How to Get Rid of Bugs (frugally):
There are very few things my my family hates more than a bug. Perhaps a spider, snake or rat could do the trick, but none of them are exactly welcome in our home. Eliminating these little critters are a high priority in the our household to say the least, so I took it upon myself to learn all about them. That is why today I wanted to show you how to get rid of household pests without really spending any money.
What I quickly discovered is that the problem is food chain related. Gross as it may be, spiders eat bugs, snakes eat spiders and rats, and rats eat about anything as a rule. One follows the other, so if you eliminate one food source, you eliminate the others by default.
Here are my 6 tips on How to Get rid of Household Pests without spending money
1. Get rid of any standing water on the property
Ah those mosquitoes. Don’t you just love them? If you have water that is sitting anywhere on your property, then you have a breeding ground for the little critters. These guys are nasty and they will continue to breed until you get rid of that water. Get rid of puddles, swampy areas, old swimming pools with stagnant water and anywhere else you might find moisture. For fountains and the like, make sure you keep the pump working to keep the skeeters away.
2. Seal up those cracks around your home
Bugs, mice, roaches, spiders and all manner of insects have to get in your home somehow. Having multiple points of entry is only making it easier. The more you have of any one thing, the more of the others you will have eventually. Shore up your defenses by walking the perimeter of your home. Look for cracks, crannies and openings in which these critters can squeeze through. The more of these you seal up, the tougher it will be for them to get in. Make sure you also look under the crawl space and in the basement if you have one.
3. Move that wood pile away from the house
I had no idea how much of a bug magnet a wood pile was until I moved mine. There were all manner of critters under there. I found spiders, centipedes, ants and bugs I had never seen before. I also saw a black snake that was not happy to see me. Get that wood pile further out into the yard. These piles are miniature Eco-systems in which household pests are the primary residents.
4. Clean up any messes or trash in the yard
Everything I said above about the wood pile is doubly true about trash. For obvious reasons, it attracts bugs and critters that will not be welcome in your yard and home. Clean up real good and you will certainly see a difference.
5. Put your outdoor lighting in your yard and not on your home
Another great tip I got from a local bug guy was to move all outdoor lighting further away. Flood lights, patio lights, yard lights and porch lights can all be effective from a distance. Lights attract bugs, so why would you put one right by your door to let them in the house? Put the lights as far from your home as possible and aim them where you need them. With today’s LEDs and various other options, that was not tough for us to do at all. The bug count went down right away.
6. Get a cat or ten
Yes, it is gross. Still, my cat, humbly named Simon Lebeaux, does more to quell the bug count in my home than probably anything else. He hunts them like they are quarry on the African plains. 🙂 I don’t want to know what he does with them when he catches them, but I am sure it is a quick death. Get a cat and you will lose more bugs than you could imagine without lifting a finger.
So those are my tips on how to get rid of bugs and household pests.
Now it is your turn… What tips to you have to eliminate pests and bugs?
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