There are a variety of pests that can invade any home or garden. Most of them are harmless as they don’t carry poison or such-like, but they can turn a hygienic household into the equivalent of a toxic waste dump. That’s why it’s important to get rid of them. Children and the elderly are among the biggest at-risk category associated with an invasion by a pest. However, the good news is that most of these pests are simple to get rid of.
If ants are invading the household through a crack or just through the door on a summer’s day just grab a piece of chalk and draw a line. The ants will never cross it as the chemicals within the chalk aren’t friendly to pests such as them.
Ant colonies are just as easy to remove. Just get a fizzy drink and poor it on to a shallow lid. Place it near the colony and keep refilling it each day. Move the lid a few feet away each day and it will eventually move the colony further away from the home. Large colonies won’t take the bait though as they utilise many food sources.
Slugs are public enemy number one when it comes to a garden. To stop them chowing down on all those green and leafy plants grab a shallow jar lid and fill it with beer. For some bizarre reason, slugs are just like many humans in that they love beer. The difference between slugs and humans, though, is that they drink so much beer that they literally drown in it. Just replace the lid each day and eventually all the slugs will be gone.
Many people hate using commercial poisons to eliminate cockroaches in their home as sometimes the poisons are unsuitable for children and those with any pre-existing medical conditions. A paste of baking soda, water, and powdered sugar can be concocted. This paste should be soaked into small balls and placed around the areas where cockroaches are found. The paste will dry their bodies out and cause them to die. The great news is that cockroaches are also cannibals, which means the infected bodies will be eaten by other cockroaches that will also die.
The above method can be quite messy, however there’s such a thing as poison-free spray. Simply fill a bottle with water, dish soap, and baking soda. Using the same ‘drying out’ principle as before, spray the cockroaches to dry them up and disorientate them. Just as before, any other cockroaches will eat their dead companion and also die. The only difficulty is clearing up the mess.
This is quite a dangerous method and is not recommended with large wasp nests due to the danger of being stung. However, smaller wasp nests can be removed by placing a clear bowl over the entrance to the nest. If this happens then the sun will cook them all alive and none can escape. If it doesn’t then the wasps will eventually starve to death as they can’t get out.
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