Pest problems are rampant regardless of where you choose to live. It only matters how you maintain the environment in your house. Most pest control solutions seem to favor chemical based products and these unfortunately tend to be frowned upon. We do not specifically endorse the act of using chemicals to combat pests, because let’s face it, it takes time for the little critters to get killed from the poison that you feed them and in that period of time (however short), they might be spreading it all over your house, on your utensils or plates whereby you might unknowingly ingest the poison yourself. It is only when all else fails that we resort to poisonous baits and the like to control these pest problems.
Now, let’s start with the natural ways of killing these bug by using homemade solutions. The thing you have to take note of is that not every so-called home remedy is universally effective against the many pests that you’ll encounter in your home. More often than not, each remedy is only specifically effective when used against one certain type of bug. Roaches, for example, absolutely hate chrysanthemum based products, so you could even spray the corners or places where you frequently see them with say a chrysanthemum spray. Even leaving chrysanthemum tea bags or leaves about is sufficient to keep them away for as long as they’re there.
Most bait and traps that you see being used by even professionals are exactly what they look like – plain old glue. With just some food as bait, and a whole lot of glue, you’ll be able to create your own glue trap, which can easily be used to trap roaches, flies, fleas and even spiders. Glue traps aren’t that effective against ants however since these bugs can’t fly and land or drop onto the glue. Ants would merely crawl near it, prod it with their feelers and move around it.
For ants, you could either use Boric acid to kill them, or if you’re merely looking to ward these bugs off, you could try using a pest barrier, which is like a net installation with holes that are small enough to let air in but keep anything bigger than an ant out. Of course, if you don’t mind resorting to harsher chemical products, you could always resort to ant poison, which we personally think is the best way to kill ants. By lacing bits of actual food with some ant poison, they’ll swarm all over it and bring the food back to their nests to be shared. This is when they’ll start dying from the poison after eating it and infect the others as well.
As for fleas, it really depends on whether you have pets at home or not. If you do, you should start by giving your dog or cat a really thorough shower and putting a flea collar on it. A flea collar works by slowly seeping flea medication into your dog, which will kill off the fleas whenever they suck its blood. Carpets are also another area that’s usually highly concentrated with fleas. If your carpet or rug can be removed easily, consider dumping it into a washing machine and cleaning it with really hot water to kill off the fleas that have made their home in it. If your carpet’s too huge or it’s stuck to the ground, you could use some flea repelling carpet powder instead. Carpet powder are usually white colored but are stain-free so you don’t have to worry about it leaving marks on your carpet even if you smear them all over.
Another highly resistant bug to general pest control techniques would be bed bugs. Bed bugs are somewhat similar to fleas in that they’re blood sucking insects that will leave itchy marks on your body after they bite you. To combat these bed bugs, you need to steam clean the areas in which they’ve infested. Start with your bed linens and any other fabric near your bed area. This includes the curtains. We also recommend having your mattress steam cleaned just to be safe. After a session of steam cleaning, try applying some lemon-infused bed bug killer over your mattress or bed linens as a protective measure. This remedy will only smell a little bit right at the beginning, but will go away on its own in less than a day.
You do have to understand that most organic products will never be as effective as their chemical counterparts so, if these initial steps fail, you might have to eventually resort to harsher products. With that said, most natural remedies against pests will be more than enough to handle minor infestations in the house.