These eight kid safe pest control solutions will tackle almost every pest you’ll encounter. All of them are totally safe around kids!
Roaches – yuk! In my pre-baby days, I had an occasional roach. I would run and grab the killer spray and spray it till it died. I got rid of ants the same way. I had never had an infestation, possibly because of my tendency to over-spray the moment I saw a pest
Until a couple of months ago, when the roaches moved in. These roaches were much smaller than the three inch monsters I had while living in Israel. The occasional roach did gross me out, but did not cause much worry, and I simply smashed them as they came. Then I started to see those babies…
Baby roaches are the first sign of an infestation. The big roaches might be scary, but baby roaches mean that the big ones are breeding and making many more…
I did not want to call an exterminator, as I refused to expose my child to harmful fumes. The problem kept getting worse. There came a point where I would wake up at night and see thirty roaches crawling over my kitchen counters.
I had obviously had enough. So, I started researching natural solutions, asking other bloggers for their ideas and recipes.
Before I had a chance to implement it, my landlord called an exterminator to take care of their roach problem (apparently we were sharing our guests…). The exterminator used a gel, which did not make me happy, but I allowed as there were no fumes. Regardless, next time I plan to use one of these natural fixes, as I hate the idea of a toxic gel on my counter tops…
Kid Safe Pest Control Solutions:
The obvious: start with prevention. Keeping a clean, crumb-free, and dry house can help prevent many pest problems. That being said, sometimes things are out of your control. It can come from a neighboring apartment too. There are also pests (the kind of roach that we had is a great example) that are brought in from other infested places, such as a grocery store. These solutions will help you tackle the pests once they’ve arrived…
1. Remove any hide-outs or infested appliances. Some kitchen appliances have a tendency to be infested. In our case it was our Keurig. When we got rid of it, we saw much fewer roaches. You can also use a caulk gun to seal cracks in roach-likely places, such as between kitchen cabinets. Watch where the roaches are running to to see where their hot spots are.
2. This Carpet deodorizer recipe from ALLterNATIVE Learning makes a great bug deterrent. Use it regularly for mild pest control.-
3. Food Grade Diatomaceous earth – this food grade dirt is extremely dangerous for bugs. When it goes on them, it kills them. It works great for fleas, ants, and bed bugs, but go ahead and try it on any bug! Thanks Nemcsok Farms for sharing this information! (P.S. don’t use this if you have a pet parrot.)
8. Try an ultrasonic pest repellent (not safe around smaller pets – see the link for a list) – it makes the pests uncomfortable and drives them away.
Remember that many repellents take a few weeks to show results, as there can be eggs still hatching.
You can read more tips for dealing with pests safely and information geared toward specific pests here.
I’m sure that there are more ways to do it, but this is what I’ve come up with after a little bit of research and asking around. I’ve heard people say that Borax works, but that’s not really very kid friendly. You can use that if you’re desperate – just keep it out of reach of little ones and pets.
Do you have any kid safe pest control ideas or recipes? Share them in the comments below!
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