There is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to take charge of your pest control problem yourself. A major problem with do-it-yourself (DIY) pest control is sorting through the myths. Before you rush to sprinkle grits on your counters or put cheese on all the mousetraps, it is in your best interest to determine whether the pest control remedies you are trying are fact or fiction.
Sprinkle Some Grits On Your Kitchen Counters
FICTION. You are going to come across tons of DIY pest removal guides suggesting the use of grits as a barrier to keep the ants away. Instead of repelling the ants this is actually going to attract them and make your ant problem worse. Sprinkling grits on your countertop might as well be the same as sitting out a picnic and inviting the ants to come enjoy it.
Use Bay Leaves to Repel Insects
FACT. Putting bay leaves throughout your kitchen can help repel inspects. It is an especially good idea to put them around flour, sugar, cereal, and other dry foods that may be opened in your cabinet. It is important to keep in mind that bay leaves should not be used as a substitute for cleaning. Bugs will still be attracted to sugar all over the cabinet or counter top regardless of if you have bay leaves nearby.
Cheese is the Best Option For a Mousetrap
FICTION. The thing to keep in mind with using cheese to attract rodents is everything you see on television is not real. Chances are pretty good you remember the old cartoon Tom and Jerry where the cat was always using cheese treats to get the mouse to come out. Realistically, Tom would have had more luck if he had used a food item that was sweeter and fattier such as peanut butter.
Vinegar Will Get Rid of Fruit Flies
FACT. The saying "you can catch more flies with sugar than vinegar" did originate from a partial truth. Fruit flies are attracted to the sweet smell of rotting and decayed food and fruit. In addition to cleaning your kitchen and throwing away the rotten food, a cup of vinegar covered with plastic wrap you have sliced a few holes in will do an incredible job of repelling insects.
The unfortunate truth is a large portion of the DIY remedies for pest control are nothing more than fiction. The last thing you want to do is take charge of your pest control problem with a remedy that actually makes the pest problem worse.