Vegan Friendly Ways to Deal with Pests at Home

Vegans are likely to have a harder time dealing with pests at home because they have decided to opt for a cruelty free lifestyle. Simple acts like adopting pets, avoiding dairy and meat products at the market and not going for leather and wool in clothing shows compassion towards animals. We can’t say the same for animals that do more damage and almost no good in your home.

Specific types of pests don’t actually need exterminating, the cruelty free options are worth a try to control the problems. First things first, your home should be regularly cleaned to avoid attracting the pests who are drawn by food wastes like mice and rats.

Handling Wasps

Wasps are known to be dangerous pests, especially to those who are allergic to their sting; a person who’s allergic can go into shock even after just a single sting. Wasp nests inside your home or an area outside that’s too close for comfort leaves you with no choice but to have them exterminated. Let’s say that the wasp nest is at the farthest corner of your property and they’re not causing any real damage then just avoid the area for a while; they will leave the property after a short period. Wasps actually relocate and build nests every year; leaving them alone doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with them forever.

Dealing with Mice and Rats

Mice and rats are the two pests that vegans hate harming even though they have infested their homes, mainly due to the fact that these pests are mammals. It’s a good thing that humane mousetraps are a thing; these mousetraps safely trap the mouse inside a box, waiting for the owner to release them. Humane mousetraps are the best options if you don’t want to opt for lethal traps and poison. A natural, but certainly not cruelty free option, is to have your house cat have a go at solving the problem.

Handling Spiders

A few spiders lingering about in your home is not a pest outbreak, if they’re not venomous then we suggest leaving them alone. Spiders can actually help you by catching flies and other pests; they can contribute to efforts in keeping the house pest free. But if you’re either scared or disgusted with spiders then you’ll have a problem; a solution would be to trap the spider and release them outside or have someone do it if you simply can’t. Of course for far more serious problems like finding a dangerous spider infestation in your home, immediately contact a local pest control professional.

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