A termite infestation could be really nasty and could render a number of your furniture useless. Termites are not seasonal pests. As such, the could invade your home or garden at any time of the year.
There are basically five types of termites; drywood, conehead, dampwood, subterranean, and formosan termites. The most common being drywood termite that feeds on our furniture.
Solid wood sounding hollow when you hit it, mud trails on exterior walls, and seeing dry bubbled paint on your furniture are warning signs of termite infestation.
Termites basically feed on dead plant materials and wooden fixtures as wood has cellulose (sap) which termites love. Once you notice a termite infestation in your house or in your garden, you need to take immediate action to forestall their spread.
Here are some good practices, to keep in mind, when dealing with termite infestation;
Cut off branches that are in contact with your house as termites to use this as a bridge to your home.
Remove dead plant trunks, such as stumps, from your home as these attract termites.
If possible, store firewood outside your home, in dry places, and ensure to inspect them before you bring them into your home.
Seal all holes, crevices, and cracks in your home.
Be careful what you use in your quest to control termites as some chemicals could damage your home furniture.
Below are 19 home remedies and natural ways to get rid of termites from your home, yard or garden;
Gnats are tiny, pesky insects that can be harmful to humans, home pets, and house plants. They spread diseases and infections to both humans and animals as well as carry disease-causing parasites.
There are two common types of gnats. The first is the type that swarms aquatic bodies, especially stagnant water bodies, in large quantities. These are called fungus gnats. The second type is the type that festers around fruits, especially rotting fruits. These are the infamous gnats called fruit flies.
Gnats generally have a short lifespan of about 10 days.
You could use chemical-laden insecticides and pesticides to get rid of gnats. However, this option is quite toxic to both you and the environment.
Here are some good practices, to consider, when dealing with gnats either outdoors or indoors;
Ensure you close your garbage can at all times.
Do not over water plants as gnats are attracted to moist soils.
Keep your house clean always. Untidiness and poor domestic hygiene is the major cause of a gnat infestation.
Throw away rotten fruits instead of leaving them lying about.
Do not leave leftover food exposed in the kitchen as this would attract gnats.
Refrigerate fresh fruits or store them in pop up food covers.
Close all doors and windows. If you can’t close doors and windows for ventilation purposes, install screen guards.
Grow basil plants in your garden. The repel gnats.
Fix all holes, crevices, and cracks in your house.
Cover wet plates and cutlery with a clean cloth or with picnic food covers.
Get rid of stagnant water especially in your garden or plantation.
Below are 19 home remedies and natural ways to get rid of gnats;
Mosquito is a major problem in many places especially in Western Africa, India, South America and other hot and humid regionsor climates. Mosquitoes spread numerous fatal diseases such as malaria, zika virus, several encephalitides, and dengue.
Here are 4 reasons why mosquitoes are attracted to you;
Bed bugs are small, wingless, creepy, nocturnal insects that multiply quickly and can infest every corner of your home especially your beddings and upholstery.
As bed bugs are nocturnal creatures, they could bite you at night when you are sleeping. You may not be aware when they bite you. However, you may notice the signs when you wake up such as red and itchy welts, sights of dried blood, bed bug skins and eggs, etc.
The first step to take when dealing with bed bug infestation is to locate the infestation. This would enable you speedily eradicate the infestation as any remedy you use would be mostly targeting the infestation. Most of the infestation often occurs in the bedroom. However, it could occur anywhere.
Here are some other points to consider when dealing with bed bugs;
Regularly inspect the corner of mattresses.
Be cautious when using insecticides. Keep children away from insecticides.
Get rid of clutter from your house especially your bedrooms.
Keep beds away from the wall.
Avoid moving things from the infested room as this would only spread the bed bug infestation.
Avoid using second-hand furniture, beddings, and mattresses as they are more prone to be infested with bed bug.
Here are 31 home remedies and natural treatments for getting rid of bed bugs;