Top 5 Pest Extermination Tips for Homeowners

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imagesIf there’s one thing that all of us have in common, it’s the fact that we don’t want pests in our home. Whether it’s ants, flies, roaches or mice, we all what to do whatever it is that we can in order to make sure that they stay as far from the rooms in our house as possible. And while one thing that can be done to keep pests at bay is to hire an exterminator, the reality is that they oftentimes use very harsh chemicals that can prove to be toxic. Plus, they cost money too.

That’s why we wanted to provide you with a list of pest extermination things that you can do on your own; ones that are cheap, eco-friendly and still just as effective as if you had hired a professional. Check these out below:

Vinegar. It’s pretty amazing, all of the things that vinegar can do in your home. One of them is remove pests like ants, cockroaches and even ladybugs (that tend to hibernate in homes during the wintertime). All you have to do is spray some in the areas where you see ants moving about, cockroaches climbing or ladybugs flying around. Vinegar works in a matter of moments.

Boric acid. Something that’s considered to be toxic for most insects is boric acid. The best way to apply it is to purchase the powder form, put on some gloves and then sprinkle it along the opening of your doors and also your windowsills. This will not only kill the insects that are already in your house but prevent others from coming in too.

Cornmeal. Although typically we associate cornmeal with baking, you might be surprised to know that it’s actually an ant’s enemy. That’s because their bodies are not meant to digest it and so once they eat it and it gets into their systems, it’s just a matter of time before they expire as a direct result. This is also something that you should sprinkle anywhere you’ve seen ants before.

DIY fly paper. Flies are not only annoying, they also tend to carry a lot of germs. So, if you see a couple flying around in your house, that’s your cue to make some of your own fly paper. All you need to do is mix ½ cup of corn syrup, one tablespoon of granulated sugar and one tablespoon of brown sugar into a bowl. Mix it all together and then put strips of brown Kraft paper into the mixture. Allow the strips to soak overnight. In the morning, poke a small hole into the top of each strip and then hang them on a string in the areas where you’ve seen the flies. In a couple of hours, you should notice less buzzing and more flies on your strips.

Peppermint oil. Two kinds of pests that tend to get the biggest reactions out of people are spiders and mice. And while you might feel like when it comes to both of them, it would be best to call a place like Forsyth Exterminating to get rid of them, you might be surprised by the fact that all you need is a little bit of peppermint oil. Although it does not necessarily kill these pests, if you spray some on the areas where you see spiders or their cobwebs or if you douse some cotton balls in them and place them wherever you’ve noticed a mouse, because they loathe the scent, it’s a good way to keep them from dwelling in your house. For more information on other natural ways to control pests, visit One Good Thing By Jillee and pet “pest control methods” in the search field.