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SpiderWhile insects do plenty of good outdoors, most people don't want them inside their homes. But don't go reaching for those harsh pesticides every time you see a creepy crawler. It's much healthier and safer to use non-toxic alternatives. But which methods work for which bugs?
  • Fruit flies: These flying critters can easily be caught by placing a piece of skinless fruit into a bowl, then covering it with plastic wrap and poking a few small holes in the top. The flies will crawl in to eat, but will be unable to fly back out.
  • Mosquitoes: These pests avoid breezy areas because they cannot land in a crosswind and they're not strong enough to fly against it. Placing a fan by an open window helps keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Ants: The famed picnic thieves often enter and linger in your home for food. Store all food in air-tight containers and keep the kitchen clean and crumb-free. Dirty dishes and standing water also attract ants. To keep them out for good, line suspected entry points with cinnamon, which ants do not like.
  • Cockroaches: To catch a roach, particularly in a dry climate, pour water and a bit of soap into the bottom of a jar. The critters are attracted to the water, which will prevent them from escaping as the soap kills them.
  • Silverfish: These guys love carbs, such as bread or cereal. Trap them by placing a carb-filled food inside a jar and wrapping masking tape around the outside. Silverfish can crawl across the tape to reach the inside, but they can't make it back up the smooth glass and will get stuck.
  • Crickets: Set yet another trap for chirping crickets. Spoon some molasses into a shallow bowl or lipped plate, then top it off with water and set it on the floor where the crickets are entering. They will hop into the bowl and drown.
  • Moths: These flying insects are put off by the scent of lavender. Buy some fresh lavender or lavender essential oil and soak a few cotton balls, which can then be placed in closets, drawers and hung in breathable bags around your home.
  • Spiders: Arachnids eat other insects, so eliminating other bugs using the tips above goes a long way toward eliminating spiders' food source. However, it also helps to fill in cracks around windows and doorframes with caulk to reduce entry points.
Protect your belongings from the unforeseen. Call Prestige Insurance Group at (305) 969-8776 for more information on Miami renters insurance.
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