Do It Yourself Home Improvements to Keep Pests Away without Pesticides
Everyone knows someone who when faced with a problem around the house would prefer to try DIY tips over forking over hard earned money to hire a professional to do the job.
There are many avenues for do it yourself home improvements, so most of us need a good place to start. Pesticides are inevitable but unwanted guests in every home right from the time that foundations are treated for termites. Drift from the lawns of a neighbor affect even those of us who discourage pesticide application. You can make a significant contribution to the wellness of your family by starting your 2006 do it yourself home improvements agenda with a three-step plan to cut back on visits by professional pest control operators with their kits of deadly pesticides.
* Start with a cleanliness drive to prevent rodents and roaches from using spilt crumbs and beverages for nourishment. Restrict the number of places in the house where people eat and drink, and do a thorough job of sweeping and mopping these areas at least once a day. Most colonies of pests will stay away if they are denied food.
* Follow a rotational schedule of moving things around. Rodents, bugs, roaches and adult flying insects all look for places where they can breed undisturbed. Stagnant pools of water, piles of old clothes in cupboards, drawers and shelves of papers and books, are favorites. The simple acts of keeping corners dry and shuffling collectibles around with a modicum of wiping and dusting, produces great results in keeping many pests away.
* Ask neighbors to let you know in advance when they call in a pest control operator. Most pesticides have fumigant and repellant effects, which drive pest colonies to your home in frantic search for shelter, when a neighboring house is treated with pesticides. Drains and sinks in kitchens and bathrooms are popular sanctuaries during pesticide application at a neighboring location!
We cannot do without pesticides altogether. There are no effective alternatives to using them to get rid of weeds, and to keep infectious fungi away from our walls. Every surface made from the bark of trees will always be vulnerable to termites and other insects that enjoy this kind of food. However we can reduce the incidence of pests, and thereby the frequency and range of pesticide use by improving our hygiene and cleanliness habits.
Some of the best do it yourself home improvements cost nothing!