How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home and Garage

How to Get Rid of Mice In Your Home and Garage - Tips for finding mice, keeping mice out, removing mice that are living in your home, and safe cleanup of mice and their droppings.

If you build it, mice will come. Fall is prime time for an increase in rodent activity in your home, as they look for winter protection, but mice and rats can move in at any time. While small, mice and rats can cause big problems. They chew on everything, causing property damage and potential fire risks when they gnaw on electrical wiring and build tinder dry nests in dark corners. Rodents can spread disease, on their own, through the parasites they carry (their fleas carried the Black Plague) or through their droppings (such as hantavirus).

How to Tell if You Have Mice in Your Home

It’s probably more common to see mouse droppings or mouse damage before you see the mice themselves, as they are nocturnal. When I was a kid, the little buggers would dry me crazy at night running around up in the attic. Thankfully we didn’t get rats in the house, but they would sometimes show up in the outbuildings around the farm. [Read more…]

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How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally - 3 Ways to Control Ants Without Poisons, Inside and Outside - PLUS - reasons why your home may be getting invaded by bugs.I’m not quite sure when they moved in.  First we were seeing one or two small black ants at a time, in the basement near the woodpile, so I thought they were coming from the wood.  Then we started seeing an ant or two or three on the main floor, closer to the kitchen.  I knew those weren’t from the woodpile, and it was past time to do something about the ant problem.  Like most of what I do around the home and yard, I wanted an ant control option that was as non-toxic as possible (except to the ants).  I hit the laundry room and the pantry and made up the ant bait.  I set one spoonful out in both locations, and the next time I checked, both of them were swarming with ants.  Yuck!  Thankfully, after a few days of frantic bait munching, the numbers have trickled to almost nothing, and our indoor ant problem should shortly be at an end. [Read more…]

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Green Home Pest Control Tips

Green Home Pest Control - How to Identify your pests, bug proof your house, and use commercial non-toxic pest control, DIY pest control and food based remedies to eliminate pests.

Green home pest control is something we all need at one point or another.  Let’s face it, no matter how clean your house is or how much you do to keep pests away from your home, you’re almost guaranteed to suffer an invasion eventually. When it happens, you’ll need some pest control solutions to make the problem go away. When you think of controlling pest invasions, some people assume you need nasty chemicals and other poisonous substances to do it. This is not true at all!  You can control pests with green techniques that keep the environment cleaner and your house safer for pets, kids and anyone else.

Let’s go over several green pest control tips that will do an excellent job of getting rid of miniature invaders without tainting your conscience or your home. They’re inexpensive too! [Read more…]

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Non-toxic Home Pest Control – Avoid the Risks of Neurotoxic Pesticides

Non-toxic insect control
Unwanted six legged visitors driving you “buggy”? Use these simple, non-toxic home pest control methods to eliminate and reduce common household bugs and avoid standard, neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides.

Keep flies and biting flies away

A time honored trick for keeping common flies away from animals and outdoor activities is to hang gallon plastic bags half filled with water with a penny in the bottom near the area you want fly free.

natural fly repellant

Apparently, the reflection of light off the water keeps the flies away. (It might be sensory overload of their compound eyes?) Make sure to hang the bag in the sun to get the best effect.  I have not tried this, because we usually don’t have much trouble with flies, but have seen it recommended on several sites. Let me know if you’ve tried it an how it worked for you. [Read more…]

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