How You Can Keep Bugs Out of Your Home (Naturally!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADealing with bugs in your home can be gross. But you know what’s worse? The chemical compounds, insecticides, and store bought sprays you use to get rid of them. Many are linked to cancer and other diseases, so that’s definitely not something you want to breathe in, get on your skin, or use around babies and pets who have a tendency to put things in their mouths. Not to mention how they enter our landfills, pollute our waterways, and affect our air quality.

So how can you keep your home bug free without them? With non-toxic, natural methods like these.

For Ants

You may think one or two aren’t the biggest deal, but where there’s one there’s a whole colony somewhere behind them. And ants can actually contaminate your food, damage your property, and some of them can even bite! So before you grab the chemicals or call in a professional, dilute some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it into the cracks inside and outside your home.

Ants also hate mint, so you can even plant mint around your house or keep it in a pot by the windowsill. It doesn’t take a lot of TLC to grow and now you’ll have fresh mint! Yum. And if you want to go for the triple threat, infuse your vinegar solution with mint. The vinegar with erase their trail and the mint will discourage them from coming back.

For Fruit Flies

Another denizen of the kitchen, these guys can be a big nuisance. And because they’re so small they can be tough to get rid of. You can actually use apple cider vinegar to trick them into a homemade trap. Just pour some apple cider vinegar into a cup, cover it with plastic wrap and poke holes into the top. Make them small enough for the fruit flies to get into but not out. For a more humane version, you can simply put some cut up fruit in a container and when the fruit’s covered in flies, you can quickly slap a lid on it and take them back outside where they belong. You may have to do this a couple times just in case some of them escape.

For Spiders

Ever notice how webs seem to materialize in the darkest, dustiest corners? Well, that’s what spiders like, so if you want to prevent them from coming into your home, dust frequently and open the blinds to let sunlight come through during the day. If they’re already there and you want them gone, dilute peppermint oil, tea tree oil, dish soap, and vinegar and in spray bottle and give the cracks and crannies inside and outside your home a good once over.

For Cockroaches

These guys can be pretty terrifying. They’re disturbingly large and unsightly and can carry all kinds of diseases. They even create allergens that can torture family members with allergies. Definitely not something you want in your home, but once they’re in getting them to leave can be a slow process.

You’re going to want to thoroughly clean your house. And then do it again. And maybe one more time just to feel better. Focus on areas with food build up, particularly greasy areas around the stove. We always recommend Method cleaning products as great natural alternatives to regular chemical-based ones. But you can even mix up some home made remedies.

The you need to find how they’re getting in and seal up any cracks and holes you can find. Diatomaceous earth is also a natural remedy used by many experts. It’s actually a soft, sedimentary rock that can easily be crushed into a fine powder. It’s not harmful to you or your family but it will kill roaches without the use of chemicals. If you can find their entry points, sprinkle some in there. Though if things are this bad, you may want to call in a professional exterminator to help.

For Fleas

If you own pets, fleas can be your worst nightmare. But there are natural ways to get rid of them and keep them from coming back. You can plant pennyroyal around your home to discourage fleas. However, don’t do this if your pets or children are prone to tasting plants. Fleas also hate citrus, so you can make a citrus spray. Just slice a lemon into thin strips, add it to about a pint of water and bring it a boil. Let it sit overnight and then pour it into a spray bottle in the morning. Spray it where you know the fleas are hanging out. You can put this on your pet, but keep it away from their eyes and don’t soak their fur with it.

Forever

A messy house is a magnet for critters. If you want to avoid them from coming in, you’re going to need to figure out a cleaning regimen that works for you and stick to it. And we don’t mean just the little spot cleaning that keeps everything looking nice. We mean the scrubbing, brushing, hardcore, getting behind and under stuff kind of cleaning. It’s maybe not so much fun, but it’s better than battling bugs in your home. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.

But the good news is that if you don’t want to spare the time or effort, you can simply call in a professional company to come clean for you. Whether you want a good once over or a helping hand on a weekly basis, 1st Class Cleaning can send a professional team of maids to come do it for you. Contact us today to learn about our areas of service, scheduling and pricing.

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