There are a wide variety of pests that can enter your home and your yard that can become problematic for your family, including mosquitoes, ants and spiders. Unfortunately, many of the standard pest control techniques can be unhealthy for children and pets.
Due to this, it is important to consider healthier alternatives that will deter pests from moving and making permanent residence around your house without putting your family at risk. The following are some healthier ways to ensure safety for your children and pets while banishing pests.
1. Make Your Home Less Pest Friendly
Many homeowners do not carefully consider the potential ramifications of their housekeeping techniques. For example, if you do not properly store sugar and flour, you could easily attract pests such as ants. Additionally, failure to quickly clean up crumbs and spills will make your house seem extremely inviting to a wide variety of pests. Old newspapers and boxes are also a bad combination because rodents and bugs are attracted to them.
2. Utilize a Professional Company
One of the most effective methods for reducing the amount of pests on your property is to turn to a landscaping company that has specialist technicians who are certified in pest control. After all, if your lawn, trees and shrubs have been treated to stave off pests, it will be very difficult for any of these unwelcome intruders to make their way into your house. As an added bonus, working with a team of professionals will remove your need to worry about whether or not the proper pesticide treatment is being applied to keep your children safe.
3. Seal All Potential Entryways
Ants can come in through very tiny cracks or holes, so it can be difficult at first to discover their entry method. However, once you determine how they are getting in, you will need to seal off the area with caulk. There are also several natural and repellents that you can sprinkle around the entryways such as coffee grinds, dry peppermint, paprika, cinnamon and cream of tartar. All of these methods can prevent ants from making your house into their new home, and none of them require any harsh chemicals that could be dangerous for your children.
4. Remove Pest Breeding Grounds
During warmer months, mosquitoes become one of the most obnoxious and potentially dangerous pests, and they can easily infiltrate your entire property. Fortunately, a landscaping company can help you deal with their presence in your lawn, and there are several other techniques that you can utilize to make your home and property less appealing to these disease carrying pests.
The most important step to take is to fill in any areas that tend to collect rainwater, and you should also keep all of your windows closed to make it harder for mosquitoes to enter your home. When you have to go outside, you can protect yourself with a natural repellent such as lemon eucalyptus oil or citronella oil.
5. Remove the Clutter from Your Home
Although most spiders are not dangerous, you should still remove all of the clutter from your home to discourage poisonous arachnids from taking over your basement. It is best to contact pest control professionals if you believe that you have poisonous spiders in your home, but you can also take action by using saline solution to spray their nests.
As you can see, there is no reason that your family should be inconvenienced by a pest infestation. After all, there are multiple natural methods for removing these unwanted tenants from your home, and this will allow you to create a better living environment for your family without exposing your children to dangerous chemicals.
With 4 children Lisa Coleman understands the importance of using safe products around her home and yard, including pesticides. She recently viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egVlbi86kug how certified and specialized landscape technicians can treat lawns for such control that can keep kids safe.
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