Below are 12 non-toxic ingredients that you can use to make natural pest control remedies for your homestead.
Using pantry staples doesn't just save you money on store-bought pest control products; it also ensures that the methods you use are chemical-free and safe for young children or pets.
Use apple cider to get rid of any fruit flies in your kitchen. Pour some apple cider vinegar (ACV) into a bowl, then add a drop of liquid dish soap. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap. Make tiny holes in the plastic. The apple cider vinegar will draw the fruit flies inside the bowl, but they can't escape the ACV trap.
Use basil to keep flies away from your home. If you have basil growing in a container, place a pot of the herb in a sunny location near an entranceway to deter flies.
Even spent coffee grounds can be repurposed as a natural pest repellant.
After you make a pot of coffee, don’t throw out the coffee grounds. Pests like ants hate the smell of coffee. If you see ants crawling in your kitchen, scatter some coffee grounds to keep them away. (Related: Securing your stockpile: How to keep your food supplies dry and pest-free.)
Pet owners should use cornmeal to get rid of ants instead of ant killers that may contain harmful chemicals. To get rid of ants using cornmeal, leave small piles of cornmeal where ants hang around. Ants will consume the cornmeal and try to take it back to their colony, but ants can't digest it. While this method takes a couple of days to work, it's worth the wait because it's effective.
Did you know that you can use onions to keep spiders out of your home? Slice up an onion and then place it in a bowl of clean water. Leave the onion mixture in spots where spiders hang out to keep them away.
Once a scout ant has detected food inside your home, you'll eventually find a trail of ants marching in to feast on your food. To get rid of all the ants, wash away the trail scout ants leave behind using white vinegar. Combine two cups of water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil. Spray the solution along the trail to get rid of any ants.
If you spot pests in your home garden, try other natural repellents like banana peels, cloves, eggs, or hot pepper spray.
If you love snacking on bananas, don't throw the peels away. You can use banana peels to get rid of aphids in your home garden. Place banana peels near the stem of your plants to help keep the aphids away. Banana peels can also help enrich garden soil.
If ladybugs are taking over your home garden, use cloves to get rid of them. Since ladybugs hate strong scents, you can use cloves as a natural pest repellent. Place cloves in small drawstring bags and leave them near a heavily infested area. Once the ladybugs are gone, remove the clove bags.
If deer are targeting your home garden, use eggs to keep them away. Use a ratio of 20 percent eggs and 80 percent water, then process the mixture in a blender. Store the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz it on your plants and tree leaves. This unusual remedy will help keep grazing deer out of your garden.
Hot peppers are too much to handle for some people, but they're the perfect secret ingredient for pests in your home garden. You can use chopped-up peppers or hot pepper flakes; cayenne works the best.
Use essential oils or herbs to keep pests out of other areas in your home, like bedrooms or your patio.
Use essential oils like lavender and peppermint to get rid of dust mites on mattresses.
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Essential oils like lavender and peppermint oil can also help get rid of spiders. Sprinkle some lavender or peppermint oil in spider-infested areas. Spiders hate the smell of these essential oils and using them will help eliminate any venomous or non-venomous spiders in nooks and crannies.
You can use herbs to get rid of mosquitoes, which can be annoying if you're enjoying a nice, quiet evening out on your patio. To keep your patio mosquito-free, throw a handful of fresh sage or basil directly onto an open fire.
The next time you find annoying pests around your home, skip the chemical-laden pest repellents and use safer, non-toxic alternatives like coffee grounds, basil, or hot peppers.
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