Everyone likes to keep a clean, tidy, safe and secure household. Your home is a place where you can relax and unwind after the rigors of the day, safe in the knowledge that you and your family are secure and happy. But your tableau of domestic bliss is in danger of being compromised. With the passing of the summer solstice and the slow cooling of the weather, your home is a prime target for tiny home invaders who are looking to make your home their own. While some are merely a nuisance, others can risk seriously damaging your health and the health of your family with their various digestive waste ‘offerings’.
They need to be shown the door, but it needs to be done in the right way. In our zeal to rid the home of unwelcome intruders, many of us saturate our homes with potentially harmful chemicals. We’re going to look at the most likely suspects who’ll be trying to burrow their way into your home and how you can get rid of them naturally without compromising the health and safety of your family.
But why natural?
You may be tempted to reach for the chemical pesticides when you see the first signs of pest infestation but think again! These products often contain chemical compounds that are known to have carcinogenic properties. Many can also be very damaging to children and household pets, giving rise a range of health problems including vomiting, convulsions, seizures, and respiratory trouble that can even result in death. There are, however, many natural pest control solutions on the market that don’t share these health risks. Many exterminators are also savvy to the use of less damaging, more natural products. Click here for a great example of an exterminator that uses such products. If you decide that the pest problem is beyond your ability to control yourself, ensure that you use a company that uses natural solutions that neither endangers the environment or your family’s health.
The Usual Suspects
Mice- Sure, they look cute enough, but mice are not only tenacious scavengers, they have no control over their bladder or bowels meaning that they constantly trail urine and feces behind them as they search for food and this invariably gets on the surfaces on which you’ll prepare your breakfast the next morning. Mouse urine spreads Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and dries very quickly making it virtually undetectable.
Cockroaches- They’re ugly little buggers and although it’s a fallacy that they can survive a nuclear explosion, they’re extremely tenacious. They leave a range of bacteria, pathogens, and parasites wherever they go which can be extremely harmful to humans.
Rats- They’re highly intelligent and among the best survivors on the planet. They don’t necessarily mean us any harm (although they will bite and scratch if provoked) but they are historically feared and reviled as plague carriers. Their fecal matter carries a range of dangerous infectious diseases (chiefly the kidney, liver and heart damaging leptospirosis) and their bite can also carry infections through the saliva.
What you can do about it
All of these infestations can be combatted with humane, pesticide free traps and a range of chemical free pest control products. While these pests may be irritating and dangerous, saturating the house with chemicals if very rarely much better.