Natural Pest Control Made Easy
Comprehensive Handbook on Natural Pest Control Methods
Are you looking for a humane way of controlling pests in your home without having to resort to chemical pesticide agents?
If so, then this guide will be of great use to you.
Eco Pest Control Perth makes use of natural pest control solutions that are non-toxic and friendly to both pets and humans.
In this guide, learn about the various natural repellants, biological controls, and physical preventative methods you can employ in controlling pests.
This allows you ease of mind when invaders pop up in your home.
1. Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds can be used as a natural pest control, especially against creepy crawly. When spread around the perimeter of your home, it may deter ants, fruit tree, and fruit fly from entering due to its strong smell. The best kind of coffee grounds to use would be fresh, finely ground ones as these will release more scent particles into the air. If you have an ant problem and don’t have any spare freshly ground beans at home, just head down to your nearest cafe and ask for some instead. Make sure to reapply this method using a spray bottle every few days so that its potency isn’t worn off too quickly.
Mint is an effective and natural way of deterring ants, cockroaches, spiders, flies, and even mice. The strong scent mint and diatomaceous earth retains is enough to make most pests like mosquitoes, ants and fruit flies turn away instantly. To best utilise this repellant in your home, you can grow fresh mint indoors or purchase pre-made essential oil blends at a store. If you’re feeling extra audacious, try making your own peppermint spray by blending some water with some drops of peppermint oil and spraying it around the house to help keep bugs away. For best results, be sure to perform this method every few days for optimal freshness.
The strong smell of cloves has proven to be an effective natural pest control as an antidote against certain pests like rodent control and mosquito repellent. It is most effective in repelling ants, bed bugs, spiders, fruit fly, and even mosquito larva. The best way to employ this natural repellant would be to scatter ground cloves around your home’s perimeter or at points of entry you’ve spotted bugs coming in from. Alternatively, you can also try mixing the essential oil with clove first before spraying it over the parts of your house where the pests roam. For large-scale pest problems like termites though, we recommend still seeking professional help in order to ensure long-term prevention and protection.
4. Hot Pepper
Do you have a large population of pests living in your garden that you can’t seem to get rid of? You may want to consider sprinkling a mixture of hot pepper and boric acid around the perimeter of your home. The strong scent and taste of chili peppers are believed to act as an effective repellant against most garden bugs, such as aphids, caterpillars, and squash bugs. Additionally, be sure not to sprinkle too much. So that only a light dusting remains. Otherwise, it just might kill off your healthy plants too.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
This liquid wonder can be used to not only make a tasty salad dressing. But also as a natural pest control repellant. A couple of cups of petroleum jelly mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar is said to help ward off ants as a natural insecticide particularly by blocking their path and interrupting their communication signals. To try this out, simply place some vinegar-soaked cotton balls around your countertops or in areas where you’ve spotted pest activity the most. Just make sure to replace these every few days.
1. Beneficial Insects
Introducing beneficial insects may be an ideal way to naturally and effectively control the pest population in your garden or even in your home. These bugs help by preying on the bad ones and making sure they don’t reproduce too quickly. Ladybugs, lacewing larvae, predatory mites, and hoverflies are some examples of beneficial insects you could introduce into your environment. To ensure that these little critters will stay around longer, make sure to provide them with a sufficient source of food as well as plenty of hiding spots.
Believe it or not, fungi can also act as a biological treatment against certain pests. In particular, it is usually groups of fungal species that target specific ones, such as the Beauveria bassiana which helps to ward off whiteflies and mosquitoes. If this doesn’t help enough, you can always resort to introducing some beneficial insects discussed in a previous section.
Nematodes are microscopic worms that seek out and destroy many garden bugs like fleas and cutworms bookworm larvae among others. When released into the soil, these helpful creatures go on a carnivorous hunt for their prey. Different species specialise and instructions in preying upon different pests. So make sure to inspect your local area closely before purchasing some nematodes. It is important for them to be natively occurring microorganisms that latch and steal nutrients from the targeted pest exclusively. For best results though, apply this method when conditions are warm and moist with minimal wind exposure during sunset hours for maximum effectiveness.
1. Keep Your Home Clean
It goes without saying that a clean home is less likely to harbor pesky guests. To keep your environment as clean as possible, wipe down hard surfaces with and soap on a daily basis or else, dust, and dirt will accumulate which bugs tend to thrive off of. When other pest-resistant strategies don’t quite do the job, this method is always seen to be helpful in keeping bugs away and thus able to prevent any further spread of infestations. Plus, who doesn’t want their homes spic ‘n’ span anyway?
2. Seal Up Any Gaps
Take the time to inspect your home for any holes or gaps that pests may slip through. This includes cracks in walls, questionable window frames, and even old door frames. This is because these places are easy entry points for pests trying to invade your safe haven. For preventative methods such as this one, we recommend utilising caulk or rocks to fill up deeper gaps and wallpapers which are pasteable materials that can be used to cover smaller crevices. Or if you’ve got the knack for it, consider re-installing new windows nets altogether.
3. Fix Torn Window Nets
It’s always a good idea to inspect your windows for any broken or torn netting. Insects such as flies, mozzies, and even some spiders are able to pass through the tightest of cracks. So remember to take the time to mend what needs fixin’. If you’ve got mosquito nets shielding you from unwanted bug visitors too, be sure to check those often for any large holes that may have appeared. To fix these mosi-nets up again, we suggest using a sturdy needle and thread which should get the job done adequately enough.
4. Clean Up Standing Water
If standing water is lying around in your premises, then chances are it could also be contributing towards increasing pest activity lately. Pests are generally drawn to moist areas and as such some may even breed in areas where they can find standing water easily like blockades, and sink drains.
5. Invest in a Dehumidifier
If pests are persisting, then consider investing in a dehumidifier. It works to remove large amounts of excess moisture from the air. Thus, decrease humidity levels in your home or surrounding garden areas. As an added benefit too, this machine also helps reduce possible mold growth within your living or outdoor spaces which can often be a source of certain allergies and asthma attacks too.
6. Store Food Properly
Keep pantry pests away by storing food items properly either in airtight containers or in separate airtight bags depending on what type of item it is. If not done. So already, all sweets like biscuits and cakes should be sealed up tightly after every use so bugs won’t get attracted just from their sweet aroma alone.
7. Dispose of Garbage Frequently
Now it’s time to get your garbage in check too. Make sure to keep up with consistent disposal of any unwanted food scraps or excess waste that may accumulate around the house from day to day. Otherwise, this accumulated trash can attract all sorts of insects like blowflies, cockroaches, and ants. It is because it provides them with shelter and an excess source of food too. When doing so, we suggest placing the refuse into multiple thicker bags before tying them off tightly and disposing of them in sealed bins for extra security.
By making use of methods such as natural repellants, biological controls, or physical preventative measures set out in this guide, controlling these pesky critters have never been easier.
Eco Pest Control Perth is here to help make your home a safe place and free from any uninvited guests.
So that you can stay stress-free knowing that the idea of having to battle an infestation alone is no more. Good luck.