Nature is beautiful. I appreciate the trees, grass, ocean, and animals. But there’s one thing I have difficulty embracing and that’s insects. As long as they stay outside, I’m fine with that. I just don’t want them in my kitchen. I will say proudly, though, that I do rescue spiders when I find them. After all, they’re harmless and go after the real pesky insects like mosquitoes. That’s where I draw the line, though. Anything else has to go.
I live in an apartment building and so there are particular pests, no matter how clean your kitchen is, that sometimes find their way into your home. Unfortunately, you’re often at the mercy of your neighbor. So, about 4 weeks ago I spotted a (I’m cringing at the thought of just typing the next word) cockroach. My first reaction was to set off a bomb with the most horrible toxic cloud imaginable to go after the one I saw and any others that I immediately pictured living behind the appliances. But I resisted and called a friend. She simply suggested pouring a barrier line of baking soda just under and in front of the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator (see an earlier post on the wonders of baking soda as a cleaning product). I stepped into action right away and even pushed some through any small holes I found as an extra precaution.
Well, it’s been a month now and I’m very pleased to say (as I knock on the wooden table here) that I haven’t seen one since I built my “great wall”, as I like to think of it. Resist temptations of using harsh chemical pest controls and take a look at Earth Easy for other natural ways of getting rid of ants, dust mites, mosquitoes, flies, fleas, wasps and others.