Whether it’s due to the fact that you have small holes or cracks along your windowsills and doors or because the seasons are changing and pests are looking for a way to get some protection from extreme heat or cold, there are going to be times when you’ll see ants or flies (or something else) inside of your house. And while you could use some commercial brand of pest control, oftentimes their fumes are so strong that they ultimately end up affecting the air quality inside of your home.
The good news is that there are alternative pest control options. If you’re interested in knowing about some of the natural and effective garden pest control things that you can try, here’s a list of ways to deal with several different pests that may be around your place.
For ants: When it comes to getting rid of the trail of ants that may be crawling alongside one of your doors, there are a few different things that you can do. Being that ants tend to have a natural aversion to cucumber, you can put a few slices by your door. Something else that they are not very fond of is mint. So putting some tea bags close to where they are will send them scurrying off, too. Another tip is pouring a bit of cornmeal in their path. When they eat it, they swell up and as a direct result, end up expiring.
For mosquitos: Something that mosquitos are drawn to is water. So, if you happen to have any standing water close to an entry of your home or inside of your house itself, make sure that you get rid of it. Outside, you can put some dirt over the puddle. Inside, simply mop it up. If you have a lot of moisture in your house, something else that you might want to do is invest in a dehumidifier. Also, a natural repellant for mosquitos is garlic. So, with an empty spray bottle, put one-part garlic juice with one-part water and spray the area where the mosquitos are moving about. They will get out of your path quickly if you do.
For flies: Is there anything more annoying than a fly? Luckily, there is some things that you can do for them as well. One option is to put some eucalyptus oil on a piece of cheesecloth and place it in areas where flies are. That naturally repels them. Another option is to plant some sweet basil next to your doors and windows. Flies are known to stay very far away from sweet basil.
For spiders: There’s no doubt about it. Spiders are creepy. You can prevent them from crawling all over your home by putting a few drops of peppermint oil inside along with a squirt or two of dishwashing liquid into a spray bottle to spray directly at them. Or, you can make a solution of coconut oil and white vinegar and do the exact same thing.
For roaches: As it specifically relates to beetle control inside of your house, one product that you can use is Powderpost Beetle Control Treatments and Spray. However, what do you do if you have roaches inside of your home? One thing that you can do is mix one-part baking soda with one-part sugar and place it in areas where you see roaches. The sugar will attract them and the acid in the baking soda will ultimately kill them. One more clever trick is to put some petroleum oil on the inner rim of a jar along with a couple of banana or apple peelings. The smell of the peelings will lure them to the jar while the petroleum jelly will make it hard for them to escape once they enter in. For other ways to naturally remove garden pests, go to your favorite search engine and put “remove pests naturally” in the search field.