March 27, 2018

Top 10 Household Pests and How to Get Rid of Them Naturally

For homeowners in San Marcos, there is no better way to effectively control pests than to have a professional handle your unique situation. To those who have not yet switched to San Marcos Pest Control, we offer our professional insights on the 10 most common pests we encounter, and how to get rid of pests naturally with everyday products found in your home. For many, these insights will provide effective solutions for how to deal with common pests and how to get rid of pests naturally. Organic and natural pesticides can work great keeping your home pest free when properly applied. 


Fire Ant

In order to get rid of Fire Ants you must kill the queen ant. One simple trick is to drench the ant mound with very soapy water. Make sure that the whole mound is treated. Use enough soapy water to kill the queen ant.



A natural way to drive wasps from their nests is to mix 1 tbsp. of peppermint oil with 4 cups of water in a spray bottle. This creates an organic repellent spray that is effective; but without dangerous chemicals.



The most effective way to keep spiders from making their home in your home, is to keep the outside of your home clutter free. Create distance from your home and outside clutter. Seal all possible entry points with caulk.



Clean, clean, and clean some more. Seal any space between the counter-top and the wall. Fix water leaks. Make your own, natural cockroach bait; mix 3-parts boric acid to 1-part sugar: Sugar attracts, acid kills.



Do not store firewood or other lumber near your home. Remove tree stumps, branches, and any other wooden debris from your yard. Keep shrubs, small trees, and bushes pruned, maintained, and away from the home.



Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, and Lavender all help to repel or kill fleas. Apple Cider Vinegar also works great to repel fleas; use 1/2 water to 1/2 vinegar in a spray bottle and add essential oils.



You can often get rid of aphids by spraying the leaves of plants with water and a few drops of dish-washing detergent. Mix 1 quart of water, 1 tsp of liquid dish soap, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for an effective mix.



A good way get rid of cicada’s naturally is to spray Essential IC3 or Cyonara Lawn & Garden RTU. These products are safe to use around your home because they are natural and will effectively kill and repel cicadas.



The easiest way to get rid of mice naturally is to soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them near your garage, doorways, and vents. Mice don’t like the smell of peppermint. Traps are always very effective.



Moth balls are among the best solutions to get rid of bats. They not only chase the bats away from your houses but moth balls also make sure that they do not re-enter your home ever again because of their longevity.