Whether you live in the suburbs of Brisbane or in the outback, you have to deal with pests. Spiders, cockroaches, mice and ants may be less scary than snakes; still, you would wish that you didn’t have them as house companions.
With commercial pesticides getting all the flak for being unsafe for health and the environment, they surely are not the ideal means of pest inspection and control. Luckily, there is a better alternative. You can get rid of household pests naturally using plants that you can easily grow in your garden or items you can find in your pantry.
Say goodbye to pesky critters the natural way
Vinegar is not only perfect for concocting your favorite vinaigrette; it is a good cleaning solution as well. With it strong aroma, it does a good job of masking the scent tracks that pests leave behind. With no scent tracks, ants and other pests go somewhere else. The liquid can also be utilised for control. To banish fruit flies, fill an old glass container ¾ full with vinegar, add 6 drops of dishwashing soap and fill with water. Place the solution on top of the counter. After a while, it will attract the insects and they will drown in it.
Boric acid is a natural mineral that been ground into dust-like consistency to be used as a pest repellent. It’s very effective against cockroaches, ants, fleas and silverfish. Application is as simple as sprinkling the needed amount into crawl spaces or behind walls. However, since boric acid is very fine, you need to take precautions against inhaling it during application because this can lead to irritation.
Do you know that flies can’t stand the smell of basil? Keeping a pot of basil on the kitchen counter is a sure way of making your food preparation free from hovering flies. Dried basil can be effective too but you have to put it inside a pouch rub it once in a while to release the scent.
This is a must if you’re spider-phobic. To get rid of spiders, mix freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice with water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on countertops as well as on doorways and windowsills to discourage spiders from entering your home. And don’t throw away the citrus peels. Instead, scatter them around your garden so it will be cleared of spiders too.
This perennial herb, which belongs to the mint family, is liked by cats but hated by mosquitoes. Planting catnip in your garden will help repel mosquitoes so you won’t spend most of your time swatting away whenever you’re outdoors.
There’s more to salt than making dishes more palatable. It is an effective flea egg killer when used on floors, carpets and rugs. A suggested method is this: apply salt everyday for 9 days and vacuum every third day since the reproductive cycle of fleas lasts for 3 days. Never forget to empty the vacuum cleaner after every use; or else the fleas will crawl right back to where they came from.
If you suspect your sleeping space has a dust mite infestation, use cinnamon oil as a remedy. Put a few drop of the oil in a water and alcohol solution and spray on the bed sheets. The mixture can also be applied to carpets and other parts of the home where the pests inhabit. With cinnamon oil, you won’t just get rid of the dust mites but your house will smell like there are cookies baking in the oven.