How To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally In The House

How To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally In The House

For many homes and businesses, the summer season doesn’t really get underway until the first ant infestation arises. The problem is, these pests may be small, but they can cause a wide range of major problems that can range from irritating bites to lost customers to actual structural damage to your property. Don’t think that just because they’re ants that they can’t be harmful. Every insect infestation brings with it the potential for expensive problems.

If you’re suffering from an infestation of ants, but you don’t want to harm the environment or your pets by using harsh pesticides, then here are some tips for how to get rid of ants naturally in a house, apartment, or business.

First Step – Clean the Home Thoroughly

Ants infiltrate the home because they can sense food, especially sweets and proteins. So, if your child spills soda and doesn’t clean it up or you leave a banana past its prime on your counter, then you’re putting out the welcome mat for ants (and other pests). Therefore, before you treat your home for ants, you need to give all of the surfaces in your home a complete cleaning.

After cleaning, you will want to store all open sweets and proteins in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Keep counter-tops clean at all times and you should wipe up spills immediately and wash your dishes instead of leaving them sit in the sink. Your garbage should also be emptied regularly and before you throw out food cartons, be sure to wash them out. The floors should be regularly vacuumed and mopped to make sure there are no crumbs available.

Top Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants

Essential Oils – Before ants invade your home, the colony sends out scout ants to see what’s available for them to eat. As the scout ants make their way back to the colony, they leave a pheromone trail that the other ants will use to find their way into your home. Placing a few drops of essential oil along your baseboards or ant entry points will interfere with their pheromone trails. Effective oils to choose from include peppermint, clove, tea tree, lemon, or orange. Keep in mind that these need to be genuine essential oils in order for them to work, not artificial-scented oils.

You can even make a spray mix using the essential oils that works as a highly effective ant repellant. Simply mix 15 drops of tea tree oil, 7 drops of your choice of citrus oil, a ¼ cup of purified water, and a ¼ cup of vodka in a spray bottle. Then, simply spray it along your floorboards or anywhere where you see ants. If you’re going to be spraying near food preparation areas, then omit the tea tree oil from the solution and use peppermint oil instead.

Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth – Boric acid is an effective ant killer, but if you have kids, then you want to use diatomaceous earth (DE) instead of boric acid. Simply sprinkle a thin layer of the powder on your windowsills, under the cabinets, beneath the refrigerator, inside the garbage can, and around areas where you have seen ants. If you’re using it inside your home it is important to use FOOD-GRADE DE. Regular DE is not safe to breate, but food-grade DE is.

Vinegar Spray – Vinegar is a miracle cure for a host of problems, even ants! Simply mix together a ¼ cup of white or apple cider vinegar, a ¼ cup of water, and 15 to 30 drops of one of the above mentioned essential oils into a spray bottle. All you have to do is shake the bottle to make sure everything is mixed and then spray along your floorboards and anywhere you have seen ants. Apply a fresh coating of the mix every other day until you don’t see any more ants.

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Ants might be small, but they’re mighty and they can be a challenge to get rid of once they find their way into your home or business. And, as effective as the above home solutions are for getting rid of ants naturally, they do take dedication and repeat applications in order to work. For many homeowners, it’s a battle that extends for several weeks.

At RJS Pest, our experienced exterminators can get rid of your ant infestation fast. We will come to your residence or place of business to investigate your infestation. Once we identify the breeding grounds and entry points, we apply effective control methods that will not only wipe out your current infestation but also help against future ant problems. Our exterminators will also provide you with the education and techniques you need to know for keeping your home or business pest-free.

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How To Catch A Mouse Without Killing It

How To Catch A Mouse Without Killing It

Seeing a mouse scurrying across the floor might cause you to jump up onto a chair, but that doesn’t mean you want to see the little critter dead. In fact, if you have ever witnessed the results of glue traps, mouse traps, and other kill-traps, then you probably wouldn’t ever want to use them in your home.

Thankfully, there are a few different humane ways of catching mice so you can get them out of your home without killing them. If you want to learn how to catch a mouse alive, then here are a few simple solutions that work.

Spoon and Bucket Trap

If you find evidence that the mouse likes to walk on your countertops, then this trap is a good alternative for other, more deadly traps. Simply set a large bucket up against the counters. Then, place a dollop of peanut butter on the handle end of a spoon and balance the spoon off the edge of the counter so the end with the peanut butter is hanging out directly over the bucket. When the mouse crawls out to get the peanut butter, the spoon will tip and both it and the mouse will land in the bucket where it will stay until you get up the next morning.

