7 tips on DIY Pest Control for Central Florida Homeowners

Getting across pests in your house could be a nightmare and you would want to get rid of them right away. This is why you should know some DIY tips to kick them out of your house and treat the issue at its first occurrence.

Now, you don’t need to wait for some professional pest control service or run here and there for any possible solution to do away with these creepy crawlers. DIY Pest Control is an easy and inexpensive way of getting to live a nuisance-free life.

Before spraying your homes with toxic pesticides, try these homemade remedies to prevent any pest invasions within your home:

7 Tips on getting rid of 7 common pests

DIY Repellent for Ants
Coffee grounds can help in preventing ants from entering your house. Save some coffee grounds and spread them around your windows, doors or at any other opening to block their way into your house. No more ants with just little amount of coffee. Another thing that can be done is a volcanic idea to make the stomachs of ants erupt. You can do that just by mixing baking soda with powdered sugar and place it where the ants usually come. They will come and take this with them, eating it up is known to reduce their quantity. And an interesting thing about ants is that, they don’t cross the line you might make with a chalk. So, just take a chalk and draw lines where you believe ants could enter. And for their holes and openings, spray them up with lemon juice, this messes up their tracking sense.

Remedy for Fruit Fly
Flies are really annoying. To make them remain away from your healthy food, just do this simple task. Fill a glass container with about two-inches of apple cider vinegar and cover its top tightly with a plastic wrap with poke holes. The flies will get attracted to the sweet smell of cider vinegar and then they will eventually drown themselves in it. If you think building this trap would be time consuming or something, then you should go and get a pot of basil plant. Keep basil in your kitchen and sprinkle the leaves on your fruit. Flies hate basil, they will stay away. And yes, how can I forget the wonderful lemongrass oil. Make up a spray out of 10 drops of lemongrass oil and 2 ounces of hot water, spray that in your house to keep flies, spiders, ants and all other creepy crawlers away. And if you have lavender oil, you can use that as well for the same purpose.

Non-Toxic Rat Repellent
Rats are a sight of disgust. The moment you see them, you want to kill them. Getting pesticides sprayed or spreading rat poison around your house can also be harmful to your own health when you get in contact with them. To repel these rats the nontoxic way, you just need to make this natural spray. Take 8 cups of water, add one tablespoon of peppermint castile soap and add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to make a mixture which can be sprayed on cardboards to scare away rats. Some people have been successful in keeping mice away by sprinkling bay leaves in their kitchen and about the pantry. Another successful remedy is to leave small bowls filled with ammonia at places which they frequently visit, it is said that the scent repels rats. An effective bait is peanut butter, in case you already have a trap ready for them.

Homemade Cockroach Repellent
Ugh. These nauseating creatures are always getting into our house somehow. An easy way to treat a roach problem is by spicing them up. Mix two tablespoons of hot sauce with 1 quart of water and spray the areas where the problem exists. The hot sauce is hot enough to shoo away cockroaches, then why go for a harmful chemical to treat this issue? And to keep cockroaches out of your kitchen you can make little balls of the paste of baking soda, boric acid, sugar and water mixed in equal parts. Then place these balls in cabinets, under the sink and around the stove. And the easiest nontoxic formula possible to kill cockroaches is a mixture of a teaspoon of liquid soap and a cup of water. Spraying a cockroach with it chokes it to death.

DIY Remedies for Termites and Carpenter Ants
These are one of the most destructive pests. They may have completely destroyed some of our wood material even before we get to know that they have arrived. Termites and carpenter ants are responsible for hugs structural damages and their colonies are so large that eliminating them single-handedly seems impossible. Therefore, Pest control services seem to be the only way out through this issue. Now, we do have a better and a nontoxic option to tackle these little destroyers. Make a combination of 4 tablespoons of grape jelly with 3 tablespoons of canned cat food and 1 tablespoon of boric acid and place a tablespoon of it near the nests of these pests. The worker termites or carpenter ants will take his mixture to their queen and to their offspring, which will die upon eating it. It will reduce the invasion if repeated the next spring as well.

Homemade Remedy for Bed bugs
I never thought getting rid of bed bugs was actually possible and if we could get rid of them, then it is only through the harmful pesticide sprays. Bed bugs may stick with us even if we change homes! Pesticides are harmful to our health and it is not guaranteed that spraying those will get us rid of the bed bugs. Getting a healthy alternative to fight off these bugs is really a blessing. You just need to make a mixture of a teaspoon of peppermint and a teaspoon of rosemary oils with two cups of water and spray that up on the mattress and the floor surrounding the bed. It works wonders in fighting off these bugs. Another easy option are the scents of lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus; these smells are a turn off for bed bugs. Rubbing their oils around your bed or sleeping area can help you in getting a bug-free sleep.

Repelling Fleas made easy
You can get rid of all sorts of fleas by using these simple tips. For fleas in your home, sprinkle baking soda and salt into your carpets and leave that overnight. Thoroughly vacuum it the next day and you will not see fleas again. And for the rest of the floor, wash it with the juice of four lemons (including the rinds) mixed with 2 liters of water. This solution will keep fleas away. For pets? Spray pets with diluted lemon-juice water or give your pet a white vinegar bath to prevent it from a flea attack. To save your dog’s home from flea invasions, wash the walls and floors with salt water solution. And to prevent your dogs and cats from flea infestation, you should include a little amount of apple cider vinegar to their food, this will help them in fighting off allergies and in maintaining great skin conditions.

Everyone needs a bug-free life and a few items from your kitchen can really get that to you. The homemade solution is the most natural and healthy alternative to fight off these unwanted guests. Keeps these tips in mind and save yourself from getting bugs and loosing bucks.

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