DIY Pest Control Measures

Prevention is always better than cure. You have to figure out what it is that the pests are interested in, when they come into your home, so you can eliminate it. To prevent pests you need to do three important things – get rid of food sources, water sources and living areas.

One of the first steps is removing and cleaning up any food waste, standing water or clutter.  Additionally, also check the outside of your home to make sure you do not have anything that may be drawing pests to your home. Every home dweller has to eventually contend with pests such as insects, raccoons, and rodents. No need to fret: There are a few proven ways to deter and eradicate these little beasts. Here are the some of the best:

Ants

Keep ants away from your home with a mixture of borax and sugar. Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup borax in a jar. Punch holes in the jar’s lid, and sprinkle the mixture outdoors around the foundation of your home and around the baseboards inside your house. The ants will be attracted by the sugar and poisoned by the borax.

Rodents

Raw bacon or peanut butter makes great bait for a mousetrap. They ensure that a mouse will have to tug the trap to remove the bait. If you’re using peanut butter, dab some on the triggering device and let it harden before setting the trap. If bacon is your bait, tie it tightly around the triggering device.

Dust Mites

Tannic acid is the best neutralizer of allergens present in dust mite and animal dander. Dust problem areas with tannic acid powder, which is available at health food stores and pet centers.

Cockroaches

Food grade diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled in areas where roaches congregate, especially hidden or hard to reach areas. Harmless to people, the tiny particles cut the waxy exoskeleton and kills the insect within 48 hours. For a week or so after the treatment, the dehydrating insects will search more actively for water. Therefore, do not be surprised if you see more roaches after the treatment. Most roaches should be killed within two weeks of application.

Bed Bugs

If there is a bed bug infestation, a thorough cleaning and vacuuming of the room is absolutely essential. The most likely hiding places for bed bugs will be small cracks and crevices closest to where you sleep. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth along the edges of the bed frame and push some into the crevices with a screwdriver. Personal items such as stuffed animals, pillows, blankets, etc. should be vacuumed and placed in plastic bags for several weeks.

Always be careful to keep pest control concoctions out of the reach of children and pets.

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