Natural pest control is a great idea if you don’t want to cover your home in chemicals.
However it is important that you know how natural pest control works and how you should use it.
Our professional opinion is that any kind of pest control is a smart move!
Pest problems are the number one threat to Australian homes so every home needs to be protected.
But it’s important to not rely on natural pest control alone…
Natural pest control works best when used alongside professional pest control treatments as each works in different ways.
Professional pest treatments are guaranteed to eradicate pest infestations and eliminate the need for daily pest control.
The only way to deal with big pest control problems like termites or snakes is with the help of a professional pest control team.
However you can deal with smaller and less dangerous pests yourself with natural pest control ideas that deter pests from getting into your home.
Here’s how natural pest control could work for you:
- To deter mice and rats you could plant mint around the entrance to your home as rodents hate the smell of it.
- Mint is also good for deterring ants or flies. You can make a natural fly spray by mixing mint leaves with boiling water.
- To kill insects, bugs and cockroaches you can just spray them directly with hot soapy water rather than chemical filled aerosols. Although remember that killing one bug does not kill the infestation…
- If you have cockroach problems you could try placing catnip around your home or spraying a a catnip spray as it’s a natural cockroach repellent that won’t harm humans. Obviously avoid this if you have cats though…
- And a top tip for cockroach control is to spray the tops of cupboards and shelves as cockroaches love to climb up high.
- To repel moths place sachets or small bags of juniper, citrus peels or lavender to your wardrobe. These scents are repulsive to moths so they won’t want to breed in your cupboard.
- Citrus is also a known flea repellent so you could try adding some lemon zest to your dogs bath (don’t try this on cats as citrus irritates their skin) or consider buying natural cedar oil shampoo or cedar filled pet beds as cedar is also a known insect and flea repellent.
- To deter ants from hanging around your doors leave a light on at night as it disrupts their foraging patterns.
- A good D.I.Y ant trap can be made by soaking cotton wool in water, borax and sugar and placing it in a container near an ant’s nest. The mixture is poisonous to ants but they will still take it home to their colony and this normally kills most of the infestation. Obviously be very careful doing this if you have kids or pets around!
- You may already use citronella candles to scare off mosquitoes but make sure you’re using them correctly. Citronella candles work best when place low on the ground so the scent rises and isn’t disturbed so much by breeze.
- Planting certain flowers in your garden can stop bugs and insects getting into your home. You can check out our blog post about termite repellent plants here
- Soaking a cloth in eucalyptus oil deters flies. This is useful if you have to leave food out as the cloth will stop flies swarming around your lunch!
- And to keep your bedroom free of bed bugs just thoroughly vacuum every couple of weeks then place bed linen and soft furnishings (including teddy bears) in sealed plastic bags overnight.
Obviously the results of these methods may vary and may not work for some homes.
Natural pest control is only a deterrent and not a cure.
The most important thing though is that you’re doing something productive to keep your home pest free.
Great home pest control means looking after your property and always being aware of potential problems.
What are you natural pest control tips? Let us know in your comments below…