Home is a place where we can close the doors to all the evils of the world. It is our favorite place in the whole world, here we can embrace its security and warmth. This is where we feel the most protected and where we can relieve our troubled souls. Decorating our homes is one of our many attempts to bring sense and order to our otherwise chaotic lives.
We keep our homes decorated and spotlessly clean because we believe it is a part of our self-definition. But no matter how clean and spotless the house is, insects and other such pests show up occasionally. Some of these are only nuisances and a swat with the rolled-up newspaper is sufficient to drive away for the time being. Others that can bite, sting and carry diseases require tougher treatments. But there are some that can cause structural damage to the house, making the resale value of the house drop.
It is all natural to cringe at the sight of such intruders and reach for a can of bug spray. More powerful pesticides are also available widely in the market, but they don’t promise any permanent solution. Moreover, there are harmful effects of using such chemicals, like irritations to the skin, eyes, and the respiratory system. Some might even cause cancer! Pesticides have damaging side-effects not only inside the house, but also on the outside. They can harm plants and animals, even mix up with the ground water. But the good thing is there are non-harmful and effective ways to rid one’s house of pesticides.
Birds such as pigeons, seagulls, etc. can carry the HINI virus which can prove to be dangerous to human beings. The birds that fly in a flock can also attack human beings when they feel threatened. One way to stop birds from settling down on your rooftop is not giving them any place to settle there in the first place. This can be done by closing off certain areas by putting up nets. You can find out about more pigeon-warding tricks here.
Though some ants do bite and sting, but most species that are found inside houses don’t. To get rid of ants effectively, seal off any kind of entry point to the house using caulk or petroleum jelly. In order to prevent the critters from entering the house, natural ant repellents can be used. Such repellents include pure cinnamon, cloves, chili pepper, garlic, and coffee grounds. Sprinklings of these spices should be left at points where the ants enter the house.
Bed bugs don’t transmit any disease, but their bites can cause itching. Getting rid of these critters is more than a cake-walk. They can hide in any bedroom furniture, mattress seams, and pillows. Any piece of clothing infested with bed bugs needs to be washed in hot water and dried for about 30 minutes at the highest setting. The mattresses need to be scrubbed with a stiff brush and then vacuumed.
Bees, Wasps, and Hornets
Some people are allergic to bee, wasp and hornet stings and a single sting can prove to be fatal for them. To get rid of an active nest, wait for the queen bee to move. Then fill the nest with sand to prevent a new queen from setting up her shop.
Cockroaches can be troublesome for people with asthma. Infestation of cockroaches can be prevented by keeping counters clean by wiping them with vinegar. Big gaps and holes in the walls or behind furniture should be sealed with caulk otherwise, it might prove to be their breeding ground.
These methods can rid any house-owner from the eerie bumps and squeaks made by these critters at night. Plus, there’s the comfort of being worry-free of the diseases they might transmit and relief from their disgusting sight.
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