Not all pest problems are hopeless. Sometimes a small change in your living habits or a quick fix can rid your home of insects for good. J.P. McHale is here to provide you with a few do it yourself pest control tips to try out before calling in the big guns. Also, make sure to check out our blog on Pest Prevention Tips for additional ways to keep your home pest-free.
Of course, if you don’t have the time or you’d rather have someone else take care of the problem, our pest management professionals will be happy to assist you.
Home-Grown, Homemade Pest Control Remedies
While there are a number of pesticides you could purchase to treat your bug problem, you can save yourself some time and money by using ingredients you may already own.
Look Ma, No Ants!
For you avid coffee drinkers experiencing a bit of an ant problem, try sprinkling some coffee grounds around windows and doors to send them packing. If that doesn’t work to your satisfaction, you can mix one cup of borax with one cup of sugar water and pour the mixture into small jars with holes poked in the lids. The ants will be lured in for a sweet and sticky demise.
Freedom from Fruit Flies
Using a similar method with different ingredients will help get rid of those pesky fruit flies buzzing around your kitchen or bathroom. Simply fill a glass with a couple inches of vinegar, cover the top with plastic/cling wrap and poke holes in it. Voila, instant fruit fly magnet!
Working in somewhat the opposite fashion, a saucer containing a half cup of beer placed at strategic entry points will repel cockroaches. It’s no secret that roaches enjoy sweet things, but the fermented sugar in beer leaves nothing for their bodies to break down, so they go off in search of the guy who decided to replace the beer with hard lemonade.
A New Kind of Spritzer
A great all-around bug repellent for your home consists of 2.5 teaspoons of oil and one cup of grain alcohol, such as vodka. Put the mixture in an empty spray bottle and mist throughout your home, paying special attention to entryways and windowsills, as well as cracks and gaps where the walls meet the floor.
Natural Bug Deterrent
Lastly, there are several plants that act as natural insect repellents. The list includes lavender and lemongrass to repel mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, fleas and flies, and peppermint to ward off spiders and ants. You can grow these plants around your home or even keep some inside.
Learn More About Affordable Pest Control Options
If you’d like to receive more tips on how you can prevent a pest infestation or have questions about a specific bug problem, contact J.P. McHale today at (800) 479-2284. One of our professional exterminators will be happy to provide you with more information and can even schedule a home assessment if the pest problem persists.