The keys for natural pest control in your home and in your garden are modification and prevention. In generalities, natural pest control is defined as the use of techniques, products and methods that won't put human health or the environment at risk.
More often than not, very simple changes that you make to your home or garden can drastically change and reduce pet populations on your property. When it comes to natural pest control, the idea is that before you reach for the phone to call an exterminator, or grab a pesticide and spray it yourself, you can take steps to get rid of the problem in a far less invasive way.
First and foremost, you should monitor the pest problem. Find out what they are, where they are entering and exiting your home and what they are feeding on. Once you have a better understanding of the pest or pests you are dealing with, you can better make a determination on how to deal with the problem.
Modification is important when it comes to a pest's ability to enter and exit your home. Do structural repairs as they are needed, like caulking cracks in the foundation, making certain that windows and doors are sealing properly and repairing damaged or missing screens. If the pest's are in the habit of getting in through crevices and open doors, modify those habits by sealing them off.
Many pests are attracted to spills like greasy or sugary liquids, poorly stored pet food, and uncovered garbage. Eliminating the possibility of food sources for many outdoor and indoor pests can often eliminate the pest problem.
Prevention comes when you continue upkeep of structural repairs, maintain proper sanitation and housekeeping practices, and keep food storage well sealed.
Although these practices aren't fool proof ways to ensure that you will have no problems with pest infestations, natural pest control practices do help in reducing the possibility without increasing your potential for harm by using chemicals and pesticides.
An adult rat can squeeze into a hole in your house as small as the size of a quarter.