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9 Natural Remedies for Household Pest Problems

Every household faces a pest problem some time or the other, you can use easily available natural ingredients to get rid of pests.

Published: January 22, 2016 9:23 PM IST

By Anjum Dhir Kulkarni

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Whether it’s ants and roaches or spiders and bed bugs, every household faces a pest problem some time or the other. But every time you see an insect lurking around, you don’t need to go hunting for the harshest chemical around. You can use natural ingredients readily available in your home to solve almost any pesky pest problem. We’ll tell you how!

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Although they are particularly potent, you may not always like to use strong insecticides and pesticides inside or around your home. Some people are bothered by fumes, while others can’t risk using chemicals around their pets and kids. Whatever your reason, natural remedies are a safe option for your pest problem.

1. Essential Oils

Essential oils—such as lavender, peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus—smell great; but besides refreshing the air and uplifting one’s mood, they can also be used to control dust mites and bed bugs. Since these oils are usually found in very concentrated form, you can mix a few drops with water and spray this directly on problem areas, such as sofas, beds, carpets, rugs and mats.

2. Salt

Salt is another very useful ingredient to help get rid of ants and fleas. Sprinkle salt around doors and windows to stop ants from coming into your home. Fleas usually hang around the carpet, so it is best to sprinkle salt directly onto carpets and rugs to dispel these pests.
(Additional tip: Another good way to deter fleas is to sprinkle your pets, and their bedding, with a bit of finely ground rosemary leaves.)

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is one of nature’s best cleansers and one of the best products to keep pests like ants and fruit flies away. In fact, according to HGTV, the strong smell of vinegar repels ants and deters them from forming navigation trails based on other scents. At the same time, it attracts fruit flies and can used as bait to trap and get rid of them.

4. Lemon (or Lime) Juice

Lemon and lime juice are effective cleansers that can also help keep spiders, ants and snails at bay. Spiders don’t like citrus and won’t come anywhere near your doors and windows if you spray these areas with a little bit of either kind of juice. Since this juice usually comes in concentrated solutions too, you can mix it with water and spray it all around your window panes and door frames.

5. Mint

Mint is another very useful ingredient that repels a variety of pests—and it does so without making a mess. It keeps everyday irritants, such as flies, mosquitoes and ants, away. You can simply keep mint leaves around your windows, doors, and anywhere else you feel insects are entering your house from. Even better, you can plant mint around these entrances to your home. Not only will it keep bugs away, it will also lend a refreshing scent to your entryways!

6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a tried and tested aid against roaches. More so, it is most effective in getting rid of them when it is mixed with powdered sugar. You can make a mixture of the two ingredients and leave it wherever you see the pests. Though a tad messy, it is one of the best ways to kill off the bugs.

7. Cucumber Peels

Cucumber peels, especially bitter ones, are very effective against ants as well—and pest control services, such as Planet Natural, even highly recommend it.. You can leave peels around doors and windows to repel colonies of ants.

8. Detergent

Detergent, though not completely natural, is not as harsh as all those strong chemicals used in pesticides and insecticides—it can be used to trap and kill off fruit flies with ease. You can also leave some wine or apple cider vinegar out to entice the flies and add a little bit of detergent to your bait. This will trap and kill the pests in a jiffy.

9. Miscellaneous

There are, in fact, a number of substances that you can use to create a barrier against creepy crawlies trying to wiggle their way into your home, including petroleum jelly, cinnamon, chalk, talc, charcoal powder and cayenne pepper. Similarly, cloves help to keep away winged insects. Even garlic works well to keep insects away. You can blend it with water and spread the paste as a barrier around windows.

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