Sharing your abode with unwanted creatures can quickly turn a happy home into a nightmare. Whether you live in an upscale condo or no-frills rural homestead, the problem of contending with wildlife is a very real one. In fact, the pest control market revenue was approximately 7.5 billion dollars in 2014 alone.
Dealing with a wildlife or pest infestation is daunting for many. In no time at all, these unwanted visitors can overrun your home and your life. Failing to deal with the problem, or doing the job ineffectively can lead to re-infestation or health issues for you and your family. We’re here to help you find out how to get rid of pests and regain control of your home.
In places with high humidity, mosquitoes can be both a bother and disease risk. These pests are notorious carriers for diseases like Zika, West Nile, malaria, dengue fever and many more. In non-tropical areas of the world, it can be easy to forget the disease-carrying potential of these insects, but the threat is real regardless of latitude coordinates.
To get rid of mosquitoes, one of the most important steps is getting rid of any standing water. Puddles, stagnant ponds, and other still waters are breeding areas for mosquitoes. To repel mosquitoes while you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors, consider making some diy floating candles. People also have success with citronella candles or torches, as well as garlic or other herbs.
There’s an old joke about that cockroaches are going to be the only thing that survives the nuclear fallout, and there’s some truth in that. They’ve been a nuisance for basically all of history, and will continue to be long after we’re gone. only do they generally elicit revulsion and disgust, they can also trigger certain health conditions, such as asthma. Since cockroaches often operate stealthily, the fact that you see one means there’s a good chance there are lots more where it came from.
These insects are commonly found in garbage or places where food matter is left out. They’re especially attracted to sugar, grease, meat, and cheese, making them a notorious annoyance in kitchens and restaurants. To decrease your chances of a roach infestation, properly dispose of any and all food or biodegradable material, and take the trash out regularly. The longer trash stays in the house, the more enticing the area becomes to roaches.
If you do have roaches. identify where they’re coming in and fill the area with caulk or another roach-proof material. Things like gel bait or boric acid can also help to reduce their numbers. In addition, herbal applications like catnip have demonstrated promise due to the natural insect-repellants produced in the plant.
A rat infestation is among the worst problems that a homeowner can encounter. They’re well-known to absorb disease and spread it wherever they may inhabit. This is because the bacteria propagate in their gut and contaminates their surroundings through urine or fecal excrement. They may also introduce fleas or other pests into your home, and destroy the house’s infrastructure with chewing.
Getting rid of rats should consist of a multi-pronged approach. First, get rid of any points of entry. Look for holes around the house and take notice of oily smears or smudges around the corners. This is indicative of rats, since their hair becomes dirty and rubs on the walls surrounding the point of entry.
In addition to traps, some people use onions, bay leaves, and/or pepper spray as deterrents. Rats have an acute sense of smell and are repelled by the chemicals within these natural materials. Cats are also great deterrents. If you don’t want a cat, consider using cat hair or owl feathers to help repel rats and rodents. The scents of these natural predators will elicit fear from the rats and make the area less appealing.
Don’t try to remove skunks on your own. It simply won’t end well. This is an instance where removing wildlife effectively and humanely is paramount. They’re generally harmless mammals but can be the source of foul smells. Since skunks are key players in the ecosystem and rarely pose real danger, it’s best not to harm or kill them. In fact, they feed on mice and small insects, both of which pose a greater threat to your home and health.
First and foremost, you want to remove any holes or entry points that would attract a skunk that’s looking to start a family. Then, getting rid of them is usually a matter of eliminating attractants like easily accessible food. If you have a garden, try putting a cage or gate around any crops. Adding deterrents like citrus peels, pepper spray, or fox/dog urine around the premises will also help repel skunks.
These insects breed in the mattress and bedding of sleeping areas. High-risk places include beds with a high amount of traffic, such as those found in hostels or hotels. Their numbers have increased dramatically since the 1950’s, likely due to increased travel.
Getting rid of these bugs should involve high-heat treatment of the mattress and bedding. To increase the effect, consider using essential oils like lavender, clove, and peppermint.
If you’ve had a major pest infestation, check with your home warranty provider. If you have damage, you may be able to get it repaired for free, or a greatly reduced rate.