Home is the place where you unwind after a long day’s strife, nourishing physically and more so mentally for your next big day. All goes well until you open one of your cabinets and out comes an army of bugs, and you think to yourself how pest infestation is the last thing you want to deal with considering other terrors life may be throwing at you!
You, like most people, depend on the mosquito repellents, killing sprays, the many rodent-catch solutions that are widely available in the market. Although these solutions are pretty convenient, they’re only temporary. Not to forget that these solutions contain harmful aerosols and toxic ingredients, some of which are known to be carcinogenic. These chemicals can especially be harmful to little children, being that their organ development is underway and because they are more sensitive to their environment in general.
You can avoid these chemicals by opting for a more eco-friendly and natural remedy. Here are some of the remedies that will help you in having a pest-free home to come to:
Neem has been revered as a powerful plant for various reasons; one of them being that it’s the strongest natural pest repellent holding over 50 insecticides. To make a neem spray, add 15 ml of extra virgin neem oil and ½ teaspoon of mild organic liquid soap to 1.8 litres of warm water. Transfer it to a spray bottle and spray your home at least twice a day.
Mint is known to repel flies and ants. Make a sachet containing crushed mint leaves and place them in the affected areas. Spearmint and Peppermint do a wonderful job of repelling ants, aphids, beetles, caterpillars, lice, spiders, moths and fleas. Catnip, which belongs to the mint family, also successfully repels bugs thanks to its compound— nepetalactone.
Eucalyptus works great in repelling mosquitoes, roaches and bed bugs. You can crush some eucalyptus leaves and place them in an enclosed diffuser or opt for a candle containing the essential eucalyptus oil. To make a spray, mix 10 drops of oil to 1 cup of warm water and transfer the mixture to a spray bottle.
Citrus is a natural fly deterrent. Use 10 drops of citrus oil with 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper and mix it with 1 cup of warm water. This mixture is useful in warding off flies and fleas. You can even choose to put some citrus oil in a diffuser to keep your home smelling fresh and keeping flies away.
Marigolds are sun-loving plants that keep aphids and mosquitoes at bay. Petunias, on the other hand, drive away squash bugs and beetles. Lavender’s scent that ails insomnia and makes our laundry smell great is disgusting to flies, moths, and mosquitoes. You can consider planting these by your window panes or use their essential oils in a diffuser or in a spray.
Tips to consider in keeping your home pest free:
- In the kitchen— use air-tight containers to store your groceries, avoid stagnant water and keep your counter dry at all times.
- Check for gaps and creaks in your doors and close them. Opt for a bug screen door on your balcony.
- Avoid unwanted garbage, especially wet garbage in or around your home.
- Avoid keeping soiled utensils as the food residue attracts flies.
- Avoid stacking up dirty laundry for too long as mosquitoes are drawn to them.
- Have stagnant water around your home drained because they’re a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies.
- If your situation is out of hand, consider hiring a professional pest control service.
It’s true that natural remedies may not be as powerful as instant killing sprays that are packed with chemicals. However, they do a great job at preventing pests from invading your home, and they’re sure to keep it smelling pleasant throughout. Two birds one stone, am I right!