Get Rid of Pests Naturally

Recently I was at a friend’s house when I noticed a giant carpenter ant crawling across the wall. The master of the house promptly squished it under his thumb, to my squeamish protests, followed by his description of a crunch and a squirt. Bleck. When love-all-creatures me groused about the kill, he said, “but it was in my house!” to which I replied, “maybe it thought we were in his house!”

Anyway. I cannot tell a lie. I have killed insects before–but generally only under one condition: if it is in the process of sucking the blood from or lending a disease to one of my daughters. I am lightening quick to defend the innocent creatures on this planet, until one of them threatens my children–at which point Mama Bear kicks in and smashing, squishing and general swatting may occur.

But what about pests that like to ramble on in and make themselves at home? Is using a pesticide or rodent trap the best way to get rid of ants, roaches, flies, fleas, mice and rodents in the house? It seems to me that if we do everything we can to persuade them from entering in the first place, we are taking an important first step in alleviating the need for pesticides–both sparing the critters’ lives and taking important precautions for our own health as well. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that poisons that can kill insects can’t be all that great for us either–they are poisons after all. (Read a report of the dangers of household pesticides here.)

Here are a number of tips to prevent pests from entering your home:

  • Get rid of any standing water, damp areas or water-damaged material–they all attract insects.
  • Fix leaky plumbing (good for water conservation too!). Don’t leave water in plates under your houseplants, under your refrigerator or anywhere overnight.
  • Don’t inadvertently feed them! Clean areas where food is stored, prepared or eaten. Don’t leave dirty dishes or pet food out for very long.
  • Store opened food items in tightly closed glass containers which will deter insects from chewing through boxes or bags.
  • Put food scraps and trash in a tightly covered garbage or composting can, and take out the trash frequently.
  • Remove or block their hiding places. Caulk cracks and crevices to block access to your home.
  • Caulk and seal openings in walls, use weather stripping on doors and windows, and use screens on floor drains, windows and doors.
  • Don’t store newspapers, paper bags, and boxes for long periods of time–they make cozy homes. Also check for insects in packages or boxes before bringing them into your home.
  • Vacuum regularly, especially under your appliances.
  • Keep exterior spaces clean to deter flies: Clean up pet litter, and tightly close all garbage cans.
  • For fleas, bathe your pets regularly. Wash mats, beds or surfaces that they lay on and vacuum your house weekly or more.

If these steps fail to curtail your pest problem, you may choose to bring out the big guns. Well, the big non-toxic guns that is. Try these green solutions to pesky pests:

Homemade all natural pest strips
Natural flea control
How to rid you home of mice

What’s you take on household pests? Do you “dispatch” by any means possible? Do you have some favorite all natural tips to share? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear.

84 comments

Steve S.
Steve S.7 months ago

Thanks for sharing useful natural pest control tricks. Proper cleanliness, covered food items, sealing holes, vacuuming, etc. will always help us in keeping common pests away from our homes. All these are some traditional pest control techniques and are 60-70% effective as well. So, sometimes we need a professional pest control services as well to get rid of unwanted pests.

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Mark H.
Mark H.11 months ago

I find that these invasive home pests as stated within this article I read http://www.onlinepestcontrol.com/5-invasive-pest-species-in-and-out-of-your-garden/ , can be dealt with my practicing basic cleaning up. Pests such as ants, rats and cockroaches are attractive to droppings after a meal. Dirty dishes do a world of wonders to attracting these pests since they accumulate food from those areas. I say clean up after you're done in the kitchen and that reduces significantly how many home invasive pests you have to contend with.

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Kiran K.about a year ago

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Jenny Wilson
Jenny Wilson2 years ago

Bed bugs build up immunity to store-purchased pesticides, which are also harsh to use in your home. To help reduce the spread of the nasty pest, instead mix together a spray of equal parts water and tea tree oil and mist over infected areas. Also, directly spraying bugs with rubbing alcohol kills them on the spot. Cleaning and naturally treating infested areas will inhibit the suckers but may not get rid of them completely, making calling in a pro the best bet. Get more info at : http://www.carehomeonline.com/are-pests-your-greatest-enemies-simple-ways-to-get-rid-of-them/

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Jessie Dijkstra
Jessie D.4 years ago

i was hoping also to see more natural ways to get rid of them, not just prevention

Mary L.
Mary L.5 years ago

Thanks.

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ANA MARIJA R.5 years ago

Good tips, thank you!