Enjoying your home and garden is impossible when you have a critter or bug infestation on your hands. It may surprise you, but you don’t have to head to your local lawn and garden store to figure out a solution in order to battle your current crisis. Keep reading to discover natural pest remedies.
That’s right, you probably have a majority of these natural household solutions already in your home. They’ll save you a great deal of money instead of having to buy pest control services or try to apply store-bought materials. At the same time, you’ll help keep your pets from getting into something that they shouldn’t. These are natural pest remedies that are safe and effective to use around your home and garden. In case you missed this post, The Best Herbs To Grow In Mason Jars
12 Natural Pest Remedies
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s rather unappealing when you have fruit flies hovering around in your kitchen, and they always seem to know the perfect time to show up, right before you have visitors. Take back control of your kitchen by pouring some apple cider vinegar into a bowl with a drop of liquid dish soap and then covering it up with plastic wrap. Then make tiny holes in the plastic and the vinegar should draw the fruit flies in, but they won’t be able to get back out.
2. Banana Peels
Being a gardener myself, I know firsthand how irritating aphids can be when they begin holding social gatherings in my garden. If left untreated, they can destroy all of the hard work and love you’ve put into our garden. I have a win-win natural remedy for you. By placing banana peels near the stem of your plants, it should keep the aphids away, and also help to enrich the soil of your garden.
Sweet basil is a member of the mint family that tastes great in pasta, salads, pizza, and several other recipes. Yet it can be used as a natural pest remedy when you’re dealing with kamikaze flies in your home that are buzzing past your ear. To keep those pesky flies from ever finding their way into your home, plant a pot of basil in a sunny location near a nearby entranceway. It should help to deter them. How To Grow Basil In The Garden
Many people find ladybugs to be one of those bugs that they can tolerate, but that rare exception to the rules may change when they start to invade their house. As it turns out, ladybugs don’t like strong scents, which is why placing a bag of cloves near a heavily infested area is a great solution. You’ll just have to sweep or vacuum up the cloves when your situation has improved.
5. Coffee Grounds
The next time that you make a pot of coffee, don’t throw out the coffee grounds after you’re done. It turns out that critters and other small pests don’t like the smell of coffee, which I find totally bizarre because it smells so good. For ants, it’s actually fatal. Wherever you think critters are coming in, place some coffee grounds there and they won’t continue to come around.
For those of you with pets, you certainly don’t want to go with an ant killer that is toxic because your furry loved ones can get sick from it. Instead, place small piles of cornmeal where you notice that ants are hanging around. While they will eat it and take it back to their colony, ants aren’t capable of digesting it. This method may take a couple of days, but it has proven effective.
7. Egg Repellent
Have you been noticing deer activity out in your garden recently? Instead of reaching for your rifle like you may be tempted to do, choose to go with an egg repellant that can get the job done. That way you’re not scaring your neighbors half to death and those rascally deer can continue grazing elsewhere. The mixture consists of combining 20% eggs and 80% water that has been run through a blender and then you simply spray your plants and tree leaves with it. This is not one of the very well-known natural pest remedies, but it works!
8. Essential Oils
Are you in desperate need of a dust mite repellant spray? You can use a mixture of lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or rosemary oil with a spray bottle of water, and then lightly mist your mattress with it. Allow it to air dry, and the dust mites should stay away.
9. Fresh Herbs
An evening out by the bonfire with family and friends can be going great, but once the mosquitos start to crash the party the fun you were having will be forgotten. Fortunately for you, there is a solution. Keep mosquitos at bay by throwing fresh sage or basil directly onto the fire and let the good times carry on.
10. Hot Pepper Spray
Hot peppers can even be difficult for people to eat at times, and for pests and critters, it’s awful. You can use your own chopped-up peppers, or use hot pepper flakes, but cayenne probably works the best. You’ll then mix it with a gallon of water and then spray it over your garden. Here’s more on how to make hot pepper spray along with a few other household items that will keep garden pests away.
Old wives’ tales are more often brushed aside as nothing but complete nonsense and silly superstition, yet this one actually has some truth to it. To keep spiders from hanging around and creeping about your home, slice up an onion and then put it in a bowl of water. You will then want to strategically place it where you think that they may be coming in, and they should get the hint that their presence in your home is unwelcome.
12. White Vinegar
Once a scout ant has detected food somewhere inside your home, it won’t be long after that you’ll have a trail of ants marching in to stake their claim. To help wash away the trail, spray a solution of 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint and the ant activity should dissipate.
Everyone should be able to live comfortably and without any worry of outside pests making their way into their home or garden. By using these natural pest remedies that I’ve mentioned above, you will have both a safe and effective way to keep these intruders out. What are some natural pest remedies you know about or have experience using? May God Bless this world, Linda