You've sealed up all of your food, are diligent about removing crumbs as soon as a mess is made, and have cut off all sources of running and standing water you could find in your home. If you're still dealing with pesky critters, read on to see how to naturally combat them and take back your living space.
Use Mint as a Deterrent
Mint works as a natural deterrent for many pesky species. If you're dealing with ants, roaches, beetles, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, or even mice, using mint at key entry points can deter pests from entering the home and get them to leave your home for good.
For the strongest level of protection, consider planting mint around your home's exterior. At doorways, below windows, and even along the foundation. Placing mint plants at even intervals can act as a wonderfully scented and effective pest control method.
If planting mint is not an option or you'd like to take a more direct approach, there are other forms of it than can be used. Mint tea bags can be left in common pest traffic areas, and cotton balls soaked in mint oil can be left out as well. Fill a spray bottle with diluted mint oil, and spray around your home's baseboards, near pet foods, and near other common pest sources.
These are a natural way to rid your home of little critters that just won't leave. While they don't work alone to keep your home free of pests, used in conjunction with other methods to prevent infestations, they can help to rid your home of pests who just haven't gotten the message.
While sticky traps can be used on larger critters, such as mice, it's strongly discouraged. Not only is it inhumane, but it's also unsanitary if not removed from the home immediately.
Sticky traps can be used for non-winged pests, such as ants and roaches. They can also be hung from ceilings and lined on walls to catch flies and their winged brethren.
Call in the Professionals
If you've done everything you could to make your home as unappealing as possible to persistent pests, and you're still dealing with an infestation, it's time to call in the professionals. Living with an infestation of any kind can be anxiety-inducing, and can also have a negative impact on your health.
There are a growing number of pest control professionals using natural pesticides and pest-ridding methods. If you're particularly worried about introducing harmful chemicals into your home, talk with them before they visit. Explain your concerns, and keep talking until you find a pest control technician who listens and understands.
You can also have your home evaluated by a pest control technician who can tell you if there's more you can do to deter pests from making your house their home.
Discovering an infestation of any kind in your home can be enough to make you want to pull out your hair. If you've done all that you can think of to make your home an unwelcome one for pests, consider the three options listed above. Sometimes, professionals need to be called in for more severe infestations, but many now offer chemical-free solutions to your pest problems.