Pests can be a headache to deal with, literally – the harsh smell that comes from chemical bug sprays is enough to give anyone a headache. However, chemical bug sprays are not your only option for keeping away pests. Below we will discuss five natural ways to keep your home pest-free.
Repel Ants with Vinegar
Everyone knows that ants can be difficult to get rid of, but there is a natural repellent that works wonders. If you’ve spotted ants creeping along your counters or floorboards, simply make a mixture that’s half water, half vinegar. Use the solution to wipe down your counters and any other surfaces where you’ve seen ants crawling about. Repeat several times a day for best results. Wiping down your surfaces with this vinegar solution destroys the scent trail that the ants use in order to navigate, throwing them off course.
Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with Catnip
Even though your cat may love catnip, mosquitoes hate it. In fact, according to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes better than DEET. To keep mosquitoes out of your yard, grow catnip in your garden. To repel them when you go outside, try applying undiluted catnip oil to your skin. This should keep them away from you and protect you from nasty mosquito bites for up to 2 hours.
Fend off Spiders with Citrus
Spiders hate citrus, so a great way to fend them off is by mixing water with unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Use the mixture to spray down your kitchen counters and other surfaces where spiders may dwell, such as doorways and windowsills. You can also scatter orange, lemon, and lime peel around your garden to keep the spiders away.
Ward off Fleas with Salt
A good way to rid your home of fleas is by alternating salting and vacuuming your floors. This will kill flea eggs, as well as suck up any live bloodsuckers. Since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be persistent. Salt your floors every day for nine days, vacuuming every third day. Be sure to empty the vacuum cleaner each time, or else any live fleas that you’ve sucked up will simply hop back out and make their way back into your carpet!
Scare Away Flies with Basil
For some reason, flies really despise the smell of basil. You can use this to your advantage by placing pots of basil around your house, especially at doorways, on windowsills, and on your kitchen counter. If your house doesn’t let in enough sunlight to keep a potted plant thriving, then you can hang dried basil in small muslin pouches throughout your home, focusing on entryways and your kitchen. Be sure to rub the pouch occasionally to keep the scent strong. Alternately, you can plant basil around the exterior of your house, creating a barrier between the flies and your home.
These are just a few natural remedies to keep your home pest-free. If you find yourself still facing a pest problem after trying these, you may need to call in a pest control professional in order to find a solution.
About the author: Chris is writer for Fox Pest Control, a Connecticut based pest control company.