Did you know there's a natural, non-toxic way to fend off unwelcome guests that won't break the bank?
Believe it or not, you won't have to douse your house in toxic fumes to get rid of cockroaches, ants and other critters that have taken up residence in your cupboards and floorboards.
If you're tired of laying out traps that don't work, or are worried about what your family is breathing in when you spray to get rid of them for the season, keep reading and find out how you can take care of all these pests quickly and easily.
Boric Acid Gets The Job Done
Boric acid has been used for decades to control household and garden pests.
It's a chemical cousin to Borax, since both contain the element boron.
Borax works to destroy the insects' stomach lining and interferes with their digestion. After ingesting this white powder, it won't be long before they are gone for good.
Of course, you don't just want to sprinkle powder all around your home. But we have some surefire tips that will get rid of your pest problem, without requiring a vacuum for after.
Baking For Bugs
Everyone knows that cockroaches are resilient creatures and are incredibly hard to get rid of.
Serve them up yolk Borax bombs and you will be seeing the last of them. Just mix hard-boiled egg yolks with white sugar and Borax to make this appealing meal that will take care of your pests.
Most animals love the sweet stuff, and ants are no exception. Worker ants eat liquids while the queen and her babies eat solids. So to get rid of the whole colony, you'll need to make both baits.
Mix the Borax and powdered sugar in a 1:3 ratio (1/4 cup of Borax and 3/4 cup of sugar) to create a paste. For the liquid, mix 1/4 of Borax with 3/4 cup of honey or maple syrup.
If you are dealing with ants in your garden, create your bait on a plastic lid so your plants aren't harmed in the process.
Fighting Back Against Fleas
Fleas can be a very annoying critter to have brought into your home. Borax is a great way to control fleas, and one treatment can continue to kill fleas and their eggs for up to a year!
Start by vacuuming your home really well. That means moving furniture and cleaning underneath.
Then, sprinkle Borax directly onto the carpet, in the creases of your furniture and anywhere fleas may want to hide. Work the Borax into the fabrics with a small broom handle.
Let the powder work it's magic for at least 36 hours and then vacuum up as normal to get rid of the dead fleas.
More Ways To Keep Bugs At Bay
Along with these safe and natural traps, there are some easy way to drive pests out of your home before they can multiply.
First, bugs are like any other animal. They come into your home looking for three things: food, water, and shelter.
Patching up leaky pipes, securing the food in your cupboard (say, with cheap plastic bins), and patching up holes in your walls will keep out pests.
Pay special attention to spaces behind furniture, behind appliances, and around your garbage cans for nasty food residue.
And remember to work indoors and outdoors: look for ant nests and bug burrows along the perimeter of your home's walls.
It pays to be proactive. The minute you see bugs in your home, start setting out bait and glue traps.
Dealing With Even Bigger Problems
While we're reinforcing your home against creepy crawly intruders, let's deal with the four-legged kind too.
Mice and rats move into homes for much the same reasons as bugs: they're looking for food, water, and a place to nest.
But rodents are a little easier to drive away than bugs. Their strong sense of smell can be turned against them.
Leaving a supply of anything with a strong aroma near where you've seen mice can drive them out of your home.
Some useful products include:
- Baking soda
- Peppermint oil (dab some on a cotton ball)
- Tea bags or loose tea leaves
- Kitty litter
- Moth balls
- Dryer sheets
Using Traps - The Smart Way
Another important part of getting rid of mice is using traps effectively.
Most home owners just set up one or two traps - in the garage or behind the fridge - and hope for the best. If you expect to actually catch anything, you'll need to be a little smarter.
Start by placing traps in places you've already seen rats or mice, as close to their nest as possible.
Position snapping traps along a wall - that way it's harder for rodents to avoid the pressure plate.
Cheese is good bait, but dried fruit and Nutella will also work well. You can even tempt rodents with nest-building material like cotton balls and feathers.