Soda Bottle and Bucket Trap

For this trap, you need one plastic soda bottle, a metal skewer, a bucket, a piece of wood, and some peanut butter. Run the skewer through the soda bottle and rest it on top of the bucket so the neck part of the bottle is near one side of the bucket. Place some peanut butter near the base of the soda bottle. Cut the piece of wood so it will work as a walkway for the mouse. As the mouse climbs out on to the bottle to get the food, the bottle will rotate under the weight of the mouse and the mouse will fall into the bucket.

Coin and Glass Trap

This simple trap needs just a nickel, a glass, and some peanut butter to work. Apply some peanut butter to the inside of the glass and then place the glass upside-down on the ground with the nickel propping up one end of the glass. When the mouse enters the glass to get at the food, the nickel will fall and the glass will drop, trapping the mouse within.

Keep in mind, that in order for any DIY mouse-trap to be effective, it’s more than just catching the mouse. You need to make sure that any entryways the mouse was using previously are completely closed off. Once a mouse marks its territory, it can find its way back very easily and from quite a distance. So, after you catch the mouse, you need to release it several miles from your home in order to have the best chance of it not returning.

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Mice are incredibly crafty and they can be very challenging to catch. Often, you’ll be surprised to discover that your bait is gone and there’s no mouse in the trap. Then there’s the risk that you don’t just have one mouse. In fact, where there’s one mouse, there’s usually several!

At RJS Pest, our experienced exterminators will come to your premises to investigate your mouse problem. We inspect your home or facility and diagnose the factors that are most likely causing and contributing to the infestation. Then, we will consult with you to determine the most effective approach to a mouse-free environment for your unique case and then we treat the existing mice population and prevent future infestations using the right combination of mice control methods. Our exterminators will also provide you with the education and techniques necessary for helping prevent against future mice infestations.

Call RJS Pest Control today at 212-896-1299 for professional, courteous, and effective mice extermination in and around NYC.

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How To Get Rid of Cockroaches In House & In Apartments

How To Get Rid of Cockroaches In House & In Apartments

Few pests cause feelings of spine-chilling terror more than the dreaded cockroach. These critters are highly destructive, they carry a wide variety of diseases, and probably worst of all, they’re very hard to kill. The problem is, most people don’t even realize they have roaches until they happen to walk into the kitchen late at night, turn on the light, and see them scatter.

If you’re suffering from a cockroach infestation, you probably have already heard all of the horror stories about how impossible it is to get rid of them. But, the truth is, you can get rid of them if you know how and you’re dedicated to the cause. Here are some tips for how to get rid of cockroaches in a house or apartment.

Before You Start

Before you can put your roach-extermination effort into effect, there are a few things you will need to do first. For starters, you should take a flashlight and examine your home for possible cockroach infestation sites. Popular spots include dark and damp locations such as under the refrigerator, under the sink, bathroom cabinets and closets, kitchen cabinets and shelves, and closet door corners.

Next, you’ll want to look for any water leaks in your home. This is crucial because cockroaches can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water and their primary water source is usually leaky plumbing./

You will also want to clean your home or apartment from top to bottom. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink; clean up crumbs after dinner, and make sure you keep your range top free from grease build-up. Any food that’s left out should be kept in sealed containers and no fruit should be kept on the countertop. Be sure to take the garbage out regularly, mop your floors routinely (using as little water as possible), and clean up any spilled drinks before they can leave a sticky residue.

Now that you have your home’s anti-cockroach hygiene down, it’s time to move on to waging war against the critters.

Top DIY Options for Getting Rid of Cockroaches

Store-Bought Cockroach Gel Bait – If you were successful finding and fixing any leaks, then using store-bought gel baits works well against roach infestations. The reason it works is because the roach’s water source is cut off, so they’ll naturally gravitate to the gel bait because of the moisture it contains. Ideally, the traps should be placed in an area where they usually inhabit, such as the locations mentioned earlier. The downside to this technique is that it can take weeks to wipe out the entire colony. If you stop the treatment and there’s even one egg left that hasn’t hatched yet, then your problem will return.

Homemade Cockroach Bait Mix – For years, homemakers have been battling against roaches using a simple formula, a mixture of one-part powdered boric acid, one-part cocoa powder, and one-part flour. Like the store-bought gel traps, this mix will also take a few weeks in order for it to kill off the entire infestation and it needs to be continually applied until you don’t see any more roaches.

