21 Natural Remedies to Keep Your Home Pest-Free Without Using Toxic Chemicals
Aside from the bad smell and some side effects that the typical insect repellents have, there are even better ideas for getting rid of the annoying insects around the house.
Here are some excellent tips for how to use natural ways to repel insects.
If garlic is your favorite food, make sure you eat more if you are going somewhere by the lake. Your body secretes the garlic, so bugs, especially mosquitos will avoid you. If you don’t like eating it, try coating your exposed skin to get the same results.
If your garden is swarmed with bugs, try planting onion plants. Moreover, it can even be used as a defense system that can protect other plants in the garden. Another tip for using onion is to cut it in pieces and put it in the bottle of water with which you spray your plants.
Sprinkle cinnamon in line where the bugs try to enter the house. This will help drive them away. Plus, you can even put cinnamon in the sandboxes for children. They will not even try to enter.
4. Sugar and Baking Soda
It is a fact that bugs, especially draws cockroaches to your home. Therefore, if you combine sugar and baking soda, you can use it as an excellent bug repellent. The way this repellent works is quite scary.
It kills the cockroaches from the inside by running their digestive system and slowly killing them.
The plant that is very popular for torches, lanterns, and candles is citronella. Furthermore, it is the strongest bug repellent out there. You can use the oil from this plant to directly apply it to your skin to protect yourself from bugs.
Besides, you can plant it in your garden and always have it at your disposal. So, don’t forget to try it out, you may love it!
Maybe there are plenty of moths that chew your favorite clothes in the wardrobe if so, try putting cedar where these bugs mostly gather. Cedar shavings and blocks are the best choices for this situation since moths are naturally avoiding them.
7. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
According to research, this oil has the same effect as the normal mosquito repellents. Not only that, but it can prevent deer bites as well.
Ants are naturally avoiding chalk, if there is a chalk line drawn on the floor, they will never try to cross it. It may sound crazy but, it seems to be real. So, if you want to make sure, try drawing chalk lines where their hive is.
9. Soybean Oil
Even though, soybean oil is popular for cooking it also has another attribute. This oil is a perfect repellent. Moreover, according to researchers, this plant made repellent is the best natural insect repellent.
They claim that soybean oil can keep mosquitoes away for 94.6 minutes. Amazing isn’t it!
10. Get Rid of Stagnant Water
In every garden we tend to have stagnant water, whether it is in our fountain or a kiddie pool, mosquitos love it. Therefore, you are inviting them to your home unintentionally. Try to get rid of any stagnant water that might be in some of your containers as well.
11. Cucumber Slices
If there are a lot of ants swarming your kitchen, sliced up cucumbers are the best solution. They tend to avoid it as much as they can. However, it may not be a good idea if you have a lot of roaches as well. Anyway, don’t leave it for too long, or it will rot and smell bad.
12. Keep Your House Clean
This is obviously the smartest solution. Try vacuuming the floor on a daily basis, so there will be no bread crumbs on the floor.
Surely bread crumbs lure insects to your home whether you like it or not. Moreover, you should try soaping the water as well, even if ants and roaches hate it, mosquitoes don’t.
13. Citrus Peels
Not only are these peels great for keeping pests away, but they are also a great natural solution for polishing furniture. Try rubbing them on the bookshelves and around the windows where the insects thrive.
On top of that, it smells great. Moreover, the smell is even great for boosting energy and alertness.
14. Wear Light Clothes
It may sound crazy but mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing, so it may be a good idea to wear some lighter clothes when you are relaxing by the lake to keep bugs away.
15. White Vinegar
You may have heard what benefits white vinegar has for cleaning around the house, but you can also use it to keep ants away. Firstly, test how the solution will affect your colored fabric.
If there are no problems, put it in a spray bottle and lightly use some of the liquid where ants mostly gather.
16. Use Unscented Toiletries
Insects love the scented shampoos, especially the fruity ones. So, you will be a tasty target for bugs. Therefore, try using unscented body products; they might prove useful in the long run.
Unlike the scented toiletries that lure bugs, the scented herbs will keep these pests away. Such herbs are lemongrass, garlic, catnip, citronella, basil, mint and bay leaves. Not only do they smell great, but they will also liven up your home.
Moreover, they are a perfect decoration item for every room. If you don’t like to keep them inside why not plant them around the back or front doors of your house.
18. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is a great insect repellent. Firstly, you should mix it with water, and after that, you could add one of the following plants: lavender, mint or lemongrass extract. Plus, you can use it as an air freshener around the house. So, you have nothing to lose, try it out!
19. Baby Powder
Baby powder may not be a natural repellent, but it is far better than DEET. Some people say that if you use the powder around the areas where bees and wasps are common, it will surely drive them away.
20. Dryer Sheets
You may have heard it before and think it is a superstition, but putting a dryer sheet in your pocket while gardening, hiking or camping can keep insects away. So, it is easier than spraying your body with a repellent.
On top of that, it is less time consuming, and it smells amazing.
When our body sweats or experiences tension it releases pheromones and hormones, therefore, bugs are attracted to us. So, try staying inside the house when the temperatures are too high outside.