efficient Methods for Pest Control
1. Dishwasher Detergent
According to RHP, dishwasher detergent acts like a poison for fleas. Also, you can wash your pet with it, as it kills fleas and thoroughly cleanses their fur.
Be advised, some animals have very sensitive skin, so make sure you use a formula that is natural and test a smaller area of the skin first.
Be advised, some animals have very sensitive skin, so make sure you use a natural formula and test it on a smaller area first.
Furthermore, you can prepare a trap for fleas, by pouring the detergent into a plate or a bowl that are shallow, and place a light bulb under, or a candle in the bowl.
Fleas are attracted to light, so once you’ve done that, sit back and watch the fleas getting trapped inside it through the week.
2. Launder and Vacuum Clean
In order to dispose of the fleas successfully, you need to extinguish their larvae and eggs, so spend a day to clean all areas they could live in, WikiHow explains.
Wash all your affected clothes, beddings, soft rugs like bathroom mats etc. but pay attention to the favorite blankets of your pet. Fleas tend to lay their eggs in the covers and the stuffing, so you might want to contemplate getting a new bed and throwing the old one out.
Moreover, thoroughly vacuum, covering all the dark areas in the house, the natural habitat of fleas.
3. Sprinkle Salt on Carpets
A simple salt layer on the carpets dehydrates and kills fleas that live in them, according to Rapid Home Remedies. For this you’ll need to use salt from a fine ground, spray the entire carpet with it and leave it for a couple of days, vacuuming it thoroughly at the end.
4. Make a Natural Spray for Fleas
If you followed the steps carefully, you should have the upper hand in the initial fight against the flea population. In addition, you can make a natural spray at home to hold the fleas at bay, using citronella and oil from rosemary.
These two products are perfectly safe for home use because they don’t hold any abrasive chemicals. Be advised not you use rosemary powder/oil on cats, as it may have unfavorable reactions.
5. Household Products That Fend Off Ants
If you can spot the entry point of the ants into your home, unfurl a line of duct tape, talcum powder, or petroleum jelly across it, WikiHow suggests.
Also, you can wipe the ant-trails clean using moderated cinnamon oil, or just put cinnamon/ cloves on the ground close to all the entries. Ant colonies sense the chemical scent left by another ant, providing themselves with perfect path-movement coordination.
To remove those scents and stop the process, spray some fresh lemon juice, moderated peppermint oil or white vinegar across the trails. Readers Digest recommends that you draw a line around every entry point using chalk because calcium carbonate repulses ants.
When you’re on a picnic, place containers filled with water under each table leg. Those annoying ants will surely be disabled to climb on the table.
6. Ant Traps
Mixing 3parts of sugar powder with 1 part of Borax is a lethal combination, according to DIY Natural. Ants are attracted by sugar and poisoned by Borax. Once they consume the poison, they carry it home, contaminating the rest of the colony.
Another lethal ant trap is honey. We already mentioned that ants are attracted by sugar, but once they stick to honey, they can’t get out.
7. Discover the Ant’s Nest
Be advised about the ant types, as some of them can inflict pain by biting you and are very aggressive. In the ecological system, ants play an essential role, and destroying the whole nest should be your last option, in case all the others failed you.
For this, you can use either use hot water or a solution of methylated spirits and camphor oil. Pour it in the nests’ entry point, it will flood the tunnels and exterminate the colony.
All for which aim is to exterminate the nests’ queen, accountable for reproduction of the colony.
8. Dehydrate the Roaches
According to WikiHow, substantiate that there are no any leaks of liquids around the house because, without water, roaches can’t last longer than a week.
That way roaches are more prone to gnaw on any liquids you’ll use as a bait for them. The same applies to grease and food, so keep your kitchen and stovetops clean at all times.
9. Scare the Roaches Off
Identically as ants, there is a host of natural chemicals roaches can’t bear. Listerine, lemon, cucumber, mint oil and bay leaves are among them.
You can make your own solutions to ward off roaches, by mixing these ingredients (by choice) and sprinkling them on the inflicted areas of the house.
10. Use Roach Traps
Not only there are a variety of market products you can use as roach traps, but also you can make them yourself. A recipe from WikiHow suggests mixing flour and boric acids with sugar.
This approach requires several weeks of work but does magic if you can keep your composure.
11. Homemade Roach Spray
A very simple way to extinguish roaches is to use a mixture of soap and water. Spraying the solution over them creates a layer around their shell, efficaciously smothering them.
A rather fast and efficient method that doesn’t hold any chemicals. Correspondingly, get it rid of the roaches before the water dries off, as they can recover from it.
12. Make Your Roach Baits
Cockroaches are attracted to coffee in the same fashion they are to water and are willing to walk great distances to acquire them.
Try putting a half-full jar of water near where you’ve detected them and add a few coffee beans. Roaches will climb up the jar to nibble on it, not being able to climb out.
You can make another bottle trap using the same principle, only instead of water, use soda.
In conclusion, we recommend using natural home remedies prior to insecticide bombs or bug sprays, as they are less hazardous to us and the environment.