Proactive Bug Control

While we’re in the business of pest control, we also understand that there are other ways to fight bugs, including being proactive about allowing them admission to your house or a fair trail to follow. Below are some ways which have proven themselves to be effective on some level or another.

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Of course, for the best kind of pest control, a pro is the way to go, especially if you never want to be the one swinging a fly swatter at the scorpion in your kid’s bed or spraying Windex along a fifty foot pheromone trail left by the ants who picked your house for their party spot.

So, here are some home remedies you can try:

Ants

We clean. We take out our trash. Then, one morning we go to the kitchen to make coffee and find a trail of ants tromping across our counter like the ASU Sun Devil marching band at halftime. So, we grab the fly swatter or a wet rag and let them have it. Within a few hours, they’re back.


First, it’s important to remember that what you see only represents the smallest margin of the ant population and that killing what you see only takes care of the surface problem. Also, please, don’t use bug spray in your kitchen. Kitchens are a sanctuary for all kinds of bugs, so, it takes a certain kind of effectiveness to keep them at bay. Cut off their goal, instead: food and moisture.

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Control starts by fixing water leaks, caulking entry cracks and crevices where ants can get in, and leaving homemade or commercial bait at the point of entry. If you can, resist the urge to kill them and leave the commercial bait, instead. They will take it back to their nest and kill the whole colony. A homemade version of ant control is  1 part Borax to 3 parts powdered sugar will work. Since ants leave a pheromone scent which other ants follow, a vinegar solution or Windex works well to eradicate it.
 
Alternatives: 

Soak cotton balls in  ¼ C sugar, ½ C water, 1 Tablespoon Borax, and leave it right in their path. The sugar will attract them and the Borax will kill them. 
Mix equal parts jam and borax and leave in on an index card where they will find it.

In addition, every possible item they can eat has to be eliminated. Crumbs, soda spills, even jars with drips interest ants. Things that shouldn’t be refrigerated (like jars of honey) can be put in plastic zip lock bags before storing. 

If ants are on the kitchen counter, they will hide under whatever is sitting on it. This includes the coffeemaker legs, a drinking glass, the dish soap bottle, and other hiding spots. Cleaning is critical to cut off their food supply, eliminate their pheromone trail, and get rid of places they can hide.

Cockroaches

Sometimes, a lone cockroach will turn up because they hid in a cardboard box or paper bag creases and caught a ride into your home. But, most likely, there is more than one. They colonize your kitchen for the same reasons as ants (moisture, food), and can be treated with the same bait and cleaning practices, or caught with sticky traps. 

Cockroaches are attracted to dirty dishes, trash, grease, and cardboard glue. A clean house won’t guarantee they’ll stay away, but a dirty house will bring them skittering about, the denizens of dark alleyways and dumpsters enjoying a luxury vacay at your expense.

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Scorpions

A scorpion can live without food for weeks, but not without water, so, again, the advice is to get rid of water sources. Scorpions eat the other bugs in your home, so a scorpion infestation, usually the result of an ongoing, untreated water leak, often rids the home of other bugs such as roaches and silverfish.

A scorpion can be found with a blacklight. They are nocturnal and hide beneath things and crawl along baseboards. Once you find one, you can kill it with a fly swatter, crush it with a pair of cooking tongs, or step on it. 

A scorpion can and will crawl along a ceiling, and drop into a bed. These thugs love lurking in pillowcases and under pillows.

 People use these if a scorpion is in a place where a flyswatter can't reach them.

People use these if a scorpion is in a place where a flyswatter can't reach them.

Scorpions are also known for hiding underneath wet towels left on the bathroom floor. Homeowners who have a scorpion problem need to shake out their towels, clothing, and bedding before using, and also knock the heel of their shoes against the floor before putting them on, since scorpions like napping in shoes. They also love to hide in concrete blocks.

Scorpions can be killed with a fly swatter, sticky traps, and food-grade diatomaceous earth sprinkled beneath places they hide. Diatomaceous earth is not harmful to pets and can be sprinkled around the base of the house and beneath the refrigerator and dishwasher. It doesn’t kill them immediately but cuts up their underbelly, which slowly dehydrates them.

If you really want to be proactive

If the idea of a burgeoning war with quickly multiplying, unwelcome pests leaves you feeling a bit less than invigorated, you can skip purchasing an arsenal of products, the hunting expeditions, and unwelcome visits, and give us a call. We can take care of all of these pests and any others who may consider your home their own personal Pokestop.

If you want organic-based and are pet and kid friendly pest control, call Iron Mantis at 480-779-8696.