Pest control, especially during the summer months, is a big issue for Staten Island real estate owners. Using dangerous chemicals is not only harmful to the environment, but it is also dangerous for the people and pets that live on the property. There are plenty of natural ways to control pests on your piece of Staten Island real estate that will get results without the potential for danger.
The key to getting rid of pests with natural solutions is to know what repels or attracts certain insects. For example, any kind of mint plant will keep mosquitoes away from your property more effectively that torches. If you surround the areas of your backyard where you entertain during the summer with mint plants, you will have a sweet smelling solution to a common summer problem.
The two most effective natural ant repellents are cinnamon and white vinegar. Most people run a line of cinnamon around the perimeter of their home two or three times each summer to keep the ants out. You can also slightly dilute white vinegar and apply that to the perimeter of your home as well. Many people prefer cinnamon because of its scent, and some avoid vinegar because it can stain wood and tile.
The important thing to remember about bees is that we need them to pollinate our crops and encourage the growth of our food. That means that you should repel bees instead of killing them, or you can try another tactic that will keep bees away from your summer gathering areas.
Bees, hornets, and other insects of that type are attracted to sunflowers. If you plant sunflowers far away from the areas of your backyard that you use during the summer, then the bees will not even bother with the rest of your yard. You can also use a homemade repellent made from boiling a head of garlic in water and putting the water in a spray bottle to make sure bees stay away from you and your guests.
Mice and other rodents tend to look for safe places to live during the summer, and that could mean your home. The best way to keep mice out of your home is to seal up your baseboards and eliminate any way for the mice to get in. Trapping and killing mice is not only futile, but it is unnecessarily cruel. All you need to do is close up the ways they would use to get into your home and you will never have a mouse problem during the summer.
A pest control problem in your home can not only be inconvenient, but it could also invite diseases into your home that pests often carry. With a little work, you can come up with natural solutions that will repel pests from your home and yard and let you and your family live pest-free.