is the main season for . Fruit flies, cockroaches, bedbugs and mice can be big problems if you are not vigilant. If little creepy-crawlies are the least preferred type of visitor, here are some tips to keep your house pest-free, the natural way.
Fruit flies can be transported through, well, fruits in your house. You can not see them, but some of the products you buy have fruit fly eggs on them that hatch when you get home (roughly, right?).
That's why it's important to wash your product as soon as you put it in the door. A simple mix of water and baking soda will not only remove eggs, but also remove. Just fill your sink with water and sprinkle some baking soda into it. Let the product sit in the mixture for 8 minutes.
More than likely, fruit flies come into your house when a door or window is open. The key is to eat or freeze fruit before it begins to ferment, because that's what attracts the flies.
If fruit flies are a problem, there is a simple, natural trap that can be made to catch them. Pour apple cider vinegar into a jar and attach a square of plastic wrap over the opening with a rubber band. Then put a small hole in the plastic wrap. The flies are attracted to the smell, go through the hole and are caught under the plastic wrap.
If you live in apartments or live near other houses, you've probably had to deal with cockroaches. You probably already know that keeping your house clean and putting away food is the best way to keep the bugs out of your home. But that does not always stop them. Sometimes cockroaches invade homes in search of water.
I hate chemical sprays. They give me a headache, so I use something more natural. The only thing I've found is that even in the dry season it is really free of roaches to keep bay leaves. Yes, all these leaves can be found in the herbal section of the grocery store. Just place a few sheets behind bookshelves, in cupboards, behind equipment and under the sink. For some reason, cockroaches hate laurel leaves.
The very thought of this beetle makes my abilities crawl. Once you get bed bugs, they are super hard to get rid of. The best way to keep bed bugs at bay is to never go anywhere and never let any furniture get into your home. But since this is not very practical, there are other ways that you can prevent infestation:
- Bedbugs love to hide in – you guessed it – beds. Use a zipper cover that wraps around your entire mattress and box spring to keep it away from the fabric. The bright color also makes it easier to see.
- Examine any type of upholstered furniture before it enters your home. This applies to new furniture as well as to treasure troves and finds. Bedbugs like corners where you can hide, so look under the pillows, around seams and even under tags.
- After your return home, wash clothes off from overnight stays and travel to a hotel. If you bring your dryer to high heat, bed bugs are killed before they can penetrate, according to the EPA.
- Vacuum daily
- If you use a laundrette, do not let your clothes touch when it comes out of the dryer. Put them directly in a clean laundry bag and take them home. Crumpled clothes are better than itchy ones.
- Install a door leaf at the front and back doors. It literally sweeps bugs back when the door closes.
Although my cats love when mice come to visit, I do not. The best way to keep mice out is to seal cracks and holes in walls and floors. Mice even use small holes as their own personal access point. Do not you think that you have holes? Check the pipes under the sinks, behind the washer and dryer, in the areas where gas pipes enter the house, and in the garage to make sure.
Also take the trash daily and keep it in the refrigerator or in sealed containers. This will make your house smell less attractive to rodents.