Cockroaches, lizard, centipedes, earwigs, etc near you and in your house is weird when you are in the middle of your delicious food. Almost all the corners of our house are shared by these unseen invaders. These pests pose a danger to your personal hygiene and health. They are even poisonous if gets in the process of preparing food. Here are easy remedies to get rid of them.
Cockroaches are not only disgusting things to see in your house, but they also may carry very harmful diseases. There are many products you can get from the store but they are usually highly toxic. This trick is very cheap and safe, and most importantly, it works.
Chop one onion and add one tsp of baking soda, and put this mixture in the corners of your house. Reapply it daily and very soon you will find your house roach-free.
- Tick repellent for humans
Mix 20 drops of rose geranium essential oil, 10 drops of sweetgrass essential oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of citronella or lemon essential oil, and one tbsp of rubbing alcohol, and dilute it to 100 ml with vinegar or water and transfer it into a spray bottle. Shake well and spray on your clothes before going outside.
- Tick repellent for dogs
- Dogs seem to always be targeted by ticks so check your furry friend frequently, especially after walks at the park.
Mix 20 drops of rose geranium and pennyroyal essential oil with 2 tbsp of almond oil and place a few drops of it on your dog or on their collar.
Do not use it on cats or pregnant animals.
3 Garden pests
Aphids, spider mites, and other garden pests can do big damage to your garden and all your effort will be ruined in the blink of an eye. Certainly, there are many pesticides available but the use of them can make fruits and vegetables inedible.
Mix 1/2 a cup of hot peppers with 1/2 a cup of garlic or onion, and blend it until it turns into a paste. Mix the paste with 500 ml of warm water. Let it sit for 24 hours in a warm place, strain it and spray your plants with this liquid.
Even if you don’t get poisonous spiders in your area, you most likely would still appreciate knowing that they can’t come in the house. They can get absolutely anywhere and even the smallest ones are really scary.
This natural repellent won’t kill the spiders but it will keep them away because they don’t like strong smells. Add 5-10 drops of peppermint oil into a mix of 200 ml of water and 1/4 tsp of liquid detergent, shake well and spray the affected areas once a week until all spiders run away. The peppermint oil can be substituted with eucalyptus, citronella, lavender or tea tree oil.
Ants can be very annoying and suddenly appear from nowhere, oftentimes sneaking into places in your kitchen or pantry. If ants are making their way into your kitchen, there is a way to make it less attractive for them.
Apparently, ants absolutely hate the smell of cinnamon. Put cinnamon powder in the areas where you think the ants enter from. For more effective results, you can add some essential oil to the cinnamon powder. As a side effect, you’ll get a very nice earthy smell in your house.
6 Dust mites
These things are so tiny that we cannot even see them with the naked eye, but unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that they’re not around. They live in household dust, prefer warmer places and their favorite food is skin flakes. So guess where they like to be? That’s right, on your bed!
Although dust mites don’t bite, many specialists believe that they can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations. Even if you are not allergic to them, you most likely would prefer not to share your house with these little bugs.
Mix 6 tsp of eucalyptus oil with 1.5 tsp of liquid laundry detergent in 1 bucket of water and soak the washable items — then wash it as normal. For anything unwashable, just spray and wipe it with a clean cloth. If you don’t like the smell of eucalyptus oil, you can substitute it with tea tree oil, which is just as effective.
If you leave flour, cereal or rice unsealed in the pantry, you might end up with these unwanted bugs in your food. Weevils prefer grains and seeds but can also appear in flour or even pancake mix. You certainly don’t want chemical pesticides anywhere near your food but this trick can be a good solution.
Apparently, weevils really don’t like the smell of bay leaves or cloves. Drop a clove or a bay leaf on the top of your food and around the containers to keep these things away from your pantry.
From flypaper to flytraps, there are simple no-chemical ways to get rid of pesky flies. Maybe a bag of water might even keep them from ever coming into your house!
9 Sstink bugs
You know it when you back one of these odiferous insects into a corner. Fortunately, a little dish soap might be a simple solution to get rid of stink bugs.
These irritating bugs go where the moisture is, so get rid of temptations like rotting bananas and soft potatoes. If that doesn't do it, some solutions for removing gnats naturally include dish soap, vinegar and lots of hand clapping.
If these bloodsuckers managed to infest your dog or cat and have taken up residence in your carpet and upholstery, don't grab a flea bomb. First, go get your vacuum cleaner. Then consider boric acid, diatomaceous earth or flea traps to get rid of fleas naturally in your house.
12 Fruit flies
These annoying tiny pests love your leftover fruits and veggies. If you don't want to share, try setting a delicious trap for the fruit flies. (It's also smart, of course, to get rid of the tempting treats that lured them in.) The artificial sweetener in Truvia could also be a safe pesticide, according to a new study. The study was limited to fruit flies, but researchers say erythritol shows promise to wipe out other insects too.
A solution of garlic juice used as spray repels the mosquitoes up-to 6 hours. Add one part of garlic juice and five parts of water to make the mixture and spray it over your body. It is non-toxic and very effective.
14 Bed bugs
- Apply some kerosene oil on your bed, on the corners and in the spaces between the joints to kill bed bugs. Fill the cracks and corners of the bed where the bed bugs flourish mostly.
- Air Bedding- It is a very old tradition to restrict the growth of bed bugs. Take out your bed bugs in the sunlight for about 4-5 hours. Bed bugs will come out of their shelters due to heat and eventually die.
- Use of non-toxic pool-grade diatomaceous earth is one of the best preventive measures against bed bugs. Apply it in the vicinity of the bed bug activity.
- You can wash your bed with hot water to kill bed bugs.
- Hang empty egg shells in the corners of your home. The pungent smell of eggshells keeps away lizards.
- Onion slices can also act as a great remedy to keep away lizards and control their movement. The smell of onion slices due to its active compound and sulfur content acts as a deterrent against the movement of lizards. Put some slices of onion at lizards hiding places and see the results.
- Peacock feather can also be used against lizards. It may be surprising for many of you as peacock feathers keep away lizards. Its true friends, peacock eats lizards and so they afraid of the peacock. Peacock feathers can be used as decorative measures in your house and also a remedy to keep away lizards from your house.