Non-Toxic Solutions for a Pest-Free Home 

Living with pets is great. Dealing with bugs? Not so much fun. Chemical pest control may work, but the smell and health risks are not ideal for kids and pets. Luckily, there are natural ways to keep pests away from your home. Stride Pest Control can help you get rid of these pests for good, so schedule an appointment today! 

Keeping it clean is key. 

Cleaning up the clutter in your house is one of the best initial actions you can do to combat bugs. It’s a good idea in general, and it eliminates some of the places bugs like to hide. This will reveal them, making treatment easier.

If you find an insect infestation, collect any garments lying on the floor and store them in sealed bags for at least 18 months unless you invest in heat treatments. This is an excellent time to pack and dispose of any goods you no longer use, but avoid the donation center to prevent the infestation from spreading. 

Sealing the gates 

After you finish tidying up your house, make sure to locate and close off any entryways. Tiny openings and crevices near windows, doors, pipes, and utility lines can easily attract pests. To keep visitors at bay, fill in these gaps using caulk. Remember to inspect the vents and dryer connections for any openings. 

Natural repellents 

Nature provides plenty of pest-repelling choices. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Peppermint oil 

According to studies, peppermint oil can repel ants, spiders, and even rodents. In a spray bottle, combine a few drops of peppermint oil with water and spritz it at access points or areas where you have noticed insect activity.

  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE) 

This naturally occurring powder is derived from ancient algae and is toxic to many insects. However, when used appropriately, DE is safe for both humans and pets. Sprinkle DE over pest-infested areas, but keep it away from children and dogs because it might irritate their respiratory systems.

  • Bay leaves 

The pungent scent of bay leaves helps prevent cockroaches and other insects. Place dried bay leaves in cupboards, drawers, and other locations where you have noticed pest activity.

Beneficial bugs are your friends. 

Did you know that some insects may help manage pest populations? Ladybugs, for example, love to eat aphids, and they are a frequent garden nuisance. Introducing these helpful bugs into your yard may help to naturally repel harmful insects.

When to call in the professionals 

While non-toxic approaches can be helpful for minor insect infestations, there are occasions when expert assistance is required. If you are struggling with a serious infestation or if natural remedies have not worked, contact a professional pest control firm like Stride Pest Control.

Professional pest control employs integrated pest management (IPM) strategies that promote safety while minimizing the usage of chemicals. Their expert professionals will evaluate your scenario and offer a solution that is both practical and environmentally friendly.