Natural pest control is not only less expensive than store bought pesticides, it’s also safer for your family, your pets, your yard, and the environment.
Each year American use approximately 136 million pounds of pesticides on lawns and in their homes. In fact, homeowners use about three times the amount of pesticides as farmers.
Controlling summer pests is much easier than you may think. Try these natural ways to get rid of common pests easily.
Keep your kitchen counters clean and free of crumbs and sticky spots. Wipe down surfaces after preparing food.
Ants have a natural aversion to cucumber so lay cucumber peels or slices in your kitchen or at the ants’ point of entry.
They also hate mint so leave a few mint tea bags near areas where the ants seem most active.
Mosquitos are most lively in the early morning and early evening. They look for places where the air is still because they are hindered by breezes so close windows and doors on your house where the breeze passes through.
They populate around standing water so the most important thing you can do is remove water sources. Change birdbaths, waking pools and pet’s water dishes at least twice a week. Remove anything in your yard that collects water.
If you’re cooking out, throw a bit of sage or rosemary on the grill to repel mosquitos.
Plant some catnip (Nepeta cataria) in your garden; not only will it repel mosquitos, but you’ll also get some beautiful flowers. Other mosquito-repelling plants include rosemary, marigolds, and lemon balm.
Flies are repelled by a few scents. Make sachets with cheesecloth and fill them with crushed mint, clove, bay leaves or eucalyptus and place them around the house.
Plant basil outside your doors or in containers. The flies will stay far away.
You can also cut a nice size bunch and take it with you when you go on picnics. As an added bonus, mosquitoes don’t like it either.
Spiders hate peppermint. Place a few drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle, add a squirt of liquid dish detergent and fill with water. Spray the mixture on cobwebs, around doors and windows, around the lawn and garden and on any surfaces where spiders lurk. In addition to having a pleasant aroma, this mixture is nontoxic and safe to use around children and pets.
You can also use a combination of coconut oil and white vinegar to make an effective spray for repelling spiders. Oils may stain or cause spots though so test the mixture on a small, hidden area of carpets or upholstered furniture.
All-Purpose, Natural Bug Spray
If all else fails, make this easy, natural homemade insect repellent that will work on most pests. Just mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, witch hazel or vodka with about 40-45 drops of peppermint essential oil and 15 drops of a citrus essential oil (orange or lemon work great). Pour it all in a spray bottle and use around your doors, windows and anywhere else you see pests gaining access. When not in use, store the mixture in the fridge. It should last about 2-3 months.