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Most American households have a pet of some kind. There is no doubt that most people love animals. However, not all living things are welcomed into our homes. While dogs, cats, birds, bunnies and other common pets are beloved, pests like mice, cockroaches and other critters certainly are not.
Still, that doesn’t stop them from entering our homes. Pests enter millions of homes every year, costing homeowners millions of dollars. For example, rodents alone invade tens of millions of homes in the USA alone. Getting rid of them, especially in a way that is eco-friendly and not harmful to the environment isn’t easy.
Thankfully, however, it is possible. Without any further ado, this article is going to go over 5 different and eco-friendly ways to get rid of pests. Whether you need to get rid of roaches or stop mice from coming into your home, this article can help.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
While there are many places that pests and bugs can reside in your home, many of them will choose where there is the most food. In many homes, that is in the kitchen. If your kitchen is a disaster with food and crumbs everywhere, it can be a breeding ground for pests of all kinds.
Make sure you clean the kitchen often and develop good habits such as not leaving open containers in cabinets, cleaning up all crumbs and not leaving dirty dishes out. Also, if at all possible, use eco-friendly cleaners. They are widely available in most stores, and many people have even decided to make their own homemade cleaners as well.
Seal off Any Cracks or Leaks in Your Home
For pests to be wreaking havoc in your home, they need to have a way in. While they can sometimes come through the door or into an open window, more often than not, they are coming through a crack or leak in your wall or floor.
You need to do a quick look at all your exterior walls, windows, screens and baseboards to see if you can identify any cracks. These could be rather large, but also very small. If you identify them, it is a good idea to fill them as soon as possible. If you can find one, keep looking as you may have more.
Consider Calling Experts
While there is a chance you could get rid of all the pests in your home on your own, keeping them out can be difficult. If you are struggling, it might make sense to bring in the experts and reach out to a pest control company.
Don’t worry, there are many experts out there who use completely eco-friendly and natural methods of ridding your home of its pests. They can also often give you tips for keeping them away. Calling experts is also great if you are unable to find the entry point of the pests. The experts will not only rid your home of pests but likely find the entry point and deal with it as well.
Utilise Natural Deterrents
Next, you need some things to keep the pests away even if they manage to enter your home somehow. While there are several chemical-based deterrents out there, there are plenty of natural options too. While some can be purchased, you might be better off creating them yourself.
There are a variety of easily-accessible household items that can be used to keep pests away. Some citrus peels, ground coffee, onions, some spices, and even cucumbers can make many pests turn away. The exact things you use may depend on which pest you are struggling with and how you want to deal with it.
Get a Cat
Not only are cats cute and lovely pets to have, but they can actually help your pest problems. Cats love to hunt and their nature will make them very vigilant when it comes to pests like mice, bugs and others. Cats also have better senses of smell than most humans and should be able to track the pests wherever they are in your home.
Best of all, having a cat around is about as eco-friendly as you can get. They will help protect your home from pests of all kinds, without the use of any chemicals or other harmful things. Also, when they’re not protecting your home from pests, you have a cute and adorable cat to play with.
In conclusion, pests can be an annoying nuisance, but there are several different things you can do to quickly and easily get rid of them.