When the weather outside changes, sometimes the bugs inside can get ridiculous. Depending on the environment in which you live, house pests can come in all shapes and sizes. It helps to equip yourself with a little bit of knowledge concerning these pesky intruders.
When you know what you are fighting, you will have a much better chance of obtaining a pest free home. Here is a quick overview of some of the most common household pests and a few natural ways to get rid of them.
Pantry (or grain) moths are the moths that live in your cupboards. They are the worst sort of moths to have in the house, because they affect your food. If you have anything opened like nuts, flours, pastas, or any grain-based foods, then you have an opened buffet for pantry moths to feast upon.
Some simple remedies for pantry moths include cleaning out any opened packages. Make sure everything is in a sealed container if you are not going to use all of it after you open the packaging. Adding a few sage sachets to the cupboards will help repel any future visitors.
Cockroaches are probably the most common home intruder, and they are absolutely disgusting creatures. The best way to battle against a roach infestation is to clean up any food around the house and sprinkle a border of boric acid around the outside of the house.
Roaches will eat the boric acid, share it with their friends, and die. The good news is that the substance is not harmful to your family or your pets.
Silverfish are at home in moist, wet areas of your home. Try to keep the areas around sinks, bathtubs, and toilets dry and clean. Also, adding a rosemary plants will act as an excellent natural deterrent, as silverfish hate rosemary.
House flies are possibly the most annoying house pests. The best way to prevent against their intrusion is to keep the trash covered, do not let your fruits spoil, and always keep your countered wiped clean.
Also, a great natural fly trap is simple. Just put mix a little water and dish soap, and place it on the counter in the kitchen. The flies will investigate the situation, and drown.
Spiders are an interesting sort of pest. It may not be best to rid your home completely of these creepy crawlers, as they are great for eating tons of other pesky invaders. If you must ride your home of spiders, a simple solution of water and vinegar will take them out quickly and naturally.
Ants are another pesky intruder that seeks to devour your sweetest food sources. The best natural remedies for ants are salt and chalk. They cannot cross where the substance is present, so sprinkle some salt around your window seals and door frames.