The chemicals found in pesticides can be extremely detrimental to your health. When spraying pesticides in certain areas around the home, chemicals may become airborne, putting your family at risk for inhalation or absorption. Inhaling these chemicals can lead to future health problems for adults and children. We are just as susceptible as insects to the harmful effects of pesticides.
Here are some alternative approaches you can take as a homeowner to prevent certain kinds of pests:
Mosquitoes and Ticks:
Mosquitoes can be found in high concentration and breed rapidly near water.
Make sure there is no standing water surrounding your home to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Use citronella candles and sprays applied to clothing and not directly to the skin. These products do not contain strong chemicals and are safer to use.
Ants, Roaches, and other Indoor pests:
Proactive prevention is essential in keeping pests away.
Clear your home of any standing water produced by a refrigerator or leaky pipes, since warmth and moisture attract these pests.
Be sure all food is well covered and sealed. Caulk any cracks or crevices around cabinets and baseboards as well.
The first sign of a rodent problem is droppings and nesting materials around the house. Take these preventative steps.
Keep all food sealed and take the trash out regularly.
Don't leave out pet food or water overnight.
Fill any crevices will steel wool or wire mesh to keep mice from entering.
Snap traps or electronic traps are good alternative measures.
Weeds & Garden pests:
Herbicides used to eliminate weeds kill good insects as well, so having them in your garden may not be beneficial.
Regularly pulling weeds by hand and keeping a close watch on their reappearance can curb the use of herbicides.
Planting flowers around your vegetables will attract good insects that also kill pests.
Once a week, vacuum your pet's common areas and dispose of vacuums bags immediately so fleas cannot escape.
Lay drop cloths where pets nap or lay. Towels and washcloths will collect flea eggs overtime that can be killed by putting them in the washing machine.
Give your pet weekly baths. This is especially essential if you spot fleas or see your pet itching and scratching. Soap and water will immediately kill any fleas in your pet's fur.
Keep these alternative measures in mind before immediately reaching for a harsh pesticide. Have an enjoyable, safe and pest-free summer!