Pest Prevention Practices
When bugs, insects, rodents, or other pests invade your home, they’re usually looking for food, warmth, or shelter. If you’re looking to keep these creatures from coming inside or even near your home, here are some practical ways you can possibly prevent that from happening before having to call your pest control specialist.
The most practical thing you can do to prevent pests from entering your home is keeping it clean. Specifically, wipe down countertops in the kitchen and dining areas with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water. This will eliminate food odors and particles that attract bugs. Sweep regularly and dispose of crumbs in a trash can with a lid. In your sink, clean out any leftover food in the drain. Pour ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup vinegar down the drain. Boil a few cups of water while the baking soda and vinegar work for a minimum of five minutes, then pour the boiling water down the drain to clear everything out.
Insects and other pests need water to survive just like we do, so check your kitchen sink, bathrooms, and basements for any leaks and fix them. Seal any crevices and holes around drains with silicone caulk, plaster, or cement. Fix any openings in walls with expanding insulation foam. If your pipes are producing condensation, wrap insulation foam and tape around the pipe. Taking these measures will keep your home from being a watering hole for roaches and other bugs alike.
In addition to general cleanliness and sealing up potential pest entryways, there are some pest repellent solutions and remedies you can make and try at home. The first solution is a general pest spray that may be used to try and prevent a variety of bugs and insects from entering your home.
GENERAL PEST SPRAY
Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons liquid peppermint Castile soap, 1 Quart of Water
1. Mix soap and water together.
2. Spray on countertops, baseboards, and plants.
If your pest problem is focused specifically on ants, you may want something to target them more directly. In this case, some say spreading coffee grounds around ant entryways in and outside of your home will prevent them from entering for a time. Maybe long enough to make an appointment with a pest control specialist, but coffee grounds won’t kill or dissolve your ant problems forever. If you don’t want to waste coffee grounds, there’s another homemade solution you can try specifically targeted for ants.
BORAX AND SUGAR ANT KILLER
Ingredients: ½ Cup Sugar, 1 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons of Borax
1. Mix ingredients and pour into a small dish.
2. Place the dish directly in the line of ants.
Maybe your home isn’t where the bugs are causing problems for you. If you have a garden, chances are insects and pests are doing much more damage than they are seeking crumbs and warmth inside your home. This garden spray has been used by homeowners to prevent bugs and other creatures from destroying their plants.
GARDEN PEST SPRAY
Ingredients: 2 whole heads of garlic; cloves separated and peeled, 3 cups of mint leaves (stems included), 2 teaspoons dry cayenne pepper, 12 cups water, 2 small squirts of biodegradable dishwashing liquid
1. Add the garlic and mint to a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
2. Transfer mixture to a large pot and add the cayenne and 12 cups of water.
3. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let sit overnight.
4. Strain into a couple spray bottles (or gallon garden sprayer) and add the two small squirts of dish soap.
These DIY tips and tricks are potential temporary pest control solutions and preventions. Cleaning, repairing, and preparing before peak pest seasons are recommended practices. However, there are many other factors that cause pest infestations and problems. Pests of all kinds can cause great damage and spread disease throughout your home. The only guaranteed way to prevent and protect your home from bugs, insects, and critters of all kinds is through professional pest control specialists in your area.