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How to Deal with Different Types of Pests

Here is a long and comprehensive list of common and not so common pests. We’ll explain how you can deal with each of them and talk about the common and alternative methods of doing so.

Under each pest below you will find two options. One will be your typical methods that most people apply and the other will be an alternate method. Alternate methods will refer to unconventional or green methods for pest prevention and management.

How to deal with most common house pests

Disclaimer: 24/7 Pest Control is using professional-grade tools and substances in order to repel or eliminate pests. The methods listed below are not how the technicians go about their tasks. You can test them out, try and see if they are going to help in your particular situation, if not, consider professional pest control, please.

Getting Rid of Spiders

Typical methods of removing spiders


Hoovering often and keeping your house dust free and clean will help prevent spider infestations. If you are seeing a lot of spiders on your property you should keep your eyes open for other insects. Spiders are not interested in our food supplies or the warmth of our homes. They invade properties, solely to hunt inside them.

Alternative methods of removing spiders

Spiders dislike peppermint oils which leave you with a natural method of prevention. Even if it doesn’t work in your case, it smells great! By removing other insects from your home you eventually discourage spiders from setting in and they will soon leave the premises

Getting Rid of Cockroaches

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Typical ways to deter cockroaches

Hoovering often, keeping your house clear of loose food, clutter and standing water will help prevent roach infestations. Always wash your dishes right after you are finished and avoid having snacks in bed or at your desk.

Alternate methods

Make a makeshift roach trap with wet coffee grounds and a cup. Alternatively leaving fresh cucumber near entry points will drive them out

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Typical ways to remove bed bugs

If infested already, there is likely no option other than wash and hoover everything. Remember to use a washing program with higher temperature. If the fabrics can’t take the heat, consider dry cleaning.

Alternative methods

Bed bugs can be prevented by stitching leaver to each corner of your mattress. Lavender oils also help.

Note: Bed bug infestations are extremely hard to deal with if they are fully spread. It might be best if you contact a professional right away.

Getting Rid of Fleas

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Typical methods to deal with fleas

If infested wash your beddings on the highest temperature they can take, or take them to dry cleaning. Hover your carpets, consider professional deep cleaning. If you have pets, they should be taking a bath with anti-flea shampoo.

Alternative methods

Fleas cannot tolerate brewers yeast. If you rub some yeast into the fur of your pet or put it in its food, fleas might start to avoid it. It also keeps their fur healthy.

Removing Rodents (rats and mice)

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Common ways to treat rodent infestations

Typically, an exterminator is called in. People are setting traps and poison baits to deal with rodents, but they don’t know where exactly should those traps be set. Professionals have the experience and technology to find rodent paths and cover them with traps and baits to either capture, kill them or lead them out of the property for good

Alternative methods for dettering rodents

Peppermint is known to repel mice while the best way to prevent rats is to block any entrances to your house

Wasps and Wasp Nests

Typical way of treating waps

Wasp sprays are probably the most typical way people are dealing with wasps. The nest of the wasps, however, should only be treated by a well equipped professional. Wasps get hyper-aggressive when their hive is under attack and will swarm out to sting.

Alternative methods

Makeshift bottle traps can be used to keep wasp numbers down in certain areas. Use sugary water as bait. You will catch a lot of flies with those traps as well.

Getting Rid of Ants

Typical methods for removing ants

Ant sprays or powders are commonly used to deter and prevent ants from making their way into houses.

Alternative methods

A more natural alternative is to place ground cinnamon in areas where ants can enter your home. Make sure that you find their path of entry. Scouts leave a pheromone behind, which is leading other ants, gatherers, to the food source. Find that path and rub it hard with some vinegar.

Remove and Prevent Woodworm

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Typical methods of treating woodworm

Aerosol woodworm sprays or oil coatings are popular uses of prevention. If you have a structural infestation, however, call professionals ASAP

Alternative methods

Simply keeping your house warm will prevent woodworm from spreading and thriving in your home.

Prevent and Remove Moths

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Common moth removing methods

Moths don’t like clean clothes and linens so keep your wardrobe and bedroom clean. Moths, particularly like sheep wool, so check your loft insulation.

Alternative methods

Like many pests, moths do not like the scents given off from essential oils such as cedar and lavender. Douse some cotton balls with these oils and spread them in wardrobes, closets, etc.

Getting Rid of House flies

Common fly treating methods

If you are finding swarms, check the area for dead animals. Blocked drains are another common reason for fly infestations. Remove the source of contamination to deter the flies.

Alternative methods

Flies dislike essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Spraying these oils in your home should keep them away.

If you are dealing with an infestation from any of the above-mentioned pests, and you can’t handle them on your own call in a professional. 24/7 Pest Control is always available to its clients. Emergency booking slots are available.

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