Do It Yourself Pest Control Without Pesticides
Effective pest control doesn’t necessarily mean using toxic, potentially harmful pesticides in all situations. If you have an infestation of termites or bed bugs it may be best to contact your local pest control company for a professional remedy, but for most household pests there are non-toxic, more natural remedies.
It All Starts With Prevention
Bugs need food and they need water. Kitchens, of course, are prime attractions for household pests but there are some basic housekeeping tips that will make them less attractive. Keeping counter tops, appliances and other surfaces clean, dry and free of food particles goes a long way. A mixture of vinegar and water will help clean up and remove odors.
Any leaks should be repaired and it’s also a good idea to dry out the sink when not in use. Drains can be kept clear and odor free by using a combination of baking soda and vinegar. Keeping dry food in bags or jars, keeping a lid on the trashcan and rinsing containers before discarding are also good prevention practices.
Frequent sweeping and mopping will keep food particles from building up and keep floors clean and dry. Sealing any gaps around windows, doors and pipes will limit ready access for pests and help keep them out of the house. Cracks, crevices and any other areas that will allow pests a way in should be caulked or sealed.
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Pick the Right Tool for the Right Bug
There are a variety of home remedies for pest control, some for general use and some specifically used for particular pests. A great all-purpose bug spray can be made with 2 tablespoons of peppermint Castile’s soap and a gallon of water. This remedy can be sprayed pretty much all around the house and does a great job of creating a repelling barrier that discourages pests. Pay special attention to any areas around openings such as windows and doors.
Essential oils mixed with grain alcohol create a custom designed solution for an array of pests.
Mosquitoes are repelled by citronella, lemon eucalyptus, tea tree and geranium. Flies have an aversion to lemon grass and geranium. Patchouli is an effective deterrent for gnats while rosemary is good against fleas and ticks. Even peppermint can be used for spiders and ants. A variety of plants can be used for effective pest control such as citronella, marigolds, basil, horse mint and rosemary.
Easily available products that are non-toxic and effective for pests include coffee for repelling ants, borax with sugar to lure ants and kill them, vinegar and water for spiders sprayed around entrances and apple cider vinegar for fruit flies.