4 Ways To Get Rid Of Household Pests
The one great thing about winter is that bugs go into hiding. But as soon as the cold weather breaks, the critters come out to play. Sometimes their playground is inside the house, but there are ways to keep them away from your kitchen supplies and stop them from disrupting free time without resorting to harsh chemicals. Here are 4 tricks to getting rid of household pests.
If you have spiders, it's probably an indication of a bigger problem. Spiders go where there is food, and for spiders, bugs are food. In this case, you may want to keep your spiders around to help you get rid of the other bugs that are attracting the spiders. However, if they're popping up in your bedding or other undesirable spots, there are a few things you can do to chase spiders away. Vinegar and peppermint are great natural spider repellents.
Make a spray by combining these:
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp peppermint oil
Spray this or use it to wipe down areas where spiders are. They'll get a whiff of it and find a new home in the opposite direction. This also makes a great natural cleaning solution, so while you're getting rid of spiders you're also adding a little shine to your home.
Cockroaches can survive just about anything, so getting rid of them can be tough. Boric acid is a fairly weak compound that is safe for humans, (medically, it's used as an antiseptic for burns and cuts, as well as sinus and other infections) but is deadly for cockroaches and other insects. You can sprinkle it in areas where roaches tend to congregate and at entry points around your home. You can also mix it with bait, like sugar, to make sure the cockroaches are getting into the boric acid. Boric acid kills roaches and prevents new ones from setting up camp in your home.
If you have an ant problem, you have headache that needs a strong medicine. There are several spices and scents that ants don't like, including cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, and bay leaves. They work if you put the spices in spots where ants enter your home, but ants tend to just move around the scents. What they can't get around are essential oil sprays like clove, peppermint, and tea tree oil. Mix about 1/2 teaspoon of any of these with 1 cup equal parts rubbing alcohol and water, shake it up, and spray, and the ants will go away.
It's easy to attract fruit flies. Thankfully, they also are easy to get rid of! Unlike other insects, they're attracted to apple cider vinegar. Fill a few small bowls with the vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. Cover them with plastic wrap and poke a few small holes in it (the fruit flies can get in through the holes, but they can't get out). Place the bowls in different spots around the kitchen and watch your fruit fly problem disappear.