13 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Pest-Free All Summer Long
Here are the simple steps you can take, starting right this very minute, to keep your home pest-free this summer.
Use your garden as your first defense
Bugs dislike gardens that have strong-smelling plants like mint, rosemary, lemongrass, and geraniums. “Fighting insects with their natural enemies” is known as “integrated pest management,” according to How Stuff Works. Flowers that attract songbirds can be part of integrated pest management as well because songbirds feed on insects. You can also encourage bug-chomping sparrows, cardinals, and chickadees to flock to your home with suet cakes or a birdhouse, or both. Here are some more natural ways to get rid of garden pests.
Get a cat (or a dog)
“If you have pets, they might be the best way to catch a mouse without lifting a finger,” say the experts at Terminix. While cats are far more efficient than dogs at keeping vermin at bay, any animal presence can deter mice and other mammalian home invaders.
Consider a pest control specialist
You can buy insect sprays, bait traps, and other bug-repellent methods on a DIY basis. But you might want to consider a pest control specialist to get you started and to make recommendations customized for your particular situation. But here are the 15 things your exterminator won’t tell you.