Eco-Friendly Ways to Rid Your House of Pests
Whether it is a spider or a cockroach, many of us shudder to think that there might be pests in our homes. While it is true that insects play one of the critical roles when it comes to the ecosystem, most of us would be more than happy to keep them, and other pests, out of our homes. Here is a quick look at some of the more common bugs and pests found in homes and a few ways to get rid of them while not subjecting yourself or your family to toxic chemicals.
Some of the more common pests that are found in and around Utah homes include things like:
- Wasps, Yellowjackets, Hornets
- Spiders: Including the black widow spider and the hobo spider among others
- Rodents: including house mice, Norway rat, Voles, and more
- Box Elder bugs
- Fleas and Ticks
- Crickets, slugs, snails, centipedes, millipedes, earwigs, and pillbugs
- Clothes moths, beetles, firebrats, and silverfish
- Stored product pests such as beetles, weevils, and moths
- Wood destroying pests such as termites and carpenter ants
Safe Pest Control
If you want to take the easy way out (and who doesn’t), you might think about checking out the pest control Utah residents use to eliminate pests both inside and outside homes. You don’t want any of them to get into your home because they could do harm to you, your family, and your belongings… aside from being, well… pests. Make sure when you call pest control in Utah that they use eco-friendly ways to get rid of any unwanted pests so that you are still doing your part to keep your carbon footprint small.
In the Garden
Some garden pests can be helpful, like bees. Other pests will cause turmoil in a garden and can kill all of your plants. A garden that is thriving and healthy can be its own defense against infestation by insects. If you think that there are harmful pests in your garden and they might be making their way into your home, you can take preventive measures. Some of the eco-friendly ways to do this include watering early in the day to keep the garden dry and reduce the risk of any sort of fungal damage, which means that there will be fewer insects. You also need to minimize the habitats of insects by making sure that your garden is free of weeds and debris.
Take it Out
When you are looking for eco-friendly ways to get rid of your household pests, one of the easiest ways (if you aren’t squeamish) is to capture the pests when you see them and release them outside. If the pest happens to be one that flies, open a window and leave the room, closing the door behind you so that it can find its own way out.
Keep it Clean
Dirty kitchens where there is food that is rotting can be a mecca for bugs, especially ants and cockroaches. You should always keep your kitchen clean and clean any sort of spilled drink or food that has been dropped immediately. Food waste needs to be bagged and then taken outside as soon as you can get it done. If that isn’t possible, use a kitchen garbage can with a lid.
Seal it Up
Even small holes can be a highway into your home for insects and bugs. Investigate the outside of your home to find any holes or gaps. Look closely around piping, vents, door frames, and windows. Seal anything you find with a non-toxic filler or sealant, or silicone caulk. For any gaps under doors, it would be a good idea to install some door sweeps.
Glue traps that are non-toxic can be an inexpensive and convenient way to rid your home of pests. Get a supply of them and leave them around the house in inconspicuous areas, targeting any problem areas you might have identified. This is a great way tp eliminate bugs and pests.
Keeping your home free from pests isn’t something that needs to be difficult. Be taking preemptive measures, you can keep them from getting in and once you get rid of them, it will be difficult for them to get back in.