Insecticide Spray – Insecticide sprays containing Cyfluthrin can be helpful in a war against roaches. Simply spray the solution where you think the roaches may be hiding or entering your home. Be careful to not spray any of it on any gel bait traps if you’re using them as it could cause the cockroaches to avoid the traps altogether.

The Proven Way to Get Rid of Cockroaches in a Home or Apartment – Professional Pest Control

Taking on a cockroach infestation is a lengthy process that takes tremendous dedication and the results can sometimes leave you wanting. At RJS Pest, there’s a better and more reliable way for getting rid of roaches from your home or apartment.

t RJS Pest, our experienced exterminators will come to your residence to investigate your infestation. Once the breeding grounds and entry points are identified, control methods will be utilized to kill off the adult-stage roaches as well as any eggs that have yet to hatch. Our exterminators will also provide you with the education and techniques necessary for helping prevent against future infestations.

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How Do I Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

How Do I Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

For some homeowners and business owners, dealing with fruit flies has become a summer ritual and in most cases, a lasting nightmare. It may not seem like it, but these tiny winged pests actually have a very short lifecycle, typically around 25 days from birth to death. As a result, all it takes is about eight days for a fruit fly to evolve from egg to full adulthood. The problem is, because of their short life span, they reproduce at an incredibly rapid pace and this results in a few fruit flies turning into a colony of hundreds seemingly overnight.

Before you ask, “how do I get rid of fruit flies?” you need to know a little more about these pesky pests. Once you know more, you will be in a better position to deal with them.

Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?

It was once believed that fruit flies actually spawned from within rotting fruit. But thankfully, this was debunked well over a hundred years ago. These flying pests actually exist outside the home but are drawn inside once they catch the scent of ripening fruit or fermenting foods. Studies even show that fruit flies can be attracted to the scent of overripe fruit from as far as several miles away!

The problem is, once they get inside your home, they can be extremely hard to get rid of. They are so tiny that they can get into your home through your screens or through any tiny crack or crevice around your doors or windows.

Once fruit flies invade your home, they’ll live anywhere where there’s moisture and/or fermenting foods. Most commonly, they lay their eggs in kitchen sinks and garbage disposals, trash cans, empty bottles, cleaning rags, and mops.

DIY Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

The first thing you should do when battling against a fruit fly infestation is to get rid of any overripe fruits or vegetables or fermenting foods on your counter. This will reduce their food source and this will have an immediate impact on their lifecycle.

Next, try one or more of these DIY remedies for getting rid of fruit flies in the house:

Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar – Fruit flies love the scent of apple cider vinegar. So, you can make a homemade trap using a bottle of the stuff. Simply remove the cap from the bottle, cover the opening with plastic wrap, and secure the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band. Poke a small hole in the top and the fruit flies will be able to get in, but not out. Once you no longer see any of the fliers, screw the cap back on and dispose of the bottle.

Dish Soap and Vinegar – If the fruit flies seem to be escaping from the above trap, then pour some vinegar into a bowl and add a few drops of dish soap. Leave the bowl uncovered on your countertop. The soap will cut the surface tension of the vinegar, thus causing the flies to fall in and drown.

Almost Empty Bottle of Red Wine – Fruit flies are also attracted to wine, red wine in particular. If you have a bottle that’s just about empty, leave it open on your counter. The fruit flies will be drawn into the bottle, but the thin neck will make it hard for them to leave.

Milk, Sugar, and Pepper – This is an old fashioned remedy that comes straight from the pages of Old Farmer’s Almanac. Simply take a pint of milk and pour it into a saucepan on the stove. Add 4 ounces of sugar and 2 ounces of ground black pepper and then simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish and the fruit flies will find it irresistible. They’ll stop in for a sip and wind up drowning.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fruit Flies – Professional Pest Control

Even though some DIY measures can help reduce a fruit fly infestation, they usually aren’t that effective at eradicating the problem or preventing against future infestations. Therefore, if you really want to get rid of these little critters, then you should opt for professional pest control services.

At RJS Pest, our experienced exterminators will come to your home or business to investigate the infestation. Once the breeding grounds are identified, control methods will be utilized to kill off the adult-stage flies as well as any eggs that have yet to hatch. By breaking the breeding cycle and providing you with the education and techniques necessary for helping prevent future infestations, your home will remain free of fruit flies all summer long.

Call RJS Pest Control today at 212-896-1299 for professional, courteous, and effective fruit fly extermination in and around NYC.

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