When you have kids, keeping them safe and healthy is your number one priority. Pests such as rats, mice and ants can easily spread disease and pose a threat to the safety of your kids. Many people think to use pesticides when trying to get rid of pests but the problem with this is that they often contain harmful chemicals that are also hazardous to children.
To help you deal with this dilemma, below are 3 of the most common types of household pests and how you can get rid of them without resorting to using toxic pesticides.
Rodents i.e. rats and mice – are particularly troublesome pests to deal with. They’re very cunning as well as determined and can easily spread disease through their urine and faeces. Not only this but they can bite when provoked and have a fondness for chewing through wires, making them a fire hazard too.
This being the case, it’s clear that any rodents in your house need to be dealt with quickly. The best way to prevent rats and mice from entering your home is to seal any small gaps in walls that they can get through. If they’re already in your home then the best bet is to use traps.
Traps should be placed out of reach of children and placed inside boxes to prevent them from being a danger. When used in the right way, traps can get rid of any unwanted rodents very efficiently.
Fleas are an extremely common problem that pet owners have to deal with. When you have a cat or a dog, it’s very easy for them to pick up flies from other animals and bring them into your home. The best way to prevent fleas from becoming a problem is to treat your pets with flea treatment on a regular basis.
You should also treat the floors in your house with flea spray since fleas can live in your carpet for months without food. Another step to take is to regularly wash any pet beds that your pets sleep in since fleas can easily live there too. Always be sure to wash any linen, pet beds or anything else you suspect on a very hot wash to ensure you get rid of all the fleas.
Ants, like most other pests, are attracted to your home because they see it as a food source. Therefore the best way to prevent an ant infestation is to make your home, and particularly your kitchen, as clean as possible. Remember that ants can feed on tiny amounts of food so any crumbs or leftovers should always be cleaned up. Be sure to seal any entry points where ants might be able to access your home but of course this is easier said than done since ants are so small.
Spraying any ants you see in your home with soapy water is a very good way to get rid of them without using any toxic chemicals that could be harmful to your kids.