We all want to keep our houses pest-free, but the chemical pesticides found in stores are extremely toxic and harmful to use anywhere near your home, family, and pets. If these chemicals are able to kill insects, then they certainly cannot be beneficial to us and it is better to use something natural and safe when possible.
ViralScrach wants to show you these simple, easy, safe, and effective tricks to get rid of household bugs.
Not only are cockroaches disgusting things to see in your home, but they can also carry very harmful diseases. There are many products that you can get in the store but they are usually very toxic. This trick is cheap, very safe, and most importantly it works.
Chop one onion and add a teaspoon of baking soda, and put this mixture in the corners of your home. Reapply it daily and your home should be roach-free.
Ticks can be very different in size and color. It is very important to protect yourself, your family and pets from these little bad guys, as they can be very harmful, and sometimes deadly. If you are not very keen on applying chemical pesticides to your skin or dog’s fur, try these natural and safe mixes.
♦ 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.
5. Garden pests
Aphids, spider mites, and other garden pests can do great damage to your garden and will ruin all your efforts in the blink of an eye. Sure, there are many pesticides available but their use can render 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 have not caught venomous spiders in your area, you will likely still be grateful to know that they cannot come home. They can get to absolutely anywhere and even the smallest of them are actually there.
This natural repellent won’t kill the spiders but it will keep them away because they don’t like strong smells. Add 4-8 drops of peppermint oil into a mix of 150 ml of water and A quarter of a small spoon 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, popping up from anywhere, and often sneaking into places in your kitchen or pantry. If ants make their way into your kitchen, there is a way to make them less attractive to them.
Apparently, ants absolutely hate the smell of cinnamon. Apply cinnamon powder to the areas you think ants get in.
You can add essential oil to cinnamon powder to give it more effectiveness. As a side effect, you will get a very pleasant earthy scent in your home.
2. Dust mites
These things are so small that we cannot even see them with the naked eye, but unfortunately, this does not mean that they are not around. They live in household dust, prefer warmer places and their favorite food is skin chips. So guess where they want to be? That’s right, on your bed!
Although Dust mites do not bite, many specialists believe that it can cause allergies and skin irritation. Even if you are not allergic to them, you likely prefer not to share your home with these tiny insects.
Mix 6 teaspoons of eucalyptus oil with 1.5 teaspoons of liquid laundry detergent in 1 bucket of water and soak the washable items — then wash it as normal.
For anything that is not washable, just spray it 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 pie batter. You definitely don’t want chemical pesticides anywhere near your food but this trick could 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.