There are dozens of treatments you can use for pest control, ranging from professional strength chemical options to natural options. If you are concerned about your families pets and children, you may want to try some chemical free pest control first. Here are a few options you may not have thought of that can help.
Ultrasonic Pest Control
Ultrasonic pest control is a hit or miss for many people, but it is still a viable option to try if you want a chemical free pest control option. Ultrasonic devices plug into your electrical outlet and are placed in each room of the home. Ideally they send out a high frequency sound that can't be heard by your dogs, cats or children. This sound makes pests such as cockroaches and other bugs flee the area. It can take a few hours to a few days to work, but some people report that this is a viable chemical free option for them.
There are certain essential oils you can use to help with pest issues in and around your home. For example, peppermint oil can be placed along door frames and window frames to prevent ants, beetles and fleas. You can create your own natural bug spray by using citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus and mint. Use other mixtures such orange and citrus oils to help with spiders and ticks as well.
Plants and Shrubs
A huge issue for many homeowners is termites. Deterring termites along with other pests can be an ongoing battle. There are certain plants and shrubs that can help with this battle. Hot chilli peppers are a common method to use since they can be used outside as well as in the home. You can plant the peppers as a barrier to your home and use the peppers from the plant to create your own natural water-based pest control spray.
You may not think of food items as a way to get rid of or prevent, but there is some food that can serve as pest control. Cucumber peels can help prevent ants from entering your garbage and infesting the area. Cornmeal causes some digestion issues in many pests. Some will not return to what they thought was a food source while others will die from the lack of digestion that the cornmeal causes. Sage can be tossed on the outside grill during the summer. Lighting it along with any charcoal will cause a smoke that keeps bugs away from your outdoor area.
These methods are designed to help with small amounts of bugs or bug prevention. If you have an infestation of pests, contact a professional pest control agent. They can remove the pests, identify the issues that would allow an infestation to happen again and give you preventative options for your home.