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!

Clearing Up Some Common Misconceptions About Termites and Pest Control


Termites are very dangerous to the home; they can easily eat through the wood framework as well as the drywall that is used to create ceilings and walls. In turn, your home could actually become structurally unsound and begin to shift and settle, and cracks may form along its surfaces. In some extreme cases, parts of the home may actually collapse because termites have eaten through so much of the supporting framework! Because you need to ensure you home is properly protected from termite damage, note a few common misconceptions about this bug, so you know your home is always safe and in good repair.

Termites are only attracted to wood

Termites don't just chew through wood framing of a home, but drywall is also a common source of food for them, as mentioned above. This is because drywall is made with layers of paper, and paper is made from wood. If you think you can't get termites in your home because you have a dense timber or steel frame, you might still want to educate yourself about the signs of a termite infestation.

Also, as is true with all pests, termites need a water source and not just a food source; if your home has a plumbing leak or the basement often floods, termites might be attracted to this water and not just the wood of your home's structure.

If the home has termites, you'll know it

It's sometimes easy to spot signs of a termite infestation, as you may see what appears to be sawdust collecting around a doorframe or baseboard. However, termites often eat at the wood framing behind the walls or above ceilings. You may not notice any damage they cause until the framing is already weak and cracked. To ensure your home is protected, you might have a pest inspection done regularly, as a professional will know what signs of termites to look for and how to spot an infestation before your home has suffered too much damage.

You can't avoid termites

How you maintain your home and property can go a long way toward avoiding a termite infestation; for example, you need to keep firewood covered and not set it up against the exterior of the home, and quickly address water leaks and floods, as mentioned above. Be sure there is a vapor barrier along the home's exterior walls, so no humidity and moisture get trapped along the framework, which might also attract termites. You can also have the home fumigated as often as recommended, to help avoid an infestation altogether.


27 June 2017