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Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Ways to Eliminate Pests in Your Home

Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Ways to Eliminate Pests in Your Home

By Sarah Smith

Nearly all of us have seen unsightly pests in our homes from time to time. Whether its ants, roaches, or even mice, we cringe at the sight of these creatures and worry about the diseases they may bring into our homes. We're also concerned about using harsh chemicals to get rid of them and how that might affect our health and our environment. The following information provides some guidelines and tips for pest control in a healthy and eco-friendly manner.

Stay Clean and Dry

Prevent bugs from coming around in the first place by keeping your home as clean as possible. Keep basements dry, empty any standing water around the home, and make sure garbage is emptied regularly and not left inside until the end of each week. Don't leave a sink full of water in the kitchen either. This is a cockroach paradise.


Setting out bitter cucumber along counter tops may keep ants from congregating. Another form of pest control includes setting out crushed mint leaves or cloves. Once the ants are already there try setting out cornmeal in various locations. The ants love to eat it but they can't digest it. They'll likely carry it to other ants, killing all the ants that eventually eat it.


Spraying soapy water directly on roaches will usually kill them. Sachets of catnip placed around the home will help deter these disease carrying insects. Garlic gloves placed around the kitchen is a good pest removal technique for roaches. Both roaches and ants are repelled by garlic.


Pyrethrum is a botanical insecticide that will not only eliminate flies but will get rid of different types of beetles and spider mites. Pyrethrum is made from a type of dried chrysanthemum. Homemade fly strips can be made using strips from a brown paper bag. Heat equal parts water, honey, and sugar in a saucepan. After dipping the strips in the cooled mixture, hang them throughout the house.


Mosquitoes are repelled by natural oils such as lavender, citronella, and lemon eucalyptus. Geraniums naturally contain citronella, which is a mosquito repellant. These plants will thrive indoors if near a window with plenty of bright light.


Create a mixture of garlic, cayenne pepper, and horseradish. Spray this mixture wherever the creatures are known to congregate. Pest removal of larger pests such as mice or rats must be done carefully as these creatures can carry disease. If a pest exterminator must be called in, ask ahead of time if they use environmentally friendly methods.

Finally, if pests are still a problem you might want to try Diatomaceous Earth. This is a powder that can be used throughout the home to safely kill all sorts of insects and spiders naturally. If you decide to call a pest exterminator, ask if the company uses organic and natural occurring pesticides.

Action Pest is a Melbourne based termite control and termite treatment business. They take their membership in the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association seriously.

Sarah Smith is a small business owner, and is currently learning about environment, using the internet. Aside from working on her own business, she likes to use social media, and read travel books.

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