Natural Pest Removal and Deterrent Strategies

Welcome to my blog—unless you are a cockroach. If you are a cockroach, prepare to get crushed! As you can probably already tell, I hate bugs. I have nothing against smashing them flat and dead. However, I am also an environmentalist, and I don't like the idea of using potentially harmful chemicals to deter, kill or remove pests. If you feel the same way, this blog is for you. I am going to explore everything from natural remedies to get rid of bugs to tips on choosing an environmentally friendly pest control person. Whether you have mice, rat, cockroaches, ants or other pests, I hope this blog helps you get rid of them naturally and efficiently!

Simple But Important Tips for Pest Management Around Your Home


In many cases, you can be as diligent as possible when it comes to your home's repair and upkeep and still suffer a pest infestation of some sort. However, a few simple tasks in and around the home can reduce the risk of the home being infested by rodents and insects of all sorts. Note a few of those tasks here so you can ensure you're protecting your home as much as possible.


Make sure the home's gutters and downspouts are always in good repair and not allowing water to collect in the gutters or spill over the sides of the gutters and collect around the foundation. Not only might this cause water damage to the home, but this can also attract mosquitoes and termites, as these bugs use standing water as a means of hydration. It's good to inspect the gutters every year and after any heavy rain to ensure they're draining properly and are free of debris and blockages.


Invest in heavy rubber trash bins to keep rodents and insects away from your home's rubbish; also, examine those bins regularly for signs of wear, especially along the bottom where they get dragged on the concrete. Note if the rubber is starting to split in any area, as even a small split or worn area can be enough for mice, rats, racoons, and other pests to gnaw their way through the bin and get to the trash. The lid should also securely lock in place at all times, as flies, lizards, roaches, and other pests can easily make their way through the smallest of openings, spreading germs and even the potential for certain diseases.


Snakes and other creatures like lizards and scorpions often get into the home through small gaps and openings around the doorway, so check your home's doors for a tight fit. If necessary, have a contractor adjust the door's hinges so they sit snugly in the frame, or use shims to even out the frame itself. You might even add a sweep to the door; this is a rubber piece that is attached along the bottom of the door, mostly to keep out drafts, but which also works to close those gaps and keep out small pests. Note, too, that firewood and shrubbery can attract pests, so don't store firewood near an entryway and trim the bottom of shrubs so there is a gap between the vegetation and the ground, which will discourage pests from resting in that area.


15 June 2017