It’s a sad day when we feel like our home and property has become overrun by pests. They can kill our crops, they can cause the spread of disease and even destroy homes if left unchecked.
It suffices to say that anyone in their right mind would want to have some form of pest repellent at their disposal should ever a bug, rodent, or other unsavory critters make an appearance in or around your home.
The question many homeowners might have is trying to decide what form of pest repellent they should get, as there are several types to choose from:
- Chemical pest repellents
- Electronic pest repellents
- Natural pest repellents
Fortunately for you, you are in the right place! We are eager to provide you with a little insight on the benefits of each type of pest repellent and how you can choose which is best for you.
Chemical Pest Repellents
The most common form of pest repellent are the chemicals you can pick up at any store. These chemical pesticides can be used to keep the pests from coming around a specific area, but they can also kill them. These are probably the most common forms of pest repellents, partially because they are easy to use, but also because they give you results almost immediately.
Electronic Pest Repellents
Under this category, you will find sonic and ultrasonic pest repellent devices, as well as electromagnetic gadgets. These devices work because they affect the nervous system of a variety of pests, such as mice, ants, and even dust mites.
Ultrasonic pest repellents emit short bursts of a high-frequency sound wave, and they are most effective when they are placed close to where the pests are most commonly seen.
Natural Pest Repellents
When it comes to natural pest repellents, there are a couple different varieties: pest repellent plants, animals and other insects, and oils.
Pest repellent plants – When we think of using plants to repel pests from our home, we might think of off the wall plants like the Venus Fly Trap. You might be surprised by what type of plants you can plant in and around your home to ward off unwanted insects. For example:
Repels flies and mosquitoes.
Repels ants, cockroaches, Japanese beetles, and weevils. (Could attract cats, which could be a benefit—more about that later).
Repels insects as well as cats.
Repels moths, scorpions, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes
Animals And Other Insects
Cats, bats, spiders, lady bugs, and ferrets are just a few of the possible natural pest repellents you can have around your home to help rid yourself of unwanted pests. If you have the right domesticated predator on your property, you can see a dramatic drop in the number of pests on your property in a short amount of time. If they don’t kill the rodents or unsavory pests, animal’s presences will at least work at keeping the pests away.
Oils And Other Non-Chemical Repellents
First before we talk more about this, we should clarify that non-chemical means non-toxic. With that said, this type of pest repellent is safe for you and the environment. With this category, you are using things like natural oils and extracts to repel pests. For example, did you know that by using ground cayenne pepper around your garden will keep rabbits and deer from eating your hard work?
Spray a mixture of lemon juice, peppermint oil, and some vodka onto the leaves of your plants and the pests will stay away. Why, you can even purchase animal urine and spray that on the perimeter of your garden to keep animals like rabbits, deer, wild cats, and foxes away.
How To Choose The Best Pest Repellent
Of all the pest repellent options available, how do you know which one would work best for your home? While we cannot tell you specifically which product to choose, there are some things to think about before making your choice.
- What sort of nasty pest are you dealing with? If you have a mouse problem and want a companion, adopting a cat may be a good option. If you have a fly problem, you may want to purchase bug sprays and invest in a few plants that will repel the flies.
- Determine how severe the problem is. If your pest problem is more like an infestation, you may want to bite the bullet and call a professional exterminator, as these pest repellent options may only grant you a temporary reprieve from the infestation.
- Decide how frequently you are willing to attend to the pest repellent. While there is no sure-fire “set it and forget it” repellent available, you can use electronic pest repellents to keep the pests at bay for some time. Combine these pest repellent devices with plants (which only really have to be watered from time to time) and you can rest a little easier knowing your home has some kind of safeguard in place.
Pest Repellent Round-Up
You work very hard to provide your family with a home that is clean, comfortable, and a safe haven for them to relax. Sadly, sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you work at keeping your home clean and in good repair, pests can find their way in.
Luckily, there are some effective pest repellent methods available that really do work. Whether you choose a chemical repellent, an electronic repellent, or a natural one, you and your loved ones can rest just a little easier knowing that you’re taking that extra step toward keeping those nasty pests at bay.