Understanding the Popular Types of Pest Repellent
Finding the best type of pest repellent definitely can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Granted, there are many different types of pest repellent available depending on the type of pest you want to keep away. However, understanding your own needs can make a huge difference in how well a repellent will work for you. Let’s have a look at just a few of the devices that can be used to keep nasty critters out of your home.
Bait and Traps
Bait and traps are often used for rodents such as rats or mice, but can also be used for larger pests such as opossums which may have found their way into your house. Traps for these animals often involve placing bait inside the trap to lure the animal in. The animal smells out the bait and then triggers the trap while it attempts to eat the bait. Some traps are considered “humane” because they simply cage the animal until it can be freed in a safe and natural environment, while other traps result in the death of the animal. Cat or dog food, chicken, tuna, and sweet vegetables such as corn are great baits to use for luring opossums and raccoons.
The traditional “snap trap” for mice is one that inevitably results in the death of the mouse, but it is very quick and very reliable. Mice can carry a wealth of diseases and should be removed from the home as quickly as possible. Someone without any experience handling live, wild mice may decide that a snap trap is the safest and most convenient method to use. Popular bait options for the snap trap are cheese and peanut butter, however these do not always work. In most cases, the mouse can successfully lick or nibble off the food without setting the trap. One might want to try folding a bit of softened chocolate around the bait lever, then place the trap in the fridge so the chocolate can harden. Not only will the sweet smell of the chocolate definitely lure the mouse, but it will also have to tug on the chocolate in order to free it—which will set off even the least sensitive of traps.
Insecticide is probably one of the better options to go for if one is trying to rid their home of insects such as cockroaches, ants, spiders, mosquitoes, etc. The most common household forms of insecticides include sprays such as RAID and powders such as boric acid. The problem with using sprays is that it is usually only effective in killing the insects when directly sprayed on them. As far as preventing future occurrences of these pests, the “nest” must be taken out. Boric acid is great for cockroaches because they actually carry this deadly powder back to their nest, effectively taking themselves out, however boric acid is also toxic to most animals and humans. A home that has pets may want to avoid using boric acid to prevent the chance of the animal ingesting it.
An exterminator can be hired to fumigate the home. This is sure to kill all insects and is very good at destroying nests, as well. This process usually involves setting up a tent over the home and releasing toxic gases into the house. All humans and pets must be removed from the home until the fumes have been safely removed from the home, as the gas is toxic to most living things.
There are a number of homemade or “do it yourself” remedies that make excellent pest repellents without killing the actual animals. Most insects are very sensitive to certain scents, so much so that they will completely avoid a scent that they find offensive. Peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil are perfect examples of this! Place a few drops of one of the previously mentioned oils onto cotton balls and place them around the house in areas that you frequently see pests. If you know the place where the insects are getting into the house, put several oil-soaked cotton balls there. Fingernail polish remover can be used the same way, however one must be careful where they place this as the strong chemicals in this liquid can actually bleach/stain certain types of ceramic tile.