Tips On How To Keep Common Household Pest At Bay

Published On June 28, 2019 | By David Standridge | Home improvement

Pests, whether small or big, have always had some negative impact on our lives. Their quest to live leaves a trail of destruction and sometimes disease. Pests may be insects, arachnids or mammals. Some pests can increase their numbers within a very short period; these pests include small mammals such as rats or mice, fleas, cockroaches, and bedbugs.

If your pest situation is out of control, click here. There are numerous non-toxic ways to keep pests at bay, and these methods are applicable after a date with the pest control experts or as a precautionary measure.

Employing services of cats

The saying ‘’when the cat is away the mice will play’’ makes sense. Cats are the great nemesis of rats and mice. Keeping a cat or two will always keep the numbers of these pests in check.

Using borax

Borax is a non-toxic substance that can be used to create cheap ant traps. A mixture of water, sugar, and borax can be used as a great way to trap ants. 


By always maintaining tidiness, you will deter most pests. This method is simple; it involves keeping surfaces clean, proper disposal of refuse/food, cleaning the floors, and keeping the rooms well aerated.

Basil leaves to deter fruit flies

This is as simple as soaking basil leaves in water overnight, then transferring the solution to a spray bottle and spraying the infested areas. This will be vital in keeping the fruit flies away.

Keeping cockroaches away

Cockroaches are attracted to moist surfaces. Simple tricks such as fixing under sink leakages. Alternatives such as sprinkling borax around the will greatly deter them from spreading all over the house. A saucer of beer can also be a great way of catching cockroaches, once they sip and get drunk sweep them and eliminate them.

Mice and rats 

Using non-lethal ways such as traps to catch these small mammals is a great option compared to the use of chemicals. Using chemicals can have adverse effects on the environment, such as unpleasant smell when they die in die in hiding. Rotting mammals will also spread disease.

Pantry Moths

These moths will invade your cupboards and eat your dry foods as if that is not enough the will reproduce in your dry foods. To get rid of them discard any contaminated food items, wipe the cupboards clean and throw in there some dry bay leaves.


Fleas are one of the most unpleasant pests to have in your home. If you spot them in your house or on your pets fur wash surfaces with d-limonene based cleansers which are made from peels containing citrus. To many, this might be too much work, but it is well worth trying. 

Closet moths 

These moths are pests with destruction in their DNA. Once they invade your closet, they will develop a taste for your clothes, literally eating them. To kill them and keep them away introduce cedar slabs or lavender pouches, these two will keep them off. Introducing woolen garments to dryers will kill the moths. 

The above are some simple non-toxic, inexpensive methods that will eliminate the most common household pests.


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