Pests can be a headache when they invade your homemaking everyone uncomfortable and causing fear of spreading diseases.
The use of pesticides is the most preferable way to get rid of them, however considering the home being indoors the choice of pesticide must be carefully considered.
The safest pesticide to use is natural pesticides because of the following reasons;
They are environmentally friendly – With the recent crisis of global warming and climate change our greatest challenge is to reduce carbon footprint and by all means ‘go green’ and choosing natural pesticides over synthetic we can achieve that goal.
It’s a long term solution – Synthetic pesticides are known to produce instant results but when used for a long time makes the pests tolerant of the chemicals. However, natural pesticides have long term solutions.
Cheaper – Homemade natural pesticides are cheaper compared to synthetic bought in the stores.
Healthier – Natural pesticides are healthier alternatives, they do not affect your health or the health of your pets negatively.
More accessible – Due to the high increase in usage of the natural pesticides they are now more accessible.
Natural Methods of Repelling Pests
The strong garlic aroma is an incredible repellent for most pests. Most insects and bugs cannot stand the smell of garlic. It is easy to make by just crushing a few cloves add some water and spray to the areas where pests are.
- Essential Oils
Essential oils have been known to be useful for a variety reason including cleaning, mood enhancement, pleasant aromas, and solving health problems. They are also excellent repellants of a variety of pests and insects.
For example, peppermint oil repels flies, fleas, beetles, and ants. Lemongrass oil repels fleas, chiggers, and mosquitoes.
Thyme, citronella, patchouli, and saga are commonly used to repel pests that are inside the home. They are safe to touch and smell for human beings.
- Neem Oil
Neem Oil has been in use for centuries as a pest repellant. It is considered as among the most powerful bug repellant. It comes from a tree leaf.
You can place the Neem leaves in places where pests are likely to be or mix it water in a spray bottle.
- Himalayan Crystal Salt
Himalayan salt is known for salt baths. However, when it comes to pests it is most effective when it comes to snails and slugs.
Other uses of Himalayan Crystal salt is killing bed bugs when mixed with water and diatomaceous earth. It is also effective in killing black scale beetles, fleas and spider mites.
- Diatomaceous Earth
As explained above diatomaceous earth mixed with water and Himalayan crystal salt is effective in killing bedbugs.
It is also effective in treating various health conditions, and ensuring your garden is healthy. It dehydrates insects to death hence killing the present and ensuring there don’t come back. It can also be used to eradicate parasites in poultry and livestock.
- Citrus Smells
Citrus can be used as an oil or just the scent to repel pests. Allow the peels of grapefruits, lemon, and orange to sit in the areas where you see insects and bugs.
- Cayenne pepper
Hot spices can be very dangerous to some pests when they inhale or consume. To some, it turns out fatal for them. To effectively use them boil the pepper in water allow to cool then put in a spray bottle. Spray in the hiding areas of pests.
- Certain flowers
Certain flowers are pest’s repellants. For example, Marigold can be planted outside the house to repel bugs.
- Tobacco Spray
Before tobacco was used on cigarettes and dip it was used as a pest repellant. It is so strong and toxic that it can even kill some pests like lizard.
- Mint Plants or Mint Leaves
Mint repels pests like fleas, bedbugs and stink bugs away from the home by its strong smell. Most people plant it indoors or outside around the home compound to keep off these unwanted pests.
- Vegetable oil spray
Most homes have at least a bottle of vegetable oil used for cooking foods. These vegetable oil can be used as a pest’s control. All you need to do is mix the vegetable oil with water in a spray bottle then spray directly to the pests. The vegetable oil is known to suffocate insects killing them instantly.
- Purchasing a natural known and reputable pesticide
There are manufacturing companies that have embraced the use of natural pesticides that are authentic and effective. You can shop for such products and use them for the eradication of pests in the home. It’s important to read the instructions before use to ensure you are using the product as prescribed for best results.
- Consult Professionals
In the event, you are not able to completely eradicate the pests you can seek the services of professional pest controllers like Pest Exterminators to assist you to identify the source of the pests and eradicate them completely.
Natural pesticides are much safer regarding our health and the safety of others in the home like children and pets.