Home Tips: A Simple & Practical Guide To Repel Pests

13 August 2015
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Keeping your home pest-free is not an easy task because most insects like to eat what you eat, and some like strands of hair, dead insects, sweat, dead skin, or fabric. One of the best things you can do is make sure your pest control specialist inspects your home routinely. But there are other things that you can do to repel pests, and this guide will help with that.

Controlling Your Home's Humidity

Humidity is almost as bad as leaving standing water in your home because the moisture is somewhat invisible, which makes it harder to remove. Moisture attracts insects because, just like you, they need to consume water from time to time. Do not forget that moisture is usually associated with warmth, which helps create a comfortable environment for insects and lets them procreate and thrive.

You need to make sure that you keep your home's humidity level anywhere from 30 to 50 percent, although some experts suggest the ideal goal is 45 percent. Installing a good air conditioner and a dehumidifier should do the trick, as well as purchasing a hygrometer. A hygrometer measures humidity and can be purchased at your local hardware store and online.

You can also ask your pest control specialist about the kinds of bugs that are particular to your state to get a specific humidity that would work best for the insects around you.

Make Your Home Smell

You can try to fill your home with odors that are not pleasant to insects, although they are usually quite pleasant to the human nose. Do not worry; you do not have to make your home reek of any of the following suggestions because an insect's olfactory senses are stronger than a human's sense of smell.

Consider the following:

  • The eucalyptol content in lemon eucalyptus oil helps repel several insects because it clouds their sense of smell. A study revealed that it is powerful enough to repel mosquitoes from your home. Just add 1 to 3 drops of this oil in a regular spray bottle, fill it up with water, shake, and spray.
  • Try cedar oil because it dehydrates insects to the point of death, and they will leave before that happens. You can thank the thujate and thujic content in cedar for this effect, as it also disorientates insects and prevents regular reproductive abilities.
  • Try using the essentials oil from citrus fruits or the citrus peel because they contain a compound known as nootkatone that helps repel insects.

Remember that these measures are preventative and are not meant to deal with an infestation should you already have one. Talk to a pest specialist, like Aardvark Pest Control, about any infestations that you may already have or about other ways you can protect your home.