Natural Ways to Keep Bugs and Spiders Out of Your Bar

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Bar floors aren't exactly something you'd eat off of. Keeping a bar floor clean is a very necessary aspect of working at a bar. Every time you spill something it increases the risk of an invasion of bugs, spiders, and mice. You do not want to be known as "the cockroach bar" or "where the bartender stomped a mouse dead right in front of me". There is nothing impressive about a hobo spider running across the bathroom floor. 

The problem is that the most common way of ridding an entire building of bugs and spiders is to use a chemical spray. Just take a step back and think of the likelihood that these chemicals are touching the glasses we fill with beer or the food items we sell. I understand these chemicals are announced as safe to spray indoors, but isn't there a better way? There must be a way to keep critters out and customers healthy.

3 Natural Ways to Keep Bugs and Spiders Out of Your Bar

1. EcoRaider Bio-Insecticide

EcoRaider Natural Ant Repellant This botanical bio-insecticide technology is rated #1 by the Entomological Society of America
Kills 100% of ants within 1 minute, it also breaks down ants’ trail and prevent from re-grouping and re-entry for 4 weeks or longer.
For use both indoor and outdoor to control existing and invading insects including ants, mites, lice
Uncompromising effectiveness outperforms traditional pesticides
Toxin-free and dermatologically safe, child, pet, bird and fish friendly

Quick Tips on Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally:

Sprinkle cayenne pepper near the source of the ants.
Spray lemon water solution near high-traffic ant areas.
Spray vinegar solution where you commonly come across ants.

2. Peppermint Oil For Spiders

Did you know that spiders have tastebuds on their legs? Pause for shudder...

One of the flavors they hate the most is peppermint. The only problem is real peppermint oil can run almost 20 bucks for 4 oz on Amazon. So consider watering it down and mixing it in a spray bottle. Remember oil will separate from water so you need to shake it before each time you spray and area.

If you're looking for a cheaper route, vinegar is also something they hate. But seriously, who likes the smell of vinegar? So spraying it, even watered down, all throughout your bar is not something you're going to get away with. Seriously consider the use peppermint oil in the areas where people are and use the vinegar solution on the outside perimeter. 

3. Getting Rid of Mice in a Bar

Want to see a scary list? These are diseases that are DIRECTLY transmitted by rodents:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever collapsed Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • South American Arenaviruses (Argentine hemorrhagic fever, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, Sabiá-associated hemorrhagic fever, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever)
  • Tularemia 

(Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

There are sticky mouse traps for a slow scary death, the ones that kinda dent their neck to death, or you can use the catch and release humane traps. But have you thought of what you're going to do with it once you catch it? The quick death is a good option, but if you're not ok with that, take the day off to enjoy a scenic drive miles away from your bar to drop off ole George. Or whatever you end up naming him. 

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