This time of year is rife with bugs and pests, which can sometimes plague the home and yard. But if you have a four-legged companion, you can’t just spray or dispense pesticides without potentially putting your pet at risk. These insect repellents are effective but are toxic to insects and, unfortunately, also to other animals.
Still, no one wants to be overrun with mosquitoes, gnats, ants, and other invading species. This is why your friends at Brodie Animal Hospital are here with some simple, pet safe pest control solutions for you to check out.
5 Pet Safe Pest Control Options
If you are a proud DIYer, or prefer natural, organic options in household cleaning and lawn and garden sprays, then we have some ideas for you. Minimizing your pet’s exposure to harmful chemicals is what most of us strive for. These chemicals are also harmful to us, too, in many cases.
Unfortunately, some natural options aren’t as potent or don’t work very well. This is why we are happy to pass on a few recipes to help ward off the creepy crawlies while keeping kids and pets safe.
Dish Soap Ant Control
If you have a problem with those little biting foes, ants, we have a very easy solution to keep them away. Simply use your basic dishwater solution with water. Make a spray by doing the following:
- 3 tables of non-toxic dishwasher soap
- 16 ounces of hot water
Use an empty spray bottle and spray directly in the paths that the ants use, following them back to the ant hill. Spray around the ant hill to deter them from setting up their home in your yard.
Dust Mite Repellent
These invisible mites are the bane of most allergy sufferers and are especially prevalent in bedding, pillows, and other linens. To reduce their impact on the air quality of the home and reduce the effects of the allergens, a simple solution can be made.
Mix equal parts of the following essential oils:
Combine with warm water and place in a clean spray bottle. Spray lightly over bedding, curtains, and other furnishings and allow to dry. Mist weekly.
Fruit Fly Trap
It’s impossible to keep fruit in the home without that annoying buzzing sound all around you. Yes, fruit flies are a big problem in the spring through the fall, and can be a bigger issue for those with apple trees and other fruit bearing trees outside.
To prevent the swarm, use a narrow bottle or bowl and place one chopped apple inside. Cover with apple cider vinegar. When the flies dip down to sip, they will get trapped in the glass bottle and are unable to escape (to drive you and your pet crazy).
Herbs as Mosquito Repellent
Nothing is better than adding fresh herbs to our meals, but did you know many of the herbs we grow also repel insects? Mosquitoes are a torture for us and our pets, as well as carry the risk of heartworm disease to pets. There are a few herbs you can use in the garden and around the yard to rid your pet of these flying pests.
- Lemon balm
Herbal Flea Spray
Fleas can be disastrous for the entire family, and can cause an infestation that lasts for months. Avoiding these pests is a must for every pet owner, since a few fleas brought in by Fido can mean calling an exterminator. Along with having your pet on a flea-tick and mosquito preventive, you can create the following natural spray to be used around the home.
- 2 liters of vinegar
- 2 liters of warm water
- 500 ml lemon juice
- 250 ml witch hazel
Spray liberally on bedding, furniture, carpet, and other places where fleas are known to burrow into.
Other Natural Solutions
Do you have any favorite recipes for DIY pet safe pest control? We’d love to hear about them. Just post a comment on our Facebook or tell us about it when you and your bestie visit us. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.