10 natural ways to get rid of common household pests

10 natural ways to get rid of common household pests

  • Healthy Living is a life style.
  • If you have kids and pets this is one more reason why should opt for healthier options and avoid commercial pest control products.
  • Make your own repellents and you will be in charge of what goes in your home and garden. This is key to healthy living.
  • With this in mind, we have 10 natural ways to get rid of common household pests in your home.
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  • 1. Fix leaks as soon as possible:
  • Make sure to fix leaky pipes as soon as possible, because cockroaches love damp places. Healthy living is about taking a preemptive step.
  • 2. Make a tick-repelling lemon spray:
  • Ticks avoid citrus.
  • Boil 2 cups of water, and add two lemons or limes sliced. Simmer for 1 hour. Strain the fruit out; let it cool and into the sprayer.
  • Squirt it on you, your kids, your yard and your pets.
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  • 3. Make a garlic and hot chili possum repellent:
  • Mix 2 tablespoon of crushed garlic or hot chili in 1 liter of boiling water.
  • Let it cool.
  • Pour in a sprayer and squirt on your plants.
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  • 4. Make our soapy peppermint spray to repel mice and rodents:
  • Mix 1 cup unscented baby shampoo and 25 drops of peppermint essential oil.
  • Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spray on areas and surfaces where you wish to repel them like basements and garages.
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  • 5. Plant smart to repel flies:
  • Are flies taking over your home or garden? Create a natural shield.
  • Add fly repelling plants around your home. It is an easy way to keep flies away. We recommend plants such as basil, bay leaves, catnip, lavender, mint, and rosemary.
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  • 6. Store food in pest-safe containers:
  • Make sure food containers are free of any holes that bugs and critters can get in to. Also make sure that all containers are BPA-free.
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  • 7. Try apple cider as a flea repellent:
  • Fleas hate apple cider vinegar.
  • Mix 2 tsp of ACV with 1 cup of water, spray your animals and rub it into their fur.
  • You can also add apple cider vinegar into your animals’ drinking water.
  • Start with 1 tsp and slowly increase the amount to two tablespoons for 1 gallon of water.
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  • 8. Try a peppermint spider repellent:
  • Spiders hate peppermint oil.
  • Add 10 to 15 drops of peppermint essential oil into a spray bottle with 8 to 12 ounces of water.
  • Spray around door frames, windows, small cracks, corners of the ceilings and bathrooms.
  • Use peppermint essential oil without water for a more potent version.
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  • 9. Use cinnamon and garlic to repel ants:
  • Place cinnamon sticks and peeled and sliced garlic cloves around window tracks or holes in the house.
  • Replace the cloves every 3 days until ants are gone.
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  • 10. Use steel wool to keep out mice:
  • Cover holes that mice can get into with steel wool. The steel wool is too hard for mice and other critters to chew through.
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  • Note: The content on our website is for educational purposes only. Please consult a qualified expert before trying these healthy living tips.
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  •  For fly repellent recipes. 
  • For a mosquito repellent recipe. 
  • For a DIY spider repellent. 
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  • REFERENCES:
  • 1. “Efficacy and Safety of Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) as a Novel Filth Fly Repellent.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, n.d. Web. 27 May 2014.
  • 2. “Household Pests? 10 No-Chemical Ways to Get Rid of Them.” Reader’s Digest. Reader’s Digest, n.d. Web. 13 July 2014.
  • 3. “Natural Flea & Tick Control.” Mercola.com. Mercola.com, n.d. Web. 13 July 2014.
  • 4. “Grow Safe, Natural Mosquito Repellents.” Mother Earth News. Mother Earth News, June-July 2012. Web. 13 July 2014.
  • 5. “Natural Insect Repellent: Non-Toxic Options for Insect Control.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 13 July 2014.

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