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Feb 09

My Guide to Getting Rid of 6 Creepy Crawlies from Your Home

Looking after the house feels like a never ending job. There are lots of tasks that I find fun, like doing some creative DIY. But some things are just necessities that someone has to deal with. Preventing and getting rid of pests is one of the worst things about taking care of a home. Of course, prevention helps to keep them away, but it’s not a guarantee. Out of all the pests that can get into your home, the worst ones for me are anything with more than four legs. Of course, rats, mice and bats aren’t welcome either. But I can’t stand the thought of something creepy crawly infesting the house! Getting rid of them can be tough, but here are my top ways to do it.

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Ants

Ants are some of the easiest pests to get rid of on your own if you ask me. You shouldn’t really need to hire someone, although it might be necessary if the problem is bad. If there are ants in your house, the first thing to do is stop them getting inside. You need to find all the entry points and seal them off. It can be a little difficult as they can obviously get through tiny gaps. But taking the time to do it will keep other pests out too. Even mice can fit through a hole the size of a pencil! You can use lots of natural repellants, including cloves, cinnamon, garlic and peppermint. For something less natural, Borax is often used to drive ants away.

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Termites

You need to be careful if you think you’ve got ants because they could be termites instead. The termite looks similar, and it can be hard to tell the difference. They can cause havoc in your home as they munch away on wood. Left to get too bad, a termite problem might cause structural damage. To get rid of termites and make sure they stay gone, I recommend calling out professionals to deal with the problem. If you want to try and deal with the issue at home, you can try using Borax, orange oil and neem tree oil. You can prevent termites by keeping piles of mulch and compost away from the house.

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Fleas

Fleas are usually brought in by your pets, so you can prevent them by giving your cats and dogs flea treatments. Once you’ve picked up a flea problem inside, they can be difficult to get rid of. They can get into your carpets, and they’re hard to get out. You should start by treating your pets and vacuuming regularly. Each time you vacuum, make sure you throw the bag away. There are lots of remedies you can use to help get rid of them too. You can find natural solutions such as lemon and citronella. However, it’s best to get out a flea spray and give everything a good spray.

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Cockroaches

Cockroaches are hardy creatures that can famously service a nuclear disaster and live for three days without a head. So they can be understandably difficult to get rid of. It can be hard to tell if you have a cockroach problem, since they’re nocturnal pests. But if you manage to spot one of them, there are sure to be more lurking about. As with ants and termites, boric acid can help to deter roaches from your home.

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one infestation you really don’t want. Once they appear, the problem is extremely hard to solve. I highly recommend that you call a professional service to come and exterminate them. While they can be more common in places like hotels and hostels, they can still appear in your home. They can be expensive to get rid of, but if you rent you can ask your landlord to pay for the costs. If you do decide to do everything yourself, you’re going to have to give your mattress a good clean. Sheets and other bedding need to be washed in hot water and dried on a hot setting. You can use a bed bug cover for your mattress to protect it.

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Spiders

Spiders might not be as annoying as some other pests. They probably won’t bother you, although they might leave cobwebs everywhere. Spiders will often come inside during the winter, so you might find you have more then. However, unless you’re overrun with spiders, leaving them alone can help keep other pests at bay. If there’s a nest, use a saline solution to stop them getting out of hand.

Some pests are harder to tackle than others, but you can get rid of them. For best results to deal with a tough problem, call out a professional pest control team.

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  1. krista

    Fleas are the WORST!! We’ve unfortunately had to deal with them a couple times, they’re horrible. Thankfully we’ve not had to deal with any of the others on this list, hope never to have to!

    1. Stephanie Rutledge

      I agree! When we first moved to Louisville one of our neighbors had fleas bad and our poor pup got then, luckily I caught it really early.

  2. Lora

    Great . Thanks for sharing. really helpful and informative article

  3. Hazel Owens

    I didn’t know that keeping piles of mulch and compost away from your home could help deter termites. I’ll make sure that when we fertilize our yard, the mulch stays a good distance from our home. Granted, if I do end up getting termites, I’m definitely calling a professional to deal with them. Thanks for the article!

  4. Christina

    You make a good point about calling professionals to deal with a tough pest control problem. Your revelation that anything with more than 4 legs is especially creepy for you was pretty funny.

  5. Kaitlyn

    Thanks for sharing this guide! It’s good to know so many natural solutions are available.

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