While no one wants to have pests taking up residence with them in their house, people also don’t want to expose themselves or their loved ones to the potentially harmful chemicals that are often used in pesticides. But luckily, there are ways that you can keep your home free of pests without having to use something that you’re uncomfortable spraying inside or around your home.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to eliminate household pests without sacrificing your health.
Rely On The Food Chain
It’s the natural order of things that all animals have some type of predator and prey. So if you’re dealing with pests in your home or around your property, one safe option is to introduce that pests’ natural predator to help you keep a balance, just so long as you’re comfortable having that predator around for a while.
According to Cigna.com, ladybugs and praying mantises can be helpful insects that will eat other insects that you’re trying to get rid of. Additionally, things like cats and dogs can help with rodent problems you may be having. As long as you know what pests you’re having a problem with, you can research what that pests’ predators are and then consider if bringing them into the equation will be beneficial.
Use Natural Remedies
If the problem you’re having with pests primarily resides in your home, you might have better luck using some natural remedies as opposed to bringing in another animal to your home.
For most household pests, there’s some kind of natural food item that will ward off the specific pest you’re trying to get rid of. According to Rachel Brougham, a contributor to the Family Handyman, some of these remedies include coffee grounds, apple cider vinegar, cornmeal, fresh herbs, onion, cloves, and more. Only certain natural remedies will work on certain pests, so make sure you do some research beforehand to ensure that the remedy you choose has been proven to be effective.
Make Your Own Treatment
Since many people are hesitant to use potentially harmful pesticides in their home, there are other options to create your own treatment to kill or discourage more pests from coming into your home.
Some of the most common and effective of these homemade treatments, according to Oseye Boyd, a contributor to Angie’s List, include soapy water and pyrethrum spray. By putting these solutions into a spray bottle and applying them where you’ve been having problems, you can see a big improvement in your pest problem in a safe and natural way.
If you have household pests that you want to get rid of but you don’t want to use something that could be harmful for your health in order to do this, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find some more natural options.