A lot of homeowners are considering doing pest control themselves, especially if they are not dealing with large and truly harmful pests. Part of the reason for this is because of the easy and instant availability of information, primarily tips, and strategies, in managing and controlling pests.
If you are among these homeowners, you should know that not everything you hear or read about do-it-yourself pest management is true. Some of them do not even make sense, are ineffective and, worse, puts you and your family’s safety at risk. Thus it is important for you to be able to effectively tell which among these tips and strategies are true and which are myths. Here are some of the common DIY pest control tips that you can easily find.
Common DIY pest control myths
Generally, if you got the information from an unreliable source, it would be wise to check the validity of the information before you follow and apply, regardless of how easy and simple the information may be. Here are some of the pest management tips that are not true and should be ignored.
• Sprinkling grits to act as a barrier against ants – If grits are often included in meal preparation, people eat grits. And if people eat grits, ants can consume them as well. Thus, they cannot effectively serve as a barrier against ants. If you follow this tip and sprinkled grits to prevent ants from roaming around your kitchen counter, you can only succeed in attracting more of them rather than deterring them away. At least, you have effectively gathered them in one place in your kitchen. To effectively keep ants away, consider sprinkling borax instead of grits.
• Using cheese with mousetraps – This myth has probably resulted from cartoons showing how mice would do anything for cheese. In real life, however, mice will prefer peanut butter more than cheese. So the next time you want to use your mousetrap, put a drop of peanut butter on it rather than cheese.
• Putting water and penny in a bag to serve as mosquito and fly repellent – There is no published or written report supporting this type of pest management. And based on recent research, shiny pennies and quarters actually attract more mosquitoes and flies. If you want to effectively repel mosquitoes and flies, consider placing pots of herbs and flowers throughout the house. You can use rosemary, marigold, lemongrass or garlic. Mosquitoes do not like their scent and will keep off the area where these are placed.]
• Spraying peppermint oil on webs to get rid of spiders – What this does is it will only cause the spider to leave the web and find another more suitable and safer place to build a new web. So if you do not want to have your house filled with abandoned spider webs, avoid spraying anything on the spider webs. You may, however, consider spraying them with salt and water solution as this works more effectively than peppermint oil. Or, you may want to keep your house cleaner and reduce the clutter so as not to make it an attractive dwelling for spiders.
Real DIY pest control tips
Among the tips and strategies that you hear or read about, here are some examples that you should follow and keep in mind.
• Placing bay leaves inside cabinets and shelves to deter pests – The scent of bay leaves is not attractive to many pests; thus, effectively keeping them away. This is why it is a good idea to place bay leaves throughout your kitchen cabinets, shelves, and drawers, especially in your pantry where you keep most of your food supplies, which is the target of most pests. You can choose to place them inside the containers where you keep your food and ingredients or you can also consider taping them to canisters and jars. Keep in mind, however, that although bay leaves effectively keep pest away, you should still work to maintain a clean and sanitized pantry. Nothing attracts pests more effectively than cluttered and dirty kitchen cabinets and shelves.
• Using vinegar to deter fruit flies – Fruit flies are naturally attracted to your kitchen because of the sweetness of fruits that you place on top of the counters. This is especially true if leave the fruits to rot or decay. To effectively prevent fruit flies from infesting your kitchen, place vinegar in a container and cover with a plastic wrap. Put holes in the wrap to allow the scent of the vinegar to come out and overcome the sweet scent of your fruits; thereby, effectively deterring the fruit flies from coming into your kitchen.
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