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3 Household Solutions to Keep Pests Away

No matter the type of pests in your house, everyone wants to avoid pest problems and keep their lives pest-free. We've got a few solutions you might want to try in your own Lexington home.

Protect your home from the most common pests, including rodents, cockroaches, ants, spiders, and even more.

Do everything you can to keep these pests from entering your home in the Lexington, Kentucky, area.

DIY Ways to Control Pests

1. Reduce Common Attractants

In your yard, there are a few things you can do. Declutter the yard by removing fallen branches and tree limbs, collecting fallen fruits and vegetation, and pick up your dog's poop, because flies like to lay their eggs there.

Trim tree limbs, bushes, shrubs, and grass away from the house to reduce harborages for spiders, ants, and other small pests. Trim tree branches at least 5 feet from the roof, shrubs 1 foot from the siding, and grass 2 feet from your home perimeter.

Consider purchasing row covers to protect your garden or crops as well.

In the house, place all your food in sealed plastic containers and store them on a high shelf. Pet food especially is an attractive treat for any pest. Dog or cat food today contains all the essential macronutrients to sustain complex life, which means it's more than enough for an ant, spider, cockroach, or rodent.

Any birdseed in your home should also be monitored and stored carefully to avoid attracting pests, especially mice and rats, which enjoy every morsel they can.

Establish a cleaning regimen to keep pests from hiding in the cracks and crevices. Turn off inside and outside lights to keep moths and other insects from coming near your house and attracting carnivorous arthropods like spiders and centipedes. Clean your drains with an over-the-counter drain cleaner to keep fruit flies, drain flies, and other pests from breeding in there.

Consider purchasing an automatic vacuum cleaner that can run at night and keep mice, rodents, and cockroaches from coming inside.

2. Reduce Common Entry Points

Use silicone caulking, steel mesh, and copper wire mesh to seal gaps in the siding, the spaces around utility pipe entry points, and other large gaps you can find around siding, chimneys, and basement- or ground-level doors and windows.

Not every entry point can be found and sealed, but these suggestions can reduce the most common ones. Be patient, watch the places the pests are going, and don't give up.

3. More Household Solutions

Boric acid | Used in many detergents, this can be purchased at a hardware store or online. It dissolves the joints and other essential body features of insects and other arthropods.

Diatomaceous earth | This works something like glass for small pests with exoskeletons. It cuts up the waxy cuticle that helps keep arthropods hydrated.

Traps and baits | These are available for almost any kind of pest, including termites, ants, cockroaches, spiders, and rodents. We recommend not using live rodent traps and unprotected rodent baits because these can have severe and unexpected side effects.

Soap | Mix grease-fighting soap and water in a bottle to create a spray that works exceptionally well to kill anything with an exoskeleton. WD-40 also works well, but it's much more expensive.

Essential oils | Peppermint oil can be used as a deterrent for spiders and rats, which both detest the odor. Consider using an essential oil humidifier and placing it in your attic, basement, and storage areas.

Cucumber slices | It may sound weird, but this little-known deterrent can keep some pests away. Place thick slices in the soil around your house, especially common areas where spiders and similar pests might enter. Place thinner slices around window sills to prevent arthropods like wood-destroying silverfish away.

Natural enemies | Ladybugs and green lacewings are the natural predators of aphids, mealybugs, and other household plant pests. Spiders, centipedes, mantids, and other carnivorous arthropods can also help keep your garden safe.

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Posted on January 28, 2020.

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