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5 Pest Prevention Tips for New Homeowners

One of the most exciting days in any person’s life is when the move into a new home. Not only does it symbolize having a piece of the American Dream but it also marks being able to create some lasting memories. So when you’re in the process of moving in your furniture and hanging up pictures, one of the last things that you want to see are pests. Yet sometimes, it does indeed happen.

And while you could call over a professional exterminator to handle the matter for you, they can oftentimes be costly. Plus, they tend to use harsh chemicals that are loaded with toxins and fumes. That’s why we wanted to provide you with five natural pest prevention tips. If you follow these, not only will you be able to get rid of the pests that you currently do have, but you’ll also be able to prevent them from coming back as well.

Spiders. It’s not uncommon to see a spider or two, especially if it’s in the attic or basement. The good news is that they are fairly easy to get rid of. One scent that many of us like, they actually can’t stand and that would be peppermint. So, get some peppermint essential oil and put a few drops of it into a spray bottle. By adding a bit of detergent and water, you can spray it directly on the spiders and cobwebs and they will die. You can also spray some along your doorposts to prevent other spiders from coming.

Roaches. Can there be anything grosser than a roach? Especially since according to many exterminators, if you see one, it’s a telling sign that others are not that far away. Something that you can do to keep them at bay is to put one part baking soda and one part sugar in a small bowl (one that doesn’t have high sides). Then, in a bowl right next to it, pour some water inside. The roaches will typically eat the soda/sugar first and then drink the water. It will create a gas inside of the bodies that is toxic. You won’t have to worry about roaches bothering you again.

Flies. Something that flies can’t stand is a little eucalyptus oil. So, if you happen to see one flying around, pour a few drops along with some water into a spray bottle and spray them directly. It will stop them dead in their tracks (literally).

Ants. If you were to ask a company like Forsyth Exterminating for a tip on how to naturally get rid of ants, one thing that they might tell you is to use some white vinegar. All you have to do is pour some into a spray bottle and the spray anywhere you see ants. It will get rid of the ones that you do see and keep others away for weeks on end.

Insect repellant. If you’re curious to know about what kind of insect repellant that you can use on virtually any kind of pest, one that we would recommend is a natural all-purpose spray. All you’ll need is eight ounces of apple cider vinegar, 45 drops of essential peppermint oil and 15 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix the ingredients, spray as needed and then store in the refrigerator when you’re not using it. The spray will last for up to three months and it’s a highly effective way to keep pests from coming into your home. Awesome.

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