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7 Ways to Avoid Pests at Home

Ward off insects using these natural techniques


Let’s admit it, we hate having unwanted pests at home. Spraying toxic chemicals to get rid of bugs maybe a good option but it can be a threat to our health because of its harmful toxins. Good news: you can use natural techniques to repel pests. Let these ideas guide you.

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Keep your food safe from pests.

Do not leave food and beverage containers open, as bugs get attracted to the scent. Make sure everything is sealed tightly. Fruits look pretty on your kitchen counter or tabletop, but they also attract flies, ants and other insects so as much as possible avoid displaying or leaving them out in the open. You may store fruits in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Cucumbers come in handy.

Pesky roaches do not like the smell of cucumbers! Slice fresh cucumbers, or even just their skins, and put them on plates throughout your house. Change them every other day. Other natural cockroach repellants are garlic powder, bay leaves, and pandan leaves.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Sprinkle powder.

Even though they are so tiny, ants can cause big problems at home. A sprinkling of the following: cayenne or black pepper, cinnamon, baby powder or scented talc powder along the ants’ paths of entry into your home will keep them away.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Use petroleum jelly.

Keep ants from climbing onto the dining table by applying petroleum jelly onto your dining table’s legs.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

Create a citrus repellant.

Don’t throw away your orange’s peelings just yet as you can use it as an effective insect repellant. Soak the rinds of citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit) in water for several days. Discard rinds and strain into a clean spray bottle. Make small batches to keep it fresh.

RL Tip: The scent of mint, thyme, rosemary and lavender are also offensive to houseflies. Use a few drops of their essential oils in your homemade repellant, light a scented candle, or display the actual plant.

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Utilize plants

Choose between lemon grass or rosemary to defer mosquitoes. Lemon grass contains the same citronella oil used in mosquito repellant candles. Rosemary has oils that can repel mosquitoes. If you don’t have an actual garden, you can grow rosemary indoors, in small containers along a windowsill.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez.

Create a natural fly trap.

Pour cider vinegar into empty jars. Create a paper cone and place it on the mouth of the jar. Flies will be able to crawl in but not make it out. 

RL Tip: While keeping your home clean, continue to check the traps and baits. Once you have killed the ones inside the house and sealed off all the holes, you should not be seeing or hearing any more of these unwanted settlers.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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