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Four Tips For Protecting Your Home From Pests

Being the head of the household comes with a special set of responsibilities. It’s in your instincts to want to protect your precious children from harmful and annoying pests – human and otherwise.

The most common annoyances of all are pests like rodents and insects. The sight of a cockroach or a mouse in your home can be indicative of a serious infestation in your home.

These species are not only creepy but they also carry germs with them that can contaminate food in your house. That’s why it’s important to rid your home of these types of invaders immediately.

Take the Natural Approach

If you want to rid your home of pests without the use of strong, poisonous chemicals, there are some natural methods that are both safe and effective. Essential oils, for instance, are known to repel all kinds of insects and rodents.

Essential oils are the oils extracted from plants. For centuries, people were using plants to repel pests of all kinds.

Essential oils like lavender, cinnamon and basil will keep bugs such as moths, spiders and cockroaches away from your home.

All you have to do is dilute these oils in some water and pour this mixture into a spray bottle.

Spray windows, entryways and kitchen cabinets with this natural repellent to keep the pests away.

Use Store-Bought Sprays

Today, almost every grocery and hardware store carries sprays that kill bugs on the spot. These sprays are great for killing cockroaches and other insects quickly before they get a chance to reproduce.

These sprays contain an ingredient called pyrethrum that paralyzes all nerve activity inside a bug.

Hire a Professional

Sometimes, it’s best to leave extermination to a professional. Companies like A-Alert Exterminating Service Inc. can determine the severity of an infestation and determine which method is best to ensure that your home is free of pests of all kinds.

If you suspect you have a serious pest infestation, killing a couple pests here and there isn’t going to resolve it. Instead, call a professional extermination service.

They have the tools necessary to wipe out an entire population of pests in your home.

Prevent Future Infestations

One of the best ways to keep your home free of pests is to take the necessary precautions that prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place. Keep bagged foodstuffs like cereals, flour and pasta tightly sealed in your cabinets.

Don’t let garbage sit in your kitchen for more than 24 hours. Also, make sure your garbage is in a sealed container.  It’s also very important to make sure doors and windows are sealed as many bugs and rodents like to enter a home when it’s cold or rainy outside.

By following these four tips, you’ll be able to keep your home free of pests for good. That way you can keep your children safe and worry free.

It may seem like a lot of time and effort, but pest extermination is definitely something your whole family especially your kids will thank you for.

About The Author

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah, enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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