Mosquitos, ants, roaches- pests like these can be an absolute nuisance. Even more dangerous than these pesky insects is chemically-based insect repellent. Some of these insecticides have caused health issues as a result of neurotoxicity, creating memory loss and hindering motor skills.
The best way to combat a natural problem is a natural solution. Here are some methods to keep the pests away while protecting your body from dangerous chemicals.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Did you know that you can trap fruit flies using just apple cider vinegar? Fill a cup or container halfway with the vinegar and cover the open top with saran wrap. Poke small holes in the saran wrap with a toothpick. This all-natural trap will give the fruit flies enough space to enter the cup but not enough to escape.
It’s important to protect yourself against mosquito bites as often as possible. Citronella plants are a natural, effective repellent that can help prevent these disease-carrying insects from coming anywhere near your home. You can combine citronella oil with water to make a mosquito spray or even burn some citronella candles to keep them out of your room or backyard.
Peppermint acts as an irritant to a wide variety of insects, so you can use it as an all-purpose bug repellent. Fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of peppermint oil to create a pleasant-smelling spray that is safe to use on most surfaces as well as the skin.
There’s nothing more disgusting than seeing fly traps that are filled with dead bugs or having to swat at flies that always seem to escape at the last second. There’s a natural remedy to a fly infestation that’s much more hygienic and refreshing. Spraying diluted eucalyptus oil keeps these pests away so that you don’t have to worry about cleaning up a pile of dead flies in your home.
Ants hate cayenne pepper! Sprinkle a little bit of this inexpensive spice on any surface infested by these obnoxious critters. The cayenne will irritate the ants and prevent them from coming back to that spot. If you don’t have cayenne pepper or you’re afraid of causing a stain, you can also use black pepper as a substitute.
Do you seem to have roaches coming out of cracks and crevices you didn’t even know existed? Cockroaches hate coffee grounds, so next time you brew a cup of joe, be sure to store the remaining grounds away for later use. You can sprinkle them across the entrances that the roaches like to use to get inside your home.