Keeping Pests at Bay: Natural Methods to Keep Bugs Out of your Home

Most people would prefer the creepy crawlers to stay out of their home. Unfortunately, bugs don’t corporate and will enter any dwelling look for food and shelter. And while they generally don’t mean any harm, insects can be both annoying and problematic. If your infestation isn’t large, you can use several natural and organic methods to deal with insects. You should, however, contact us today if your infestation is extensive or other methods tried have failed.

Essential Oil Treatment Options

Essential oils can make a wide array of pesticides without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

• Citronella Essential Oil – Mosquitoes
• Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Mosquitoes
• Germanium Essential Oil – Flies and mosquitoes
• Lavender Essential Oil – Ticks, chiggers, flies, fleas and mosquitoes
• Patchouli Essential Oil – Gnats
• Lemongrass Essential Oil – Ticks, chiggers, flies, fleas and mosquitoes
• Rosemary Essential Oil – Fleas and ticks
• Peppermint Essential Oil – Ants and spiders
• Tea Tree Essential Oil – Ants and mosquitoes

To use any of the above essential oils, simply mix 1 cup of grain alcohol with 2 ½ teaspoons of the desired essential oil in a spray bottle. Mist the mixture around your home. Not only will the mixture keep the pests at bay, but it will also fill the air with a pleasant aroma.

Other Organic Pesticide Options

Essential oils are not the only method to keeping pests out of your home. In fact, there are many other options you can implement to keep your home bug free. For example, trap annoying fruit flies by filling a glass with about 2-inches of apple cider vinegar, covering the glass with plastic wrap and then poke holes in it. The fruit flies will enter the glass through the holes and won’t be able to get back out.
Repel spiders by mixing 50-percent white vinegar with 5-percent water and then spray openings, cracks and other areas where spiders enter. Sprinkling coffee grounds around doors and windows will keep ants from entering your home, while boric acid repels silverfish.

Considerations

While the above tips are a wonderful way to naturally control pests, proper housekeeping is the best defense against insects. At the very least, you should keep the kitchen area tidy and free of crumbs, which can attract bugs. Furthermore, rinse sauce jars, juice containers and the like with water before placing them in the garbage can or recycling bin. You can also keep gnats and fruit flies out of your home by regularly cleaning drains with a solution of ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar poured down the drain. After 5 minutes, rinse the drains clean with boiling water.

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