Pest control is something that nearly everyone in the area has had to deal with, unfortunately. Even the most vigilant folks with the cleanest houses experience pest infestations. But did you know that the harsh chemicals used in many pest control efforts are not safe enough to be used around family pets? Luckily for those of you with a furry family, there are alternatives to typical pest control solutions. Here are some pet-safe pest control tips to help you rid yourself of problem pests.
Airtight Containers Effectively Deter Pests
Food items such as bread, flour, rice, sugar, and dried beans regularly attract pests to your home. Sealing these items in airtight containers can help you prevent an infestation from ever occurring. You should also regularly check fruit and vegetables that aren’t refrigerated for damage or bad spots in order to ensure fruit flies and other pests aren’t being attracted.
Use Aluminum Foil to Foil Rodents
Aluminum foil is one of the most effective methods for pest control. You can prevent rodents from entering your home by using wadded up foil to fill in any areas where rodents can gain entry. Rodents are unwilling or unable to chew through metal to gain entry to your home, so this is a great tip!
Apple Cider Vinegar Wards Off Fleas
Flea medicines often come with a long list of warnings, so using apple cider vinegar as a flea control remedy can help keep your pets, especially young kittens and puppies, flea-free. You can spray down your furry companion and let the fur dry to make your pet less tasty to these problematic pests!
Baking Soda is a Biopesticide
The EPA recognizes baking soda as a biopesticide that can help you rid your home of termites, ants, and roaches. All you need to do is mix equal portions of sugar and baking soda and spread this mixture on appliances, baseboards, and doors. Sugar attracts insects, and then they consume the mixture and die from the carbon dioxide bubbles generated by the baking soda.
In most cases, you can prevent and treat pest infestations without using harsh chemicals that may harm your pets. Of course, sometimes natural pest control solutions may not be enough. You may need to call in a professional for large or stubborn infestations that don’t respond to natural alternatives.
Here at Got Bugs, our professionals are trained to deal with pest infestations in homes where pets reside. We have an arsenal of pet-safe remedies that are extremely effective when dealing with problem pests.