Repel These Pests Naturally Between Professional Pest Control Treatments

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Keeping roaches and other pests out of your home tends to be a continuous task, even when a pest control company treats the place on a regular basis. You'll likely find that it's essential to personally do a little leg work throughout the year if you want to keep bugs out of sight between those professional visits – here are a few awesome natural pest control options to consider for three common house bugs that are sure to provide results without any harmful side effects:

Common Ants

When it's hot and moist outdoors at any time throughout the year, you are likely to find ants trying to make their way inside the house. You can keep them away by making sure that sweet items like syrup, sugar, jam, and even fruit, are never left on countertops or in cupboards. Keep it all in the fridge, or at the very least transfer the sweet stuff to sealable containers that can't be penetrated by small pests. Try a few of these options as well:

  • Create a solution of equal parts vinegar and water in a reusable spray bottle and saturate the windowsills, door openings, and countertops to stop ant trails in their tracks.
  • Direct ants back outdoors by smearing some honey on a rock or some concrete in a few places around your home – make sure that the honey is located a few feet away from its border.
  • Rub peppermint oil around any areas where food is kept in your home to disrupt communication scents that the scouts leave behind. You can also spray a mixture of peppermint oil and water around all the entrances of your home to make the space less attractive to ants.

For the best results, it's a good idea to incorporate all of these tactics at the same time as soon as you notice ant trails start to form.

Ugly Cockroaches

Roaches tend to be the most dreaded pests for homeowners, in part because they are so ugly, but also because they typically leave behind excessive excrement as they travel and scavenge. Any excrement that's left behind can result in side effects, like bacteria buildup and breathing issues, if someone in your household is exposed. Roaches happen to be pretty hard to kill, which means that your most effective pest control option is keeping them from entering your home in the first place. You can use these techniques to get the job done:

  • Incorporate a thin layer of gravel into your landscape by spreading it directly around the exterior of your home – this will reduce moisture buildup and minimize the attraction of roaches.
  • Leave a bay leaf or two in spaces near entrances to your home where cockroaches may enter to keep them from scavenging the area.
  • Make some homemade non-toxic roach spray that can be used to kill the ones you see. Simply mix a cup of water with a few drops each of peppermint and cypress essential oils in a reusable spray bottle. Shake the concoction well before each use.

It is also important to keep cardboard, firewood, and other convenient roach hiding resources away from the immediate vicinity of your home.

Bothersome Crickets

Crickets can get annoying quickly after infiltrating the home, and if they can't be caught, sleeping might not come easily for anyone in the household. And even if you can keep crickets happy outside the house, there's a chance that your veggies and flowers won't fare well. But with the help of the following tips and tricks, you can naturally keep crickets out and away from your house for good:

  • Made from the skeletons of ancient algae, diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled on the carpets and upholstered furnishings to dehydrate crickets so they can't survive inside.
  • Find a clean jug with a small opening and fill it with 10 parts water to 1 part molasses – crickets will jump right into the jug for a gulp of the sweet treat and end up getting trapped inside. You can then take the jugs out and empty them several yards from your home.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and a couple drops of liquid soap and then regularly spray areas in the immediate vicinity of your gardens to keep crickets from eating them – you can also spray crickets directly to get rid of the ones already taking up residence in the garden.

A fun and tasty way to keep crickets from hanging out around your home is to plant herbs, such as basil and cilantro, and spices like garlic in pots and place them in various locations around the yard.

As long as these tactics are used regularly, you should see a noticeable reduction in pest problems between your professional pest control treatments. 

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24 February 2016

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