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Natural Home Pest Solutions

Monday, November 24, 2014

Colorado is home to dozens of insects and other pests that can invade your home and become an annoyance; some even pose a health risk to you and your family if not eliminated.

Many pesticides, however, can also be a health hazard to people and pets if not used properly. Following are some natural, chemical-free ways to control pests in and around your home.

Dry and Clean

Many pest insects and rodents are attracted to food and water sources in the home. Maintain clean food preparation areas, and regularly dispose of indoor trash and recycling.

Store dry food in sealed containers, and keep fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, and make sure kitchen and bathroom sinks and their underlying pipes are free of leaks.

Deny Access

Seal potential pest entry points, such as baseboard cracks, crevices around ducts or vents, and gaps around pipes. You may think these holes are too small to allow entry, but pests like mice can get through surprisingly small entries.

Patch holes in window screens, and make sure window borders are also sealed. Keep firewood, lawn debris and garbage away from the immediate exterior of your house.

Nature-Born Killers

If pests have already made your home their home, there are natural alternatives to pesticides that you can try.

The website Eartheasy: Solutions for Sustainable Living details a number of nontoxic, natural pest control ideas for common home invaders including ants, dust mites, roaches, fleas, wasps, moths, silverfish and more.

When to Call a Professional

If you’re faced with a pest infestation that does not respond to natural remedies, or even to traditional pesticides or traps, it’s advisable to consult with a pest control professional.

It’s also a good idea to call an expert if you notice the presence of pests that are a potential danger or health risk, such as wasps, mice or rats. In addition to eliminating the pests, a knowledgeable pest control technician can provide you with tips to prevent future problems.

If you need help controlling pests in your home or business, please contact Animal & Pest Control Specialist Inc. online or call us at 303-987-0842. We welcome customers from the greater Denver and along the Colorado Front Range from Castle Rock to Fort Collins.


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