If you’ve been trying to make the transition to all-natural cleaning supplies and pesticides, it can be hard to stay committed when the seasons change and insects try to invade your home. But, if you follow these three simple steps, it may be possible to get rid of pests without chemicals this year.
While bugs are a crucial part of the ecosystem, some creepy crawlers like cockroaches and ticks pose dangerous threats to humans and pets. Luckily, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are a few ways to get rid of the critters without even venturing to the grocery store for supplies.
First, starve them out. Like humans, pests love food. Make sure you cover up any bags or containers that hold common pantry supplies like flour and sugar. The EPA also recommends that you don’t walk around the house while you eat. You should also clean your dishes right away.
In addition to starving them out, you should also dry them out. While cockroaches can survive for about a month without food, they absolutely cannot live without water. Drain your dishwater from the sink, fix any leaky faucets and empty any excess water from the indoor plants growing in your home.
Lastly, the EPA recommends keeping pests out by sealing any cracks in the baseboards or behind sinks and pipes. You should also check your belongings for any roaches or other insects before going into your home.
While some of these measures may be time-consuming, it’s important to keep your home safe from some of the most dangerous insects in the world.