Are You In Need Of A Pest Deterrent?
Every little (or big) critter invading your home or yard will need its own special pest deterrent. Whenever possible, it is always recommended to create an environment where the insect or animal doesn't want to be rather than killing it just because it adores your property. Whether you are looking for a pest deterrent for something as innocent as a fruit fly or something as deadly as a black widow spider, here is a helpful guide to gain control of your home again.
- Ants – The best way to keep ants from invading your home is to sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (the food grade variety) around the perimeter of your home. The sharp edges of this algae that has been fossilized will cut the bug and dehydrate or poison it.
- Black Widows – No one wants to have to get close enough to a black widow spider to kill it so lay horse chestnuts around your home, primarily in window sills, as an effective pest deterrent. Alternatively, small bunches of fresh eucalyptus works just as well.
- Brown Recluse – These are probably the most feared spider in the United States because their bite does some serious damage. Hedge balls, otherwise known as Osage oranges, horse apples or monkey balls are ideal brown recluse repellents. Hang these against walls and they last up to three months.
- Centipedes – Basically, if you keep your house dry and free of clutter, you should not have any centipedes. You can also lay sticky traps along floorboards and corners to catch them but you will have the unpleasant job of peeling these traps away and disposing of them.
- Earwigs – Sodium lights are effective repellents for earwigs. They emit little blue wave light so the bugs are less attracted to your home.
- Fruit Flies – It doesn't matter how many times you squash these things, they don't seem to ever die. Your best bet is to pour apple cider vinegar, wine or juice in a bowl and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes with a fork or toothpick and they will find their way in but few will make it back out alive.
- House Flies – The best pest repellent for these annoying insects is a carnivorous plant such as the Venus fly trap, if that doesn't work, get yourself a fly swatter.
- Lady Bugs – Why would you ever want to get rid of a lady bug? For some reason, if you're opposed to good luck in your home, menthol and camphor are good repellents because they are very sensitive to the vapors.
- Mosquitoes – Here's a pest repellent nearly anyone can appreciate. Reduce any standing water to help keep them away and use natural repellents like DEET.
- Moths – Pheromone moth traps are highly recommended. Additionally, cedar chips, cedar oil sachets, bay leaves, eucalyptus, dried lemon peels and cloves work well too.
- Silverfish – Boric acid works wonders with silverfish as does a product called Orange Guard that uses a citrus component to kill and repel them.
- Termites – Cardboard termite traps are your best option for a pest repellent with these annoyances. You can also use non-edible material if you're working on a new building site such as cedar, redwood or juniper.
- Weevils – You should know that you most likely have eaten a few weevils in your lifetime! Bay leaves, cloves and matchbooks will all keep them away. If you want to make sure there are none living in your grains, throw the food in the freezer for awhile and they'll die.
- Wolf Spiders – Get a cat! These great little hunters are your best weapon against these spiders. Alternatively, Exo-Exempt D Dust happens to be a plant-based, organic insecticide that not only works great, it's pet safe too.