Finding insects and bugs in your home can be a real pest. They are an annoyance and can add to a sense of uncleanliness in your home. In some cases, they can even ruin your food or clothes. But many common pesticides and bug-removal techniques these days rely on harsh, toxic chemicals that can irritate you, your family and your pets. Fortunately, there are a number of natural, non-toxic ways to rid your home of bugs. Below are just a few methods you can try out at home.
Prep Your Home:
The first and most important thing you can do you reduce the number of pests is to properly prepare your home. That includes sealing cracks, patching screens, repairing leaks, cleaning garbage cans and tightly sealing foods. All of these simple things will dramatically reduce the number of bugs you find in your home, making future pest control more manageable.
This product, which is readily available in many stores and online, is comprised of the ground-up shells of long dead microscopic sea creatures known as diatoms. This non-toxic white powder can be spread around your home wherever you find bugs and will quickly rid you of your pest problem. The powder actually dehydrates and damages many insects’ protective shells, killing them. And the powder is harmless to you and your family and can be easily cleaned up with a vacuum.
For insects that prey on your plants, you may want to try creating a garlic spray to help combat their invasion. Puree up to 15 cloves of garlic in about a pint of water, strain it and then transfer the liquid into a spray bottle. Coat the affected leaves every few days and the bugs should leave your plants alone.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar, a common grocery store product, can be easily turned into an effective fruit fly trap for your kitchen. With just a small amount of a apple cider vinegar in a jar and funnel made from plastic wrap, you can create a non-toxic countertop trap that will help keep flies from your food. The apple cider vinegar attracts the fruit flies while the plastic wrap funnel covering your jar will keep the bugs from escaping.
Vinegar, Soap & Water:
Another easy and natural way to keep bugs out of your kitchen is to use a combination of vinegar, soap and water to clean your surfaces. Soap and water can act as a natural lure and deadly insect trap while the vinegar works as a repellent. By thoroughly cleaning your counters and cabinets with these products, you can limit or possibly eliminate future bug infestations.
There are a number of natural repellents and treatments for every sort of pest that could wind up in your home. Some can be used universally while others may require more specific treatments. From fruit flies to ants to Indian meal moths, you may need to adjust your approach. Indian meal moth products and control spray may only work for that specific pest, so be sure to do your research first. To eliminate bugs and pests, you don’t have to use harsh, toxic chemicals. Try out some of the above remedies for a safer, non-toxic approach.