“No one motorist can cause a traffic jam. But no traffic jam can exist without individual motorists. We are stuck in traffic because we are the traffic. The ways we live our lives, the actions we take and don’t take, can feed the systemic problems, and they can also change them…” – Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
Do you have a pest infestation like scorpions, spiders, carpenter ants, rats, mice, or flies in your home? If so, do you know how to remove them and keep them away?
At the outset of this article, it is vital to be aware that removing pest infestations is only one part of the overall pest control model and method. It is equally important, if not more important, to prevent the pests from returning.
Similarly, it is critical to appreciate the fact that it is never a good idea to attempt to remove these pests yourself. Without answering the “why” response to this statement, it is enough to note the necessity of hiring a pest control company like Responsible Pest Control to remove the pest infestation in a professional, safe, and controlled manner.
It is imperative to reduce the harmful effects of climate change and severe weather events caused by global warming. And, as the quotation by Jonathan Safran Foer mentioned above emphasizes, halting and reversing the effects of global warming is going to take a concerted effort from everyone living on the planet.
Leaving the process of reducing greenhouse gasses to the world’s governments, industry, and climate activists will not result in the drastic changes required to “save the planet” as it were.
Eco-friendly ways to keep your home free of pests
Now that we have described why an environmentally friendly approach to pest control is critical, let’s consider a few ways to keep your home environment pest-free. For the purposes of this discussion, we will assume that a pest control company has been contracted to remove any pest infestations. Thus, the only thing left to do is to pest-proof your home and yard.
Clean up your home and garden
Pests live in piles of rubbish, woodpiles, and organic matter like leaves, grass clippings, and broken tree branches that are left lying around the garden, especially under large, shady trees. Thus, it is vital to remove all piles of rubbish that might be lying around, as well as to rake up and remove all garden refuse. Should you wish to make a compost heap, ensure that it is far away from the house and keep all of the organic litter in one pile.
Use organic cleaners with pest repellent essential oils
Keeping your home clean, tidy, and refuse free is one of the core elements of keeping pests out of your home. Instead of using popular chemical-filled cleaners, you can make an effective cleaning agent from vinegar and essential oils. This combination will remove food remnants and smells; thereby, eliminating the attraction for pests to come inside.