Those of us who are animal lovers might find the subject of pest control rather difficult. While having a home infested with bugs, rodents or other pests is never good, animal lovers do not exactly relish the idea of mass-killing creatures either. Pest control is a huge industry – worth around $18 billion worldwide – and local extermination companies come armed with equipment, resources, and training to get rid of any type of pest. Sometimes, it is necessary to call in professional help; if your pest situation is out of control, it is often the only way to stop it from further.
However, if you are noticing a small pest issue or want to prevent pests coming into your home or garden, read on to find out humane and natural ways to prevent and get rid of rodents and insects in your home using pest control. Let’s get started!
One of the most common types of pests is rats and mice. These animals are found in homes both in the countryside and the city, particularly in winter months when they venture into buildings to build nests in the warmth. Having mice and/or rats in your home can cause serious problems. Many people are frightened of them, due to the fact that they appear seemingly out of nowhere and scamper quickly along the floor, making you jump out of your skin.
In addition to the scare-factor, rats and mice carry dangerous viruses. They can also cause significant property damage, such as chewing through electrical wires, wall damage from burrowing, and leaving feces everywhere. All in all, if you have rodents in your home, they have got to go. SO what form of pest control is best? Let’s find out.
If you don’t yet have pests and want to avoid them, here are a few preventative measures of pest control to stop rodents from venturing into your home in the first place.
- Rigorous cleaning. Mice and rats will feed off crumbs and other food bits that are on the surfaces of your home. If you rigorously clean your home and make sure there is never any food left out, this will help ensure that rodents are not attracted to your home.
- Peppermint oil. If you like the smell of peppermint, use this to your advantage – because rodents hate it! Peppermint oil smells overpower their senses and stop them in their tracks. Scattering drops of peppermint oil around potential entryways such as fireplaces or wall cracks will deter any rodents that venture into the building.
If you have seen a rat or mouse in your home and want to try to solve the problem yourself before calling in a team, here are some tips:
- Cats or terriers. If you don’t already have pets and are looking for a reason to get one, pest control is as good a reason as any! Cats and terrier breed dogs are expert mousers; if you have rodents in your home, they will let you know, and are likely to hunt down the rodent. This seems brutal but, after all, is a natural way of exterminating pests which is more humane than poison or traps.
- Close up the cracks. Rodents are common in older buildings because these properties have more cracks and drafts. A mouse can fit through a hole the width of an ink pen; do not underestimate how tightly they can squeeze! To oust rodents from your home, make sure any cracks are sealed up in your skirting boards and walls.
- Overwhelm their senses. Just like using peppermint as a deterrent, you must up your game in this regard to drive out rodents that are already in your home. Soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil or citronella formula and placing them in any cracks or entryways that the rodents are using will stop them from entering. For this to work completely and drive the rodents out of your home you will have to continue this practice for some time
The other super common form of household pest is insects. This could be in the form of flies, bees, wasps, moths, or even spiders. Insects are less feared than rodents but can be equally damaging to your home. Plus, they are often associated with dirt and infection and can make people feel quite disgusting when they make their way into the home environment. If you want to get rid of bugs using pest control without harmful chemical interventions, read on to find out how.
First, let’s see how you can prevent bugs from entering your home in the first place!
- Keep food, particularly perishables, in sealed containers. Bugs like flies are attracted to food, especially if the food is perishable like fruit. If you leave this type of food out in the open, you are more likely to attract flies and cause an infestation.
- Keep your home ventilated. If you want to prevent moths and cluster flies, keep your home extremely well ventilated. This means opening windows and doors regularly to allow fresh air into the house, and avoiding piles of damp, worn clothing as this will attract moths very successfully.
- Treat your home for dampness and mold. If you have any dampness or mold in your home, now is the time to be rid of it. Warm, moist environments are perfect breeding grounds for insect eggs; if you remove mold with strong substances like bleach, you will kill any eggs that are laid there.
Of course, sometimes preventative measures do not work as we planned, meaning you need to exterminate or remove bugs from your property. Most people do not have a problem with exterminating flies which are infesting their homes; if you have a fly or moth infestation, call a pest control company right away. You may need to have your home fumigated, which is a comprehensive extermination of all insects who live there.
Other insects, though, such as bees, can be removed without killing them. Here’s how.
Removing a beehive without killing the bees.
This is a very common dilemma for many property owners who find themselves with a beehive. Bees are precious, important parts of our ecosystem, and are decreasing rapidly in numbers. Nevertheless, if you have children or pets and have a beehive close to, or even inside your property, this could be very dangerous. Here are two key methods of removing bees without killing them:
- Humane removal. Most pest controllers will not exterminate colonies of bees, and for good reason – they are endangered and should be protected. If a hive is dangerously close to your home and kids, though, try contacting local beekeepers. These professionals have the correct protective gear to remove a hive, without destroying it, and relocate it to a further away spot.
- Strong smelling substances. If you can not access a humane removal team, you can “smoke out” bees using similar methods to rodent deterrents. Citronella and peppermint will drive away bees out of the hive. This should be a last resort, as the results are not guaranteed and this method is not great for the colony either.
DO NOT attempt to remove a beehive yourself. No matter if you think the hive is dormant or that there are not many bees, you could be sorely mistaken. Bees will react to a disturbance of their hive and become territorial. It is very important that anyone who moves a beehive is wearing full protective clothing.
Final Thoughts on Pest Control
If you love animals and do not enjoy the idea of killing them through pest control, try to implement humane alternatives using the suggestions here. While some pests, such as flies, need chemical extermination, others can be handled more naturally.
What methods of humane and natural pest control have you used and found effective? Tell me your suggestions in the comments below.