Managing Pests in and around your home
Friday Jun 28th, 2019
Prevention works best!
• Remove sources of food, water and shelter.
ex: glass jars with rubber gaskets, or plastic containers with lids that snap tight.
• Rinse food containers before putting them in the garbage or recycling bins.
Ex: rinse pop cans and food cans before storing them in your recycle bins
• Keep kitchen countertops clean.
• Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly, especially around pet food dishes.
• Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans.
Also, remove kitchen garbage containers regularly from your home.
• Place composters at a reasonable distance from your house.
• Fix leaky plumbing and don't let water accumulate anywhere in the home.
• Clutter provides places for pests to breed and hide and makes it hard to get rid of them. Get rid of things like stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard.
• Close off places where pests can enter and hide. For example, caulk cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards. Use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes. Cover any holes with wire mesh.
• Remove firewood from inside buildings and away from the sides of buildings.Also, do not bury stumps or other wood debris close to your house.
• Correct humidity problems in your home.
• Replace decaying or infested structural wood with sound material.
• Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.
Organic Remedies to eliminate or reduce bugs from your home
- Basil: Use live basil plants to discourage bugs from entering your home.
- Bay leaves: place a bay leaf on the top of flour, dried beans, rice, grains, or other dry food stored in containers or packages. The bay leaves will deter bugs and will not harm the food. This will deter spider mites, aphids, etc.
- Hot Pepper: Make or purchase a hot pepper wax insect spray. Mix: water, dried red pepper flakes, and a few drops of liquid hot sauce (optional)
2. Add 5-10 drops of cinnamon essential oil.
3. Find where the ants are entering your home and spray liberally all around the area.
4. Then, spray all along the path they take.
5. For continued effectiveness spray nightly. You may also spray your kitchen counters after wiping them down
This powder is made up of crushed microscopic marine fossils that scratch the outer "skin" of bugs, causing them to dehydrate and die. Diatomaceous earth will remain active as long as it is kept dry. It is non-toxic to humans and pets, but be careful not to inhale the dust when applying this product.
Place duct tape sticky side up in an area populated by bugs. Bugs will get stuck on the tape as they walk by. Check and replace the used tape the following day.
A bait system is generally the first line of defense against insects or rodents. They can be very effective and have a relatively low-risk of exposure if kept away from children and pets.