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How We Can Keep Pests Out of Our Homes

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Let’s keep pests outside where they belong!

As temperatures warm up and flowers and plants start to grow, our risk for pest invasions increases.  While these unwelcome guests are certainly an annoyance, it’s essential to understand that they can also pose a safety risk for our loved ones and ourselves.  This is why we need to keep common insects and rodents out of our homes.  Here are some of the things we can do to drive away some of the worst springtime pests.

  • Gnats

While gnats are more annoying than harmful, no one wants a swarm of these tiny bugs inside their home.  The best way to keep gnats out is by keeping our doors and any windows without screens closed.  We also need to be careful that we are not leaving food or dirty plates lying around, as this can attract the winged invaders.  If gnats do manage to get inside, we can trap them using apple cider vinegar.  To accomplish this, we can fill a jar a quarter of the way with the vinegar and place a funnel over the top of the jar.  The gnats will be attracted to the vinegar and fly into the funnel, but they will not be able to get back out.

  • Ants

Ants are some of the worst pests to deal with.  When the weather turns warm, ants try to find ways inside homes so they can access food and water.  This is why one of the best ways to prevent an infestation is by never leaving food out. The foods stored in our refrigerators and pantries should be sealed in airtight containers, so ants are not attracted by the smell.  We can also inspect the areas around our homes’ windows and doors and seal up any gaps or cracks where ants can enter.  We can even attempt to ward off ants by using some home remedies.  Many homeowners claim that sprinkling cinnamon, coffee grounds, or chili powder around their homes’ points of entry is an effective way of keeping these tiny invaders away.

  • Mice and Rats

Most of us may not realize that rodents attempt to infiltrate our residences because they are trying to escape the cold of winter.  However, regardless of the time of year, rodents are always looking for food, water, and shelter.  The best way to keep mice and rats out of our abodes is by closing up any possible entry points.  Additionally, we need to keep all food sealed up so the smell doesn’t attract these pests.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we ward off pests this spring.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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