Your home is the one place where you feel totally comfortable and love to be. You've made memories there, and it's where you keep all your beloved treasures and possessions. You want to keep your home safe and free from bugs that can bite, sting, or cause damage to furnishings or to your home's structure.
The most common pests that concern homeowners are ants, roaches, spiders, termites and moths. In fact, there are at least 10 quintillion insects that we share the earth with, according to the Entomological Society of America. This is about one billion insects for every person. A termite nest in South America was once found to have over three million termites. These numbers are staggering, and give you an idea of what you're up against in the fight to keep insects out of your home.
Natural Ways To Get Rid of Destructive Termites
One of the most destructive pests that can plague home owners is termites. They can potentially cause thousands of dollars in damage if they're left unchecked. It's not surprising that home owners look for ways to keep termites from entering their homes, and look for natural ways to get rid of them once they're discovered.
Natural ways to get rid of termites include:
- Using borax - Available in powder or liquid form. Borax is lethal to termites but will not harm humans or animals.
- Sunlight - Termites can be destroyed by bright sunlight and the heat it causes. Any furniture found to have evidence of termites can be aired out in the sunlight.
- Getting rid of moisture - Pay special attention to puddles or wet spots near the home's foundation, and dry the area.
- Cardboard - Cardboard used to make traps can be very effective since cellulose in cardboard attracts females. Once termites gather on the cardboard, it can be burned.
- Keeping your home clean - Helps with termites and other insects. Vacuuming is recommended at least weekly, as well as dusting.
- Keep kitchens especially clean - Always clean up crumbs in the kitchen and don't let water or dirty dishes sit in the sink. Taking away insect's food and water sources helps repel them.
- Wiping kitchen surfaces - Getting rid of sticky residue and crumbs helps deter pests like termites. Cabinet refinishing can also help to make sure traces of food products, grease and other insect attractants are effectively removed from the kitchen.
Keep Pests From Entering The Home
Keep termites and other pests from entering your home by looking for places insects can potentially enter. Sealing holes you've found with caulk is smart, as well as checking door frames, weather-stripping and window sills for entrance spots, gaps and cracks, and repairing them. Natural ingredients like herbs can also be placed at home entrances. Herbs that work especially well to repel insects include lemongrass, bay leaves and cloves.
You'll also want to be aware of wood piles that are placed too close to the home, since woodpiles are a big attraction for termites, ants and other bugs. It's recommended to keep piles at least 20 feet from the house. Never let woodpiles be stacked up leaning directly against the home.
More Natural Insect Repellents
Other things that naturally repel insects include vinegar spritzed lightly in affected areas, and powders like cinnamon, baby powder or chalk placed in spots where you've found insects. Strategically placed cucumber slices can also help repel ants. In areas where you have wood furnishings and structures made from wood like windowsills and cabinets, try sliced citrus peels used to rub onto wood. The scent acts as a repellent and smells good to people. It also helps keep wood surfaces polished.
Natural insect repellents can help you keep pests away that can potentially cause damage or be a nuisance. This helps protect your possessions, and makes your home a nicer place to be.