Many homes have pest problems. Common house pests include mites, flies, mosquitoes and spiders. Some of these pests can be carriers of diseases while others cause nothing but annoyance to home owners. But regardless of how these household pests affect you, it would be good to get rid of them. While commercial pesticides are readily available in the market, using natural ways to deter house pests can still be your best option.
Here are 8 natural ways to deter house pests:
1. Deter flies with Basil
Basil is an aromatic herb that is excellent for cooking a wide range of dishes especially Italian pasta. But do you know that by planting basil on your doorway and window sills, you can also block flies from entering your home. Flies don’t like the smell of basil. Aside from growing a basil plant, you may also use dried basil in a muslin pouch.
2. Keep spiders away with Citrus
Spiders hate the smell of citrus. You can take advantage of this pest’s weakness to deter them from entering your home. You can scatter orange, lemon or lime peels in areas where you commonly see spiders. You can also spray your countertops with lime juice mixed with water to keep them away from your kitchen.
3. Keep rodents away by planting Peppermint
Peppermint is a natural deterrent of rodents. You can use peppermint oil in a cotton ball and put them along entryways including window sills to keep rodents away. But for a longer-lasting solution, simply plant peppermint near your doorways and window sills and it will discourage rodents from visiting your home.
4. Avoid ants with Mint
Mint can help avoid ant infestation as it destroys the smelling capability of these tiny insects. You can plant mint near the doorways and anthills and scatter mint leaves in your kitchen especially the pantry to discourage them from going inside your house.
5. Repel mosquitoes with Catnip
Catnips are effective in repelling mosquitoes. You can plant catnips around your home to send these insects away. You can also apply catnip oil on your skin as a natural mosquito repellent.
6. Kill fleas with Salt
If your home is under attack by fleas, you can kill them by applying salt on your floor before vacuuming. Salt can effectively kill flea eggs. But you have to repeat this process twice and empty your vacuum every time to make sure that no flea eggs can get away.
7. Get rid of dust mites using Cinnamon oil
For problems with dust mites, mix cinnamon oil with denatured alcohol in a 50-50 solution. Spray this on beddings, carpets and other areas that are prone to dust mites.
8. Repel wasps with Wormwood
If your home experiences frequent visits by wasps, you can naturally repel them by planting wormwood in your garden. Mint too is an effective wasp-repellent.
The above lists include toxic-free, environment-friendly and inexpensive ways to get rid of different types of house pests. By using these natural insecticides, you are protecting your house from pests without putting your health or the environment at risk.