4 ECO-FRIENDLY WAYS TO RID YOUR HOME OF PESTS
Although bug spray is known to be the most effective way to rid your home of pests, it is certainly not the safest. Not only does it negatively affect your health, but it affects the environment as well. It may seem daunting to give up the trusted pesticide, however, it is in your best interest to try less harmful measures when it comes to pest control.
Below are some of the top tips on how to rid your home of pests in an eco-friendly way.
Plant natural bug repellents
Think of your garden as the green guardians of your home. Having the right kind of plants surrounding the property will block bugs from entering your home. Plants such as mint, lavender, rosemary, basil and other herbs will naturally deter pests. Alternatively, you can wipe down your windowsills and frames with eucalyptus oil. In addition, pruning your garden will ensure that your backyard doesn’t become a breeding ground for pests.
Trade bug spray for bug spice
Although we affiliate spice with food, certain seasonings can be used as a natural pest repellent. Try sprinkling spices such as paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, black pepper, or turmeric on your windowsill. Pests are repelled by these spices and wouldn’t dare cross the line. If the pests have already entered your home, you can put cinnamon, bay leaves or cloves in a little bag to put in your cupboards, closets or any area in which you may need it.
Use natural cleaning products
As tedious as daily cleaning can be, it is the most vital part of the pest prevention process. Wiping down your counters and rearranging your linen and food cupboards regularly is another countermeasure you can take to prevent a bug infestation. Instead of using chemical-based cleaners, you can make your cleaner out of household items. The natural cleaner is a simple solution of ½ cup vinegar, 2 cups water and 10-15 drops of essential oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus. A daily measure you can take is to clean your counters and floors, as well as take out the trash as any traces of food can be a welcoming invitation to all bugs and pests.
Buy organic pest control sprays
If you’ve pulled out all the stops in trying to prevent pests from entering your home, and the problem persists, the next step would be to try and catch the pest and let it go far away from your home. However, not everyone has the stomach to be up-close and personal with bugs. In this instance, try one of the various eco-friendly bug sprays that are available either online or in certain stores, these sprays will do less damage to the environment and to your health.
If you find yourself with a pest problem and you’re thinking of selling your property, remember that it is important to disclose the matter as you, the seller, can be held liable, should it be proven that the issue was deliberately concealed from the buyer. Should the problem be unmanageable, arrange for a professional exterminator to take care of it for you. Alternatively, you can get in touch with a real estate professional who will be able to market your home accordingly to avoid being dishonest about the issue and falsely advertising your home.