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Cheap Ways to Get Rid of Household Pests

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Scary crawling things that squeal or thud in the night are every home owner’s nightmare. Bugs that are commonly found in homes include ants, earwigs, flies, house centipedes, cockroaches, silverfish, and spiders. If you are a pet owner, the other pests that you will be dealing with can be ticks and fleas. The good news is that there are verified ways to stop, discourage, and treat home infestations.

Clean Up

A preventative measure can help stop a problem from rising while getting rid of the existing ones too. When it comes to pest elimination, the best way to go about it is to clean up and keep unwanted bugs as well as rodents away from your house. Bugs can be found in the kitchen where food crumbs can collect. Remember to clean the kitchen sink and the tub pipes; drain flies tend to live in the drains and then get out to look for food. You can use a drain cleaner or any regular basis to keep the pest from coming back. It is vital to wear a chemical protective suit whenever using hazardous cleaning materials.

Use Vinegar Spray

Try using vinegar and water spray if you are dealing with an ant problem. Ants hate the smell of some specific things; try cleaning the surfaces using vinegar. Mix approximately one portion of water and one portion vinegar in a spray bottle. Locate the ants and follow their path and comprehend where they are going in. Spray their entry point and along with doors and windows. Repeat the process until you get rid of all the ants.

DIY Baits

You can use traps to monitor or spot pest populations, catch or identify pets. The best way to get rid of mice is by using a mousetrap. The traditional wooden snap traps will help you deal with light to a reasonable mouse population. Don’t take the mice infestation for granted by placing a few traps. It is a good idea to use multiple types of traps to get a better chance of catching all of the mice. You can make some homemade traps to get rid of the pests in your home too. If you are being troubled by fruit flies and cockroaches, try to create a home bug trap by cutting off the upper part of a plastic soda bottle, overturn it, and tape it to the bottle slot to create a cone into the container.

Dry up Damp Areas

Apart from food, bugs also come to your home in search of water. Home intruders like silverfish, house centipedes, and springtails live hanging out in soggy areas. Therefore, the best way to get rid of them is by thoroughly drying out the damp area. Fix any leaky taps, pipes or drains. Ensure that your air conditioner, laundry machine, and the dryer are all in good working condition. Remember to run a dehumidifier in moist areas of the house.

Seal Up Cracks and Openings

Sealing your home can prevent it from being infested by pests. Unsealed doors, torn screens, and cracked walls all act as an entire way for insects and other pests. Caulk all the cracks or repair them. Consider adding new weather stripping around your door to keep out the pesky bugs.

A more significant number of pests are a genuine cause of concern because they can harm your family and pets. Apart from spreading diseases, pests can also reduce the value of your house. But with the above efforts, you can improve your property and save yourself some money that could have been used to repair property damaged by pests.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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