How To Get Rid Of Household Pests Naturally
Whether you live in the city, or live in the country, there is usually a problem with those pesky pests who decide they want to take over our home. We spend dollar after dollar to get rid of them, to no avail for various over the counter products which do not work. Unless we read the directions of these products carefully, they may put our family and pets in danger. There are several ways to get rid of those pesky pests that most of us have to deal with.
There are recipes for natural pest control which will get rid of those pesky pests.
Exterminators are expensive, and leave us wondering what they did during the entire five minutes they spent in our home. The products they use are concentrated and diluted in water which is placed in the metal tank with a sprayer that the use. You can purchase the same concentrate from a local exterminator or possibly at a home improvement retail store. The cost of a small bottle of roach killer, which also works on silverfish, fleas and those pesky water roaches, costs about $40. However, one bottle will last for a couple of years. So instead of paying for an exterminator, you can do this yourself and then spray the home on a monthly basis.
Exterminators also use the same pellet form poisons for rodents which can be purchased anywhere.
Do It Yourself Extermination With Natural Pest Control
Roach Killing Recipes
Spreading boric acid in areas not accessible to children or pets will kill roaches.
A recipe for these pesky critters is nothing more than liquid dish soap and water. Place a mixture of water and dish soap in a container which the roaches cannot crawl out of. The will die in the container. You can also place a mixture of soapy water in a spray bottle, and spray the roaches directly, which will kill them almost instantly.
The glue traps whether flat or trays, that are used for rodents will also attract roaches, since they love glue. The great thing about these is that when the female roach dies, she drops her egg sack which releases thousands of babies. The babies along with the female will stick to the glue trap. If you see something similar to a pile of pepper, it will be the babies that were released, but dead on the tray.
The roach motel does not really work well enough to be worth the cost. One safe way to poison roaches is to use the hotel type container that is put out by Combat. The container has a poison, which the roaches walk through, and take back to the nest. Then the poison that drops off of the affected roach is then picked up by the roaches in the nest. Roaches are like cats, they wash themselves. It is during the washing when they eat the poison and die. The great thing about Combat is that these containers can be placed inside of cabinets, as well as in silverware drawers, etc.
Rats and Mice
Rats are color blind and intelligent creatures. Mice are cute little things, but carry disease just like rats do. Mice are not as intelligent as rats. One of the problems with these rodents is that the traditional poisons no longer seem to work.
Rats Avoid Traditional Poisons
Why do the rats not eat these green granules and little blocks of poison anymore?
They prefer crumbs and other tidbits they find. A rat is not eating the poison because they have another food source. Rodents love dog and cat food, as well as bird seed. One remedy
is to clean up bird seed from the floor and clean the bottom of the cage more frequently to get rid of the seed at that bottom of the cage. You should put other pets on a feeding schedule. Give them 15 minutes to eat at a regular meal time, and then pick up the food, place it it in away in an air tight container until you are to use it again.
Natural Pest Control For Rodents
There is one food that rodents never get tired of, and that is good old peanut butter. If you prefer to use the green pellets for killing rats and mice, there is one way that they will eat it. Here is the recipe for that last meal.
Peanut Butter Recipe
Peanut butter: plain or crunchy
Mix enough flour with peanut butter to thicken it, and make it easy to roll into a ball.
Add poison to the peanut butter and roll it all into a ball.
Drop the peanut butter poison ball behind your stove, under cabinets, and where kids nor pets can get to it. You may want to place the ball on a plastic tray or lid.
There is no need to try to hide all of the poison. These pesky creatures are more interested in dining on that peanut butter.
Boric Acid Last Meal
Boric acid, powder form is another poison which will kill rats and mice.
Mix boric acid, sugar, flour, in equal amounts.
Then set the mixture in containers in areas where you find droppings, but where children and pets cannot get to it. If you would like, you can also use peanut butter and form peanut butter balls to make another delightful, but deadly last meal for the rodents.
Boric Acid-Powder form
Mix ¼ cup of Boric Acid with a small amount of broth. Rats will be attracted by the smell of the broth.
The end result is to be able to make a ball with the combination of broth and boric acid.
If the mixture is too thin, add more boric acid. If it is just too dry, add a bit of broth.
You do not want an extremely dry poison ball, but one dry enough to ball up the mixture.
Baking soda Recipe
Corn meal, or chocolate, peanut butter can be used also
Mix equal parts of backing soda, flour and sugar together.
Add a bit of corn meal, or chocolate bits to the mixture.
You can then place the mixture in a plastic container, then place the container in a safe area. Of course, if you would like, you can use peanut butter as directed in the other recipes and form balls with this delightful meal as well.
The baking soda is the poison in this recipe. Rats cannot belch, which is what baking soda often used for when humans have excessive gas. The baking soda will get that gas going, and because the rat cannot belch, the gas will kill it.
These are simple, effective home recipes for the last meal of rodents. However, there is one downfall to them. The boric acid and baking soda will kill the rodents, but they are not affected neurologically like they are with the traditional poisons. So, there is a risk of the rodent dying inside of the home causing an odor. Mixing the flour, traditional poison and peanut butter will effect the rodent neurologically, which eliminates the odor if the rodent dies inside the home.
Traps for rodents
Glue Traps: Glue traps do work, but do not seem to hold an adult size rat. The downfall of these traps is that there isn't any poison on them that will kill them. Actually, if you can put up with the squealing for days on end, the rodent will have a heart attack from struggling to get off and die. Or, you can scoop up the trap, place it in a plastic garbage bag, and use a shovel to kill the rodent that is inside of the bag while still on the glue trap.
Wood Traps: The traditional wood traps for rats are large, and difficult to set. The user, if not extremely careful can surely do some damage to their fingers if they get caught in the trap. Remember, rats are smart, so they may get the bait without setting off the trap. Mice will be able to remove bait easily without setting off the rat trap. If a mouse sets off this trap, they are so small, they will get away
There are user friendly plastic traps which will catch mice, and baby rats. It looks like a big plastic clip, with the bait tray in the center. Just coat the bait lever with peanut butter, which is a favorite for mice and rats. While nibbling, the lever causes the trap to clamp down. Again, if the rodent is large enough, this trap may not be able to hold them. They are worth using. You can find these traps in retail stores.
Natural pest control is easy, and can be done with common household products, which are effective and not expensive. One common method of pest control that is used, is moth balls. Moth balls are not safe to use. They emit a chemical which can be inhaled and possibly cause death. Moth balls are not effective on rodents. Rodents get use to the smell, and eventually ignore it anyway.