Looking for a vegan pest control solution?
As a vegan, you value the lives of all animals. However, things do start to get tricky when household pests begin to invade your home. Creatures like ants can be quite annoying as they tend to attack everything in your home. Also, pests like cockroaches and mice can carry diseases, making them dangerous.
So, what are you supposed to do when these intruders make themselves at home in your residence? Is there any way to deal with the problem humanely? Fortunately, the answer to this question is yes!
Here are all your humane options for dealing with pests:
Prevention is the Best Solution
As a vegan, your best option is to make certain that these pests can’t get into your home in the first place. This way, you won’t have to resort to any extreme measures later on.
Block All Entry Points
Start by examining your home carefully. Look for any holes, cracks, or entrances that mice or other pests could enter through. Pay attention to walls, ceilings, and any other nooks and crannies. These critters can often make their way through even the smallest of spaces.
Once you have located these, seal them up. You can use caulk, glue, cement – anything that will work as a stopper. You will need to keep an eye on them, to make sure that the sealants hold. Also, make it a habit to frequently examine your home to ensure that no new openings are forming.
Keep a Lid On It
As you may have noticed, it is usually food stored in boxes or bags that are broken into first. Now, this happens for a couple of reasons. First off, these items aren’t sealed properly. As such, insects and critters can get the scent of the food. Secondly, these types of packaging offer easy access.
So, make sure that cereals, rice, snacks, and similar food items are stored in airtight containers. Or, keep the food in the refrigerators where pests can get at it. This should help to keep critters at bay for the most part.
On a different note, check the lids of the garbage cans inside and outside your home. They should have heavy-duty lids that can be shut tightly. If you notice that the seal is weakening or loose, it is best to invest in some new garbage cans.
Keep Your Kitchen Spotless
Once you are done preparing a meal, it can be tiring to clean up every single part of the kitchen. Nevertheless, this is exactly what you should do. Ants, cockroaches, mice, and other household pests are attracted to leftover crumbs. So, making sure that there are none behind will keep the creatures away.
So, make it a habit to wipe down counters, sweep floors, and mop up any spills immediately. At the same time, always discard food on your plate immediately. And, wash your dishes and don’t leave them in the sink.
Use Natural Deterrents
So, what if you have noticed signs of pests in your home – what should you do then?
Well, luckily for vegans, there are plenty of natural deterrents that can keep pests away from your home.
For instance, ants don’t like the smell of pepper, lemon, or vinegar. Spraying these around areas that ants keep attacking could drive them away. You can pick this up whenever a colony of ants decides to move into your home.
Growing mint or peppermint plants around your home has also been found to keep many different kinds of pests away. The same goes for bay leaves in the pantry cupboards. Coffee grounds sprinkled at entry points will also act as a deterrent.
Keep in mind that with natural deterrents, there is some trial and error involved. So, if one method doesn’t work, give another one a go. You can often find useful remedies on vegan forums and similar parts of the internet.
Know Your Natural Removal Options
With pests like mice, you have to get the critters out of your home. In most cases, they aren’t going to leave on their own accord. Most traps, however, are rather inhumane. Thus, you need to focus on those that keep the animals alive.
These are known as catch-and-release traps. They essentially trap mice and other critters without harming them. This allows you to drive them out to a different destination and release them back into the wild.
Of course, it is important to check these traps regularly. Otherwise, the mice or other creatures that you have trapped may starve.
If you are feeling squeamish about this particular task, call up local pest control companies. Some use humane options to remove critters from your home. If you decide to hire their services, make sure to do your due diligence. It is important that they only use traps or means that don’t harm the pests in any way.
In Some Cases, Live and Let Live
There are some insects or critters that can be left to their own devices. For instance, is there a bee or wasp nest on your property? As long as it isn’t affixed to your home and is some distance away, you can leave it there.
This is because the wasps and bees don’t attack until they feel threatened. So, as long as you leave them well enough alone you can both co-exist. You should only think of relocating the hive if someone in your family is allergic to bee or wasp stings.
If you are concerned about how large the hive is becoming, reach out to professionals. They should be able to give you advice on what options are available.
These are the top factors that vegans need to know about pest control. As you can see, you don’t have to resort to harmful tactics to get rid of pests. At the same time, there is no need to put up with pests coming into your home either. You now have solutions that will give you the best of both worlds.
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