Nobody wants to share their home with insects and rodents. For many, spotting one of these pests in your home is enough to illicit a shriek and an uncomfortable feeling that there may be more. But it can be hard to come to terms with the idea of setting out traps to poison or snap these critters. Plus, catching them is only half the story – then you have to dispose of them. Yuck!
What if you could just get the pests to pack up and leave, instead? What if you could gently put the pests outside where they belong and enjoy your pest-free domain once again? Fortunately, this is possible, thanks to a few natural – or high-tech – pest deterrents. Finally, you can relax at home again, whether you’re dealing with mice, rats, insects or even moles. Here my friend from Termite Survey with some tips on how to fix the problem.
Mice & Rats
The simplest way to get rid of mice and rats (and any other pest) is to not get them in the first place. Protect your home by keeping it clean, sealing food away in airtight containers, and sealing any cracks and holes around the foundation of your home. If you find a hole, an easy way to deter mice is to plug it with a wad of steel wool – it will be impossible to chew through.
If you’ve already got company, there are some natural ways to give them the boot. Try one of these:
Peppermint Oil: Probably the most pleasant way to drive away mice and rats is to use organic peppermint oil. The scent is repulsive to them and will send them running in the opposite direction! Try mixing one part peppermint oil to three parts water in a small spray bottle and spray the areas where you’ve seen them in your home. Also, leave cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil around places you suspect they may be entering your home.
Ultrasonic Deterrent: One of the easiest ways to discourage mice and rats is also one of the most high tech options: electronic pest repellent. These units plug into a regular wall socket and emit a high frequency sound that drives small rodents insane, but it’s completely undetectable to humans.
Moles aren’t scary, but they can be frustrating, especially to avid gardeners. These rodents feast on the worms and grubs that live in your backyard and they are notoriously hard to get rid of. But, it’s not impossible to stop them – try these ideas:
Humane Traps: The easiest way to get rid of moles without having to kill them is to capture them in a live trap and release them somewhere where they won’t bother anybody.
Kitty Litter: If you have a pet cat, another easy way to deter moles is to fill their holes with used kitty litter. The smell will signal danger.
Radio: Moles have terrible eyes but sensitive ears; some say that placing a radio on the ground near their burrows is enough to send them digging in the opposite direction!
Different techniques work better for different kinds of insects, so here are a few common offenders:
Ants: Make sure you have cleaned up anything that may be attracting the ants, then clean your floors with vinegar to keep them from coming back.
Flies: Basil is a natural deterrent for flies, so grow some on your kitchen windowsill or keep a small pouch of dried basil in the area they frequent.
Spiders: Like mice and rats, spiders hate the smell of peppermint oil. Spray or dab the areas where you see spiders most often.
Whatever method you choose, you can feel confident that you’re discouraging the pests without harming them – and you aren’t harming nature, either. You can rest easy with these natural pest deterrents. Good luck!