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How To Protect Your House Against The Invasion Of Pests – 3 Easy Steps

Bugs and creepy crawlers can be any homeowner’s worst possible nightmare. If left untreated, these little pests can infest your entire home quickly and start building nests all over before you know it. Thankfully, there are plenty of home remedies that you can resort to in order to purge your house of these bugs.

essential-oilEven though chemical-based products such as sprays, poisonous baits and repellents have been proven to be extremely effective against these invaders, you or your pet might accidentally ingest it. Being exposed to these chemicals over time may lead to a plethora of adverse health effects, the worst of which is cancer. If possible, you should avoid using these chemical laced products as much as you can.

Certain household products are actually good enough to be used as a moderate repellent against bugs, including roaches. Did you know that just a dab of essential oil on the surface of your kitchen counter, as an example, is enough to keep a roach from coming anywhere near it? Besides that, it’s also a good idea to keep any unfinished food as soon as possible back in your fridge or at least don’t just leave them lying around, regardless of whether they’re still edible or not. Cockroaches have an extremely keen sense of smell and the moment they detect any leftovers, they’ll be prowling the area, waiting for it to be safe before they emerge.

roachThis does not apply only to roaches. Most pests are constantly on the hunt for food, so you’ll want to wrap up your food or keep them covered until you’re ready to eat them. Even raw food ingredients aren’t safe from roaches. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way, this is how you get rid of roaches. For those who wish to resort to home remedies, read on.

It’s also a great idea to clean up after yourself. Dark and damp places are actually ideal locations for many types of pests (especially roaches) to breed. Both mosquitoes and cockroaches for example have a higher need for water. Mosquitoes need still water for breeding whilst roaches need water more than other bugs to survive. If you leave a sink clogged up or puddles of water lying about, do not be surprised to see more of these bugs around. Unrefined food like sugar, salt, pepper, flour and more are also prime targets for the nasty pests.

Likewise, certain locations in your house might be much more prone to pests like rats and roaches. These include cracks in the wall or floorboard as they can easily squeeze themselves through these places and hide until they deem it safe to resurface. You’ll be surprised at how easily a bug with collapsible vertebrae such as roaches is able to squeeze through the narrowest of gaps or holes.

Whilst ants aren’t as annoying or scary as say a flying roach, they are some of the fastest breeders that you’ll ever see. If you don’t stomp them out, soon you won’t only see the occasional line of ants transporting food back to their nests. Instead, your walls and even ceilings will be full of these crawlers as they make their way back and forth the many holes and gaps in your walls or ceiling. Ants and to a certain extent, termites are also attracted to little crumbs lying about. Because ants eat almost everything we eat, fruits, nuts and basically anything sweet will attract them easily. Despite what it may seem to be a contrary solution, you could repel these bugs by using certain foods. Leaving garlic or pepper around frequent ant infestation locations is great for keeping them away. At least this way, you don’t have to deal with the mess of cleaning up after these pests when you kill them.

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It’s similarly a wise idea to patch up any holes you see around the doors and windows of your house. Pests and bugs usually make their way into a home. It is rare for these pests to be able to burrow themselves into your home unless there’s a significant defect in your house’s foundation. So, if you’re able to seal off these entry points effectively, there wouldn’t even be a chance for these pests to make their way into your home in the first place.

Just remember this: as long as there’s no source of food or water for these bugs, it’s extremely unlikely that they’ll return after you clear them out the first time around. After all, there’s simply no reason for them to invade your house if they can’t survive in it.