Home pest control methods like Riddex Plus (my last post) turned out to be a complete dud. I thought you might be interested in some all natural alternatives to help keep bugs from showing up in your home. Now this really surprised me that many natural ingredients can be used to deter pests like ants, fleas, flies, mosquitoes and roaches from moving in.
By the way, it also helps to keep helpful predators outside your home to reduce pest populations and reduce insect problems inside. These include spiders, ladybugs ,frogs, dragonflies, and praying mantis. These beneficial creatures help reduce pest populations.
- Vinegar - Wash cabinets, countertops, and floor with equal pans water and vinegar to deter ant infestations.
- Lemon, bone meal or powdered charcoal - Wherever ants are entering you can set up a barrier with these items. They usually won't cross lines of powered charcoal or bone meal. If you can find a hole where ants are entering the house, you can also squeeze the juice of a lemon in cracks or holes where ants are entering your house. Then slice up the remaining lemon and put the peels all around the entrance.
- Borax and flour - (This might not be a good idea if you have children and pets around.) Mix 2 cups borax and 1 cup flour in a 1 quart glass container. Punch holes in the jar lid. Sprinkle the contents around your house foundation.
- Spearmint, Tansy, and Southern wood - You can grow these plants around the border of your home to deter ants and also the aphids they carry.
- Vacuum - After your done vacuuming, remove the vacuum bag, seal it and dispose of it outside your home.
- Vinegar - A ratio of 1 quart of water to 1 teaspoon vinegar (per 40 pounds of pet weight) in your pets drinking water helps to keep your pets free of ticks and fleas.
- Fennel, Rosemary, Red Cedar Shavings, Sassafras, Eucalyptus, or Penny royal. Spread shavings or leaves of these plants around and under your pet's bed.
- Prevention - Try to always keep your kitchen garbage closed tightly. Sprinkle borax and dry soap into garbage cans after they've been washed and allowed to dry. This acts as a repellent.
- Orange - Scratch the skin of an orange and leave it out. The citrus acts as a repellent.
- Cloves - You can hang clusters of cloves to repel flies.
- Mint or Basil - Mint planted around the home are a great way repels flies. A pot of basil set on a table or the window sill helps to repel fleas. Basil produces a stronger scent if you keep it well watered from the bottom. You can also dried ground leaves and either hang them in muslin bags or leave them in small bowls.
- Prevent them by encouraging natural predators such as praying mantis or dragonflies.
- Eliminate stagnant pools of water - Avoid wearing bright colors, flower prints, perfume, bright colors, flowery prints, and bright jewelry. All of these items attract mosquitoes.
- Citronella - Citronella candles are very effective in repelling insects.
- Basil or Tansy - Plant tansy or basil around the patio and house to repel mosquitoes.
- Prevent them by closing off all gaps around electric lines and pipes where they enter the house. You can do this by either using screening or cement. Caulk small cracks along wall, baseboards and cupboards. Also around sinks, pipes, and bathtub fixtures. Seal all food tightly and rinse food off dishes that are left overnight. Don't leave pet food out overnight.
- Hedge Apples (Osage Orange) - Cut hedge apples in half and place several in cabinets, in the basement, or under the house to repel roaches.
- Cocoa Power, Flour and Borax - Mix together 1 tablespoon cocoa, 2 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons borax. Set the mixture out in dishes. CAUTION: Borax is toxic if eaten so please keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Flour and Borax and Flour - Mix 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup borax and fill a glass jar. Punch small holes in jar lid. Sprinkle powder along door sills and baseboards. Caution: Borax is toxic if eaten. This recipe may not be for you if there are young children or pets in the house.
- Flour, Oatmeal, and Plaster of Paris - Mix equal parts of each and set in dishes. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Powered Sugar and Baking Soda - Mix equal parts of each and spread around infested area.
Home pest control with all these ingredients almost sounds like your whipping up a cake! It definitely reduces time cleaning after them, but [tags]home-pest-control[/tags]also improves the health of your home, not to mention your well-being.