While most people live in a place where summer weather is something to look forward to during all other times of the year, there are some negative things about summer weather, too. Primarily, summer is the time when bugs and pests come out in droves, which can put a damper on your outdoor or even your indoor summer plans.
Luckily, there are things you can do to keep the pests away, both through hiring a pest control company or by looking into more natural options. To help you with the latter, here are three natural ways to keep your home pest-free this summer.
Make Your Home Inhospitable
In most situations, pests only choose to come into your home because it makes for an easier existence for them. Knowing this, it’s worth your while to take any means necessary to make your home as inhospitable as possible for pests of all kinds.
To do this, you’ll want to start at the exterior of your home by blocking up all holes or cracks that could allow for easy entry. You should also remove anything from close to your home that could be a good place for pests to hide, like wood piles or bushes and shrubs. Moving to the inside of your home, you should strive to keep all areas clean and free of food or other materials that could look like a cozy home for the pests more common in your area.
Try Natural Remedies
If you’re needing a little more help with keeping certain pests away, there are almost always natural remedies you can look into that will be non-toxic to you and your family but will also be effective at keeping targeted pests away.
Some of the most common natural remedies that you might consider using, which will vary based on what kind of pests you’re dealing with, include things like basil, citrus, vinegar, dish soap, salt, cinnamon, peppermint, and more. Just make sure that the natural remedy you’re using has been known to help for the pests you’re dealing with.
Keep Food Contained
For many pests, what really gets them eager to come to your home is the allure of food. But since you have to eat food to survive, too, you can’t just not bring any food into your home.
The trick here is to ensure that any food you bring into your home and eat is properly contained so that it won’t draw in unwanted pests. This can best be done by cleaning up food as soon as you’re done making it or eating it and making sure that all food is stored in airtight containers that won’t let off scents of food or allow pests to make their way inside.
If you want to enjoy your summer without worrying about pests, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you see how this can be done.