Spring has arrived! It’s time to say goodbye to the cold weather and hello to new life once again. The flowers are just breaking through the soil, the birds are singing, and the trees are growing new leaves. If you’re anything like us, one annual task looms in the way of that fun: THE DREADED SPRING CLEANING. This chore is tedious and incredibly time consuming, but it’s necessary after months of being cooped up indoors. There are so many things to do: work on the garden, dust the curtains, sweep the floor, wash the pollen off the car OVER AND OVER again…
You may be wondering, “What does Spring cleaning have to do with pest control?” Well beyond giving critters less places to hide – not much. But we care about our environment, so we’d like to give you some great green methods to use for this year’s Spring Cleaning.
Reuse whenever possible
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Give your unwanted clothes a new life by donating them to your local thrift shop or charity. Or use them as rags when you’re cleaning. By reusing clothing and other goods, we can cut down on waste entering landfills.
Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community. Anything plastic, metal, paper should be able to be recycled. Click your area for recycling options in Charlottesville, Waynesboro or just Google recycling option in your city. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/recycle.
Use cleaning products that are safer for your family and the environment
Look for products that are labeled biodegradable, eco-friendly, or non-toxic. Some great tips you could try are:
Ditch air fresheners – Indoor air may be up to three times more polluted than the air outdoors, so go fresh the natural way by opening your windows. For a light, citrusy fragrance, place orange peel mixed with sage in small bowls through out your home.
Avoid products with labels that read toxic, corrosive, irritant, flammable, or combustible
To many, the idea of making your own cleaning products out of household items may sound a little too granola crunchy — but if you really stop and think about it, it makes good economic, environmental and health sense. Not only are homemade cleaning agents much safer and healthier for everyone in your family than harsh store bought cleaners, but they can save you a lot of money as well. In an economic climate like this one, that’s good news! There are plenty of sites online that will give you tips on making your own eco-friendly cleaning products – check them out!
To water the lawn, consider using grey water or even rainwater. An average family typically uses 30% of its water for the garden or the lawn. By using alternative water such as rainwater from a rain barrel, you can cut down on wasted water and even lower your water bill. Consider NOT leaving the water running while brushing your teeth, take showers instead of baths, put a recyclable plastic bottle filled with water into the back of your toilet bowl… these are all tips we’ve heard in the past and easy ways to conserve water in our homes.
And now to bring us full circle
Things to look for that indicate a need for pest control
Do you have ants crawling around your kitchen? Did you find mouse droppings in your pantry or ripped up toilet paper under the bathroom sink? Find yourself walking into spiderwebs in the attic? If you have pest control needs in your home, please contact Holistic Pest Solutions for a complimentary consult!
We all live busy lives. Anything that can make life easier is something we want to know about, right? Now that the weather is warmer, pests have become… well… more PESTY. Mosquitoes are biting, wasps are stinging, ants are crawling, termites are swarming… ugh! Holistic Pest Solutions offers affordable 6 month contracts for pest control maintenance in and around your home, but are there eco-friendly life hacks to keeping pest out of and away from your home, yard and family? Are the life hacks easy and inexpensive? Is this particular pest control company nice enough to give free advice? The answer to ALL of those questions is YES. We’re here to help you with these great Eco Friendly Life Hacks. Check em out:
START AT THE SOURCE
The best way to avoid pest problems is to start at the source. Keep kitchen counters/sink/floors clean of food and odors that may attract bugs – wipe down with a 1 part vinegar/1 part water.
- Fix leaky faucets – many pests are attracted by water.
- Transfer your dried goods (cereals, chips, cookies, crackers) to sealed containers or jars.
- Use a kitchen trashcan with a lid and rinse out any juice bottles or soda cans before throwing them away.
- Don’t keep compost piles near home and preferably contained.
- Clean trash cans regularly. Best is trash pick up 2x per week, but missing a weekly pick up can create fly breeding site.
- Landscaping and weed eating is important for removing pest harborage close to house.
Many pests can be deterred by a scent that they have an aversion to. For instance, research shows that peppermint is a scent that spiders, cockroaches and mice do not like. Using a spray of peppermint oil and water anytime you see an issue may help. If you have an issue with fruit flies, fill a disposable paper or plastic cup about halfway with vinegar. Add a small amount of dish soap and stir. Cover with plastic wrap. Using a sharp knife, poke very small holes in the top of the plastic. The fruit flies are very attracted to the vinegar smell and will find their way into the cup, but they won’t be able to get out. Once you have a collection of dead fruit flies, toss the whole thing. It has been said that Citronella, Catnip and Marigolds planted in gardens can deter certain insects and small animals with their smell(s). Certainly worth a shot!
Are you a magnet for mosquito bites? Are you concerned about being covered in red splotches, white goopy cortisone lotion or pink calamine lotion all summer? Turns out, lemon and lime juice are acidic (and antibacterial) enough to numb the itch. Rubbing a slice all over your bites really helps with the itch! Keep them on hand all summer (even more than usual for spritzing on fish tacos, margaritas, etc.)
We don’t want to be presumptuous or anything, but Holistic Pest Solutions can help save you from needing the previously mentioned stinky, sticky, life hacks. We offer 6 month contracts for controlling mosquitoes, ants, termites, wasps … whatever your issue might be. This means you can essentially completely avoid pest in your home. We’ll perform a thorough inspection of your property to identify the contributing factors and then we’ll treat for seasonal issues at the exact time they need treating in order to keep infestations from occurring. Our highly trained technicians are trained to spot issues before they are noticeable to most homeowners and will implement long term solutions to keep your house pest free year round. Why wait until the ants invade your kitchen or the termites eat away at your foundation? Get in front of the problem!
If you need a really great Eco Friendly Pest Solution Life Hack, Holistic Pest Solutions is more than happy to oblige. Our pest management covers roaches, ants, millipedes, centipedes, mice, rats, pillbugs, spiders, crickets, and paper wasps. Generally, we do every other month visits (monthly if needed) and the Maintenance Agreement sets you up for six services. If you need Termite treatment, our plan includes an initial treatment with an option to have an annual retreatment/inspection, if needed.
CONTACT US to learn more about our maintenance plans for seasonal pest control issues or give us a call at 434 842 1700. Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either, Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan for you that is as Green As You Wanna Be!
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