Now that the weather is getting warmer, many people will be spending time making sure to address pest hot spots in and around their homes. Pesticides are available for most common household insects and pests, but these potent chemical compounds may be more harmful to you and the environment than the pests. Creekbend Property Management has provided a list of natural ways to combat pests
Basil to Repel Flies
Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. If you don’t have enough sun for potted basil, put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.
Citrus to Send Spiders Running
Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.
Vinegar Gives Ants Marching Orders
Ants are not fans of vinegar! Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces-anywhere you’ve spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.
Tabasco Sauce Averts Roaches
Yes, that’s right! Roaches don’t do spicy! Combine five tablespoons of Tabasco and a ¼ cup of water in a spray bottle. While using protective eyewear, spray along baseboards, beneath radiators, and near doors.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Slices and Dices Bedbugs!
Bedbugs are impervious to most insecticides and removing them takes a somewhat aggressive approach; diatomaceous earth. This gritty powder is made from the fossilized skeletal remains of ancient marine life, when bedbugs make their way across this powder their bodies are sliced opened and drained of vital fluids (yuck). Wear a mask, gloves, and protective eyewear when treating area around bed. Spread DE dust thinly with a small brush in wall voids, behind wall hangings, floor molding, window casing, carpet edges, popcorn ceiling (if you live in an apartment building) and any other cracks, crevices or voids. Apply under rugs and furniture also. Make sure pets and children do not come into contact with DE dust.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
Fruit Flies tend to get busy during warm weather. Heat up ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and pour into mason jar, or something similar-it just needs to be deep enough for the flies to drown. Add a couple of drops of dish soap to keep flies from flying away. Roll up a piece of paper into a funnel shape and insert it in jar and tape down. Or wrap the jar opening with plastic wrap and poke holes into wrap. Sanitary efforts also need to be taken to prevent an infestation; keep counters clean, garbage receptacles clean, keep fruit and vegetables in refrigerator, and dispose of the rotten ones.
Salt to Send Fleas Jumping (to their deaths)
Alternately salting and vacuuming your floors will kill flea eggs. But since fleas have a three day reproduction cycle, you have to be diligent. Salt every day for nine days and vacuum every third day. You must empty vacuum or change bags each time or the live fleas will crawl right back out again.
Peppermint to Send Mice Scurrying
Mice find peppermint unbearable! This invigorating scent for Mice is like Skunk scent to humans. Fill a spray bottle with ¼ cup of water and 40 drops of peppermint oil, shake, and spray along baseboards and rear interior edges of kitchen cabinets, particularly beneath the sink. Locate the little rascals’ entry points and fill the holes with a cotton ball soaked in the oil.
Cinnamon Oil to Diminish Dust Mites
Cinnamon bark oil has been shown to control dust mites. Mix several drops into a 50/50 solution of water and denatured alcohol. Spray bedding, carpets, and any other places where dust tends to collect. Your house will smell like cookies!
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