Last Updated on August 16, 2020 by Don L. Johnson
Whenever we see mice, rats, and roaches, our first instinct to get the poison and feed it to them. While this is an effective method to eliminate these pesky creatures, it poses various health issues. The World Health Organization dissuades consumers from patronizing pesticides. Not only does it cause food poisoning but also organ failure, brain defects, and deformities to infants and children.
WHO warned that people should only use pesticides during only severe infestations. But even then, people should use low-impact chemicals for pest control. They recommend calling experts to facilitate pest control for better and safer applications.
To help you prevent the side effects of pesticides, here are the best alternatives to eliminating pests at home:
Seal cracks and crevices
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a new approach to pest control that uses safe and natural methods. One of the strategies it promotes is sealing every entryway that pests can use to enter homes. Experts recommend conducting a monthly check of your floorboards and walls. See if there are cracks and holes where pests can hide. Seal or cover these areas. If you cannot do it on your own, contact a professional to seal these for you.
Use essential oils
Using essential oils as one of the most cost-effective methods to eliminate pests and unwanted insects. While essential oils are meditative and relaxing to human beings, they are irritating to pests. Experts recommend using Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Nasturtium oil to deter insects. Simply combine the oil with water, depending on the target pest, and store it in a spray bottle. Apply it to areas where pests are common. Also you can use tow behind sprayer for a large lawn.
If you want to prevent mosquitoes from biting you, for example, have a Citronella solution at hand. So, if you want to relax on your patio or manage your garden, you can ward off mosquitoes by spraying it to your skin and reapplying it once in a while.
Get a pet
Another method recommended by IPM is getting a pet such as a cat or a dog. These fur babies can eliminate rats, mice, cockroaches, beetles, and many more. Not only do you get a best friend and a cuddle buddy but also a natural means to eliminate the pests not cause nuisances inside your house.
Use traps and baits
If you’re having problems with rodents, one of the recommended methods is using glue boards. But before you buy one, assess the infestation to determine the size and the population of the pests. This allows you to adjust the size of the glue board depending on your target.
Call a Professional
If all else fails, call a professional exterminator to help you eliminate pests for good. Not only do they offer strategies for pest elimination but also methods for pest prevention. When hiring a professional, make sure they are licensed and certified by reputable programs and agencies. This assists you to avoid scams and maximize the worth of your money.
With the help of pest control experts, you can save more time and effort in applying DIY methods of pest control. If you hire a reliable service provider, all you need to do is sit back and relax until after they have investigated and eliminated all your pest problems.
We can see how pesticides can put you and your family in grave danger. Never use pesticides without prior knowledge about how to apply it. As much as possible, apply Integrated Pest Management methods for a safer and healthier way to eradicate pests. Better yet, call a professional to do this job for you instantly and effectively. What are you waiting for? Start now to enjoy a pest-free environment within weeks.
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