Getting Rid of Household Pests
One of the most common household pests that any homeowner should attend to is the silverfish. Often found in old books, under mattresses or old sofas and in damp and dark areas.
Another home remedy for how to get red of silverfish is mothballs. Silverfish cannot stand the smell of mothballs, so place these on areas where you find these insects are seen frequently.CucumbersThe smell of cucumbers acts as a good repellent for silverfish. Cut thick strips of a cucumber and put these strips inside your cabinet, cupboard or other slots where you think silverfish may be hiding. Replace the strips with new once every time they dry up.DehumidifySince silverfish love damp and wet places, make sure that there are no broken water pipes or stagnant water where these insects can breed. It is also important to minimize the moisture in the air by using a dehumidifier or simply making sure that all areas in your house are properly ventilated.
You can also try pouring a small amount of boric acid power in the areas where you think silverfish flock. It has been proven that large populations of silverfish have been killed using boric acid as a home remedy to get rid of silverfish.
Silverfish can also be trapped using wet newspapers left out overnight. Make sure to collect the wet papers early next morning before the insects scatter around and dump these papers into a sealed trash bag.
Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of “workers”, “soldiers”, or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called “drones” and one or more fertile females called “queens”.
Keep it Clean!
- The first step to eliminate ants is to cut them off from any food source.
- Needless to say keep you dishes and kitchen clean.Wipe floors and counter tops regularly with a mild cleaning aid. Vinegar repells ants.
- You can wipe the kitchen counter tops with vinegar at night time and wipe again with a pleasent smelling cleaner to get rid of the vinegar smell.
- Wash all dishes as they’re used or place them away or into the dishwasher and shut the door tight.
- Make sure your cupboard doors and kitchen walls are wiped clean at least 3 times a week.
- Remove all sources of garbage and keep the kitchen bin shut tightly. Rinse all recyclable containers before putting them into storage.
- Sweep/vacuum or Mop the kitchen area daily.
- Rinse off any jar, container or bottle that has a sticky or leftover residue. In particular, eg sauce bottles, jam jars,cordial bottles and honey and syrup containers.
- If you have a bad ant situtation and need to keep ‘ant attractive ‘ foods out, place them in a another container of water to avoid ants attacking.
- Seal every food item in containers. The containers need to be of the sort that ants cannot get into. Be relentless about this for 3-7 days. The ants, having nothing to eat, will go elsewhere. This works because the ants are following the chemical trails left by other ants, who did find food.
- You may also need to seal fragrant items such as cleaning powders, deodorants, and the like in case these attract the ants’ initial attention. Watch out for ants near these items.Wipe the containers clean of any dripping regularly.
Find the ant colonies and seal them
- Do some of your investigation work. Try to find where the ants are entering the house. Follow the first ants to see where they’re entering and leaving from.Especially follow any trails you may encounter. See if they lead to any holles/cracks in walls/tiles. Seal all the entrance holes that you can find using silicone caulk ,putty, glue or plaster. Temporary methods can include petroleum jelly or poster tack. but remember that they will deteriorate over time and open up the gap again.
- Keep a bottle of diluted dettol disinfectant or kitchen liquid soap. Spray ant trails with this to kill them on the spot and also destroy their chemical trail thus preventing more ants from ‘following in their footsteps’
- For added potency include mint oil or citrus peel or citrus oil.
Chalk is made of of calcium carbonate, a nontoxic substance. It doesn’t repel ants or immediately kill them. Ants would prefer to avoid crossing chalk if possible, because the chalk particles can puncture their skin and SLOWLY kill them by dehydration. I have used regular chalk, and it hasn’t been particularly effective. I tried drawing a circle around a bunch of ants. In desperation, they crossed the line anyway.
However, there are some toxic chalks illegal in some countries. These chalks contain lead and mercury compounds. I’ve seen these chalks in action before. Ants die immediately on crossing the line. Most ants avoid it though. It strongly repels them.
Natural kitchen barriers can be drawn as wellA barrier doesn’t need to be wider than a quarter of an inch (6.35mm) but it must be an unbroken line. This will help to keep out new ants into the particular area from coming in from a source.
Powdered charcoal,Turmeric,Cinamon powder, Vaseline,Citrus Oil,Cayyene pepper(hot)
Pour about a tablespoon of sugar syrup(or something to attract ants) on an old plastic lid.
Use a q-tip to draw the boric acid around the syrup so that the ants must walk through it to get to the syrup .Make sure it is evenly distributed without gaps.
Keep out of the reach of children or pets. Be patient as this method can take a week to take effect.
Deadly ant foods Some common foods actually kill the ants as they can not be digested by the ant.Corn Meal and Cream of Wheat are examples. Leave them around near colonies and the ants will eat them and due to inability to digest and bloating of stomach , they will be killed.
Clean and DryThe first is most obvious but Keep it clean. Wipe countertops, mop floors daily in kitchen or dining areas. Use a Trashcan/Dustbin with a tight fitting lid, wash dishes as soon as possible or leave them in a basin of soapy water till you are able to wash them.(Roaches hate soap). Also keep your sink dry.Make sure you dont have any leaks under your cabinets.Roaches can go for a long time without food but not without water so eliminate all water sources.Eliminate access to ‘Roach attractive’ elements
Get rid of those old cardboard boxes and others closed casings and clutter. The corrugated fiberboard the boxes are made of provide tunnels for roaches to nest and lay eggs.Try to keep those loads of unused papersin plastic containers.Try to keep all food in containers . Roaches are attracted to flour ,rice, bread, crumbs,sugars and coco powder, keep such foods tightly closed in appropriate containers. try not to have too many cardboard type ingredient boxes around for long.
Use a Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment in cracks and crevices to keep these free of food particles/crumbs .Roaches love to reside here.Vaccuming also helps to and roach egg pods .Go around your kitchen and other areas you suspect the roaches of entering from and use a simple caulking gun to seal up any holes.
Cats and Catnip
If your thinking of getting a cat heres another reason. Cats will keep not only mice but roaches away as well.Mentioning cats we must bring up Catnip.. This plant helps to keep roaches at bay as well. Use in places where roaches occur. Just sprinkle around.Catnip is available at petstores.Cats go crazy for catnip.
Home Made Repellants/Killers
Tea tree oil,Rosemary oil,Citronella oil
Use a few drops in your cleaning antibacterial solution to help keep the roaches away.