Natural Pest Control

I would love to say that I know a deterrent for every pest and there was no need to kill any of them, however I don’t, and some of them are harmful to people or animals if left untreated; so I have included these options for those who may need a more severe option as a last resort.

ANTS

Deter
– Plant mint around the foundation of the home to deter ants.
-Leave a night light on for a few nights in the area of most ant activity, the change in light can disrupt and discourage their foraging patterns.
– Wipe cabinets with a damp sponge and 6 to 8 drops peppermint or citronella essential oil. Then place 3 to 5 drops of the same oil on windowsills, doorway cracks and in the corners of cabinets under the kitchen sink.
– Set one or more of the following things where ants congregate or at the point of entry:

  • cucumber peels
  • dry crushed mint
  • mint tea bags
  • cloves
  • lemon juice
  • cayenne pepper
  • cinnamon
  • citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string)
  • coffee grounds
  • garlic
  • cut a lime in half and spike cloves into the cut surface

– Fill a spray bottle with 1.5 ounces distilled water plus 1.5 ounces high proof alcohol (or 3 ounces distilled water). Add 15 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of citronella essential oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oils. Shake the bottle before each use.

Destroy
– Soak cotton balls in a mixture of washing soda and sugar, place in a container with holes. Avoid this method if you have children or pets.
-Mix up a spray of 1 tsp liquid castile, 1 tsp oil, 1 quart water.

BED BUGS

Destroy
-Apply food grade diatomaceous earth in the vicinity of bed bug activity

COCKROACHES

Deter
– Set one or more of the following things where cockroaches congregate or at the point of entry:

  • catnip (in areas where cats can’t get to it)
  • bay leaves
  • cucumber slices
  • garlic

Destroy
– Sprinkle a mixture of washing soda and sugar in dark areas where roaches like to hide, but avoid this method if you have children or pets.
– sprinkle diatomaceous earth in areas where cockroaches congregate, you may see more roaches as they will seek water after contact, takes 48 hours after contact to work

EARWIGS

Deter
– Place several drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas that collect moisture such as basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.

Trap
– 
To trap earwigs, spray a newspaper lightly with water, roll it up loosely and secure with a string or rubber band. Place on the ground near earwig activity. The next morning pick up and discard the paper in a sealed container.

Destroy
– Another method to trap earwigs is to take a shallow, straight-sided container and fill it half full with vegetable oil. Clean the trap daily; the oil can be re-used.
-One application of Diatomaceous earth in key spots (bathroom, baseboards, window frames) can be a long-term repellent.

FLEAS

Deter
– Plant Fleabane, Fennel, or Pennyroyal around the foundation of the home to deter fleas
-Place fennel around the house and near pet sleeping areas.
– Use cedar shampoo, cedar oil, and cedar-filled sleeping mats. Cedar repels many insects including fleas.

Destroy
-sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth around the house, especially in areas flea’s larva may lie dormant. You can also rub diatomaceous earth into the fur of your cat or dog.
– Add brewer’s yeast and garlic, or apple cider vinegar, to your pets’ food. However, it is not advisable to use raw garlic as a food supplement for cats.

– Pour a cup of boiling water over a sliced lemon. Include the lemon skin, scored to release more citrus oil. Let this mixture soak overnight, and sponge on your dog to kill fleas instantly. Do not use citrus oil on cats.
– Trap fleas in your home using a wide, shallow pan half-filled with soapy water. Place it on the floor and shine a lamp over the water. Fleas will jump to the heat of the lamp and land in the water. The detergent breaks the surface tension, preventing the flea from bouncing out.

FLIES

Deter
– Set one or more of the following things where flies congregate or at the point of entry:

  • crushed mint, bay leaves, basil, lavender, rosemary, sweet woodruff, tansy, cloves, eucalyptus wrapped in cheesecloth hung in windows
  • A few drops of eucalyptus oil on a scrap of absorbent cloth
  • Sweet basil near food and pet food
  • Cut a lime in half and spike cloves into the cut surface
  • A few drops of essential oil on a scrap of absorbent cloth. These essential oils all have insect deterrent properties:
    • Idaho Tansy
    • Peppermint
    • Lemongrass
    • Lemon
    • Cedarwood
    • Thyme
    • Lavender
    • Tea Tree
    • Geranium
    • Rosemary
    • Eucalyptus
    • Clove

MICE

Deter
– Place sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your cabinets
– Make a solution of 2 cups water and 3 teaspoons of peppermint essential oil and spray it wherever you find mouse droppings.

MITES AND WEEVILS:

Deter
– Place a few whole nutmegs in flour containers.

MOSQUITOS

Deter
Planting marigolds around your yard works as a natural bug repellent because the flowers give off a fragrance bugs and flying insects do not like
– Plant Thai lemongrass, a natural and effective mosquito repellent. It contains the natural oil, citronella, which is safe and effective. Lemongrass citronella is considered more effective than true citronella as an insect repellent.
– For small areas such as decks or patios, citronella candles can be effective when placed low to the floor of the deck and in areas where there is little breeze.
– Cut a lime in half and spike cloves into the cut surface
-An effective natural bug repellent, mix one part garlic juice with 5 parts water in a small spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray lightly on exposed body parts for an effective repellent lasting up to 5 – 6 hours. Strips of cotton cloth can also be dipped in this mixture and hung in areas, such as patios, as a localized deterrent.
-A nicer smelling spray can be made by mixing essential oils with witch hazel. Besides Thai lemongrass, you can also try Tea Tree, Lavender, and/or Eucalyptus.

MOTHS

Deter
– Cedar chips in a cheesecloth 
square, or cedar oil in an absorbant cloth will repel moths. The cedar should be ‘aromatic cedar’, also referred to as juniper in some areas.
-Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made using any of the following:

  • bay leaves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • dried lemon peel
  • eucalyptus leaves
  • lavender
  • pepper corns
  • wormwood

SILVERFISH

Deter
– Place several drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas that collect moisture such as basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.

Trap
Silverfish can be easily trapped in small glass containers. Wrap the outside with tape so they can climb up and fall in. They will be trapped inside because they cannot climb smooth surfaces

SPIDERS

Deter
-Take one cup of vinegar, one cup of pepper, a teaspoon of oil and liquid soap. Mix in a spray bottle and spray outside edges of doors and windows.

OTHER INSECTS

Deter
– Place loose bay leaves in kitchen cabinets.


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