We all know prevention is the best medicine, but it’s also the best cure for pests who may be trying to sneak into your home. Now that summer is close, many Florida homeowners are looking for ways to get rid of creepy crawlies. Of course, the best way to avoid pests is not to let them gain access to your home in the first place. But what happens if they do find their way in? Running out to your local home improvement store for harsh chemicals may not be the way to go when you have small children and/or pets. Let’s look at some natural ways you can protect your home while keeping it pest free.
This fine powder is the ground up fossils of aquatic organisms called diatoms and binds to most bugs, dries out their exoskeletons, causes them to dehydrate, and die. It is important to use food grade DE because it is uncalcinated. (Has not been pre-heated.) Simply sprinkle DE anywhere you see pests, including over anthills in your yard. just make sure to reapply after watering or rain. Diatomaceous earth can be used to treat:
Similar in composition to diatomaceous earth, boric acid has drying components that dehydrate the pests that want to invade your home. Unlike DE though, boric acid mixed with a simple sugar will actually poison pests. For a simple bait, dissolve 1 teaspoon of boric acid into 6 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups of water. Soak cotton balls in the solution, put on an inverted jar lid, and then place in a high traffic pest area. Replace as the cotton balls dry out. Remember to be patient with this bait. It may take 2 or more weeks to work. Do not allow small children or pets ingest the boric acid. Boric Acid works on:
Essential oils are a great tool to have in your arsenal against pests! 10-15 drops can be mixed in a glass spray bottle with a squirt of laundry soap and 2-4 cups of distilled water and sprayed around the home depending on the pest you are looking to get rid of.
Planting specific herbs and flowers around your house can stop creepy crawlies from entering your home in the first place, much in the same way essential oils work. It is believed that during high temperatures, (thank you Florida!) tiny globules in the plant become volatile, evaporating the essential oils and turning them into vapors. Many of these can even keep rodents away! The most popular pest repellent plants include:
We hope these tips help you reduce or even eliminate the need for harsh chemicals when dealing with pests. Whether inside or out, you have natural options to help keep ants, roaches, mosquitoes, and even rodents away from your home. You can protect your home from these tiny invaders while keeping a safe environment for your children and pets.