Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Pests

Pest infestations not only cause damage, but they can also take a chunk out of the homeowner’s wallet. Here are a few ways to prevent critters from calling your house “home”. Remember, for large infestations, always call a professional.

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Ants

Ants follow the trails left by scout ants. If you find a trail of ants in your kitchen, clean the area with soapy water, household cleaner, or a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. To avoid an infestation:

– Keep sweets and food in tightly-closed containers.

– Plant spearmint around your house.

– Place strips of cucumber, citrus peels, or borax near any openings where you’ve seen ants.

Roaches

The easiest way to prevent roaches is to keep your kitchen spotless–clean up crumbs, wipe down the sink, and sweep the floor. But, if you’ve already seen them in your kitchen, here are other options:

– Sprinkle catnip or bay leaves in areas where roaches lurk, such as behind the refrigerator, under the oven, and under your sinks/

– If you see a roach, spray it with soapy water. The soap will slowly suffocate it.

– Set traps with baking soda and sugar. Roaches love sugar; however, the baking soda will dehydrate them.

Termites

While no home is safe from termites, it is possible to reduce the chances of an infestation.

– Termites thrive on moisture. Survey your home’s foundation and look for water leaks.

– Schedule a pest inspection. Termites are crafty critters that only make their presence known through the damage they cause. Schedule a pest inspection every couple of years to catch an infestation early and help you avoid making costly repairs.

Rodents

Rodents can wreak havoc on your home. While traps are effective once the rodents are in the home, here’s how to keep them out in the first place:

– Keep your kitchen clean. Wipe down the counters and sweep the floor before you go to bed.

– Ants aren’t the only vermin that hate mint. Mint keeps rodents at bay as well.

– Place steel wool in holes on the exterior of your home.

– Put trays of used cat litter outside near where you think they could get in. Rodents will smell the cat and scurry in the other direction.

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Pets can give us a lot of things–love, attention, and fleas. Although chemical pet treatments can get rid of the fleas on your pets, they often don’t get rid of them in the house. For that, try these suggestions:

– Sprinkle salt, borax, or baking soda on the carpet and upholstery. Let it sit for a few hours and vacuum afterwards.

– Get a dehumidifier. Fleas love humidity. If you keep the humidity in the room under 50%, you may be able to get rid of adult fleas and their larvae.

– Clean your bedding and your pet’s bedding regularly.

– Comb your pet’s coat with a special flea comb and clean the comb in a glass of soapy water.

Pest Facts*

Ants are the #1 nuisance pest.

56% of homeowners have had problems with ants in the past year.

67% of homeowners are most concerned about pests during the summer months.

Homeowners who sought professional pest control did so to get rid of ants, spiders, termites, and cockroaches.

53% of homeowners are concerned about pest damage to their homes and property.

*Source: National Pest Management Association

 

Remember, it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a pest-free home!

 

 

 

 

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