Insects and other such pests can cause you no end of trouble. Whether they are in your home, in your garden or even in your food, these critters can cost you time and money. Often, the frustration can be so much that you seek professional pest control as a last resort. What many people don’t realise, however, is that there are a few solutions at your fingertips already.
Homemade pest control remedies are natural and effective ways to manage small infestations of ants, flies and other insects. Before resorting to professional pest control services, it is worth giving these remedies a try.
Borax and Sugar for Ants
Borax with sugar is a popular and effective ant trap that you can use around the home. Borax – or sodium borate – is a white crystalline substance that you can buy for domestic use. It is popular in cleaning products for its deodorant and stain removing properties. However, you can utilise it for a completely different reason.
Mixing a few teaspoons of borax and a few tablespoons of sugar in some warm water creates a solution that is toxic to ants. The sugar within the solution attracts the ants, and the borax kills them. The activity surrounding the solution attracts a steady stream of ants, which means that one trap can have a tangible effect.
Clove Oil and Lavender for Dust Mites
Dust mites are a nightmare for anyone with allergies and they can seem almost impossible to manage without harsh chemicals. Fortunately, there is a cheap, fragrant and completely harmless solution: essential oils. Specifically, clove oil and lavender oil, mixed with some water, is a great way to manage dust mites and mould around your home. You can mix the solution in a spray bottle and coat affected areas with a fine mist, or you can dampen a rag with the three components and wipe away the problem. This is not only harmless to people, but it also smells great.
Chilli Solutions as an Insecticide
If you are struggling to rid your veggie garden of damaging insects, then this remedy is perfect for you. Simply combine roughly a litre of water with a generous handful of chopped chillies. If you do not have fresh chillies, then you can use chilli powder, chilli flakes or even cayenne pepper. Bring the water and chillis to the boil and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. Once this has cooled, you can pour the mixture into a spray bottle and finely coat your plants. This is generally enough to repel insects, without damaging or poisoning your plants.
Coffee Grounds as an Ant Repellent
Although it seems like a remarkably simple solution, coffee grounds alone are a known insect repellent. You can sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the gardens around your home, and they will create a natural barrier against many insects. In the same way that chemical barriers are used against certain pests, a barrier of ground coffee will reduce the number of crawling insects in and around your home. The best part is that you don’t even need to buy anything new. Simply discard your used coffee grounds outside instead of in the bin, after your morning coffee.
Vinegar for Fruit Flies
This simple trap works by luring fruit flies into a container from which they cannot escape. To make one, you will need a disposable plastic water bottle, diced fruit and apple cider vinegar. Begin by cutting the bottle in half, so that you are left with the base. Fill the base with the vinegar and fruit pieces, before turning the top half of the bottle upside down and placing it on the bottom half. This will create a funnel shape into the fruit and vinegar solution. When the fruit flies enter, they will find it difficult to escape. Alternatively, you can use a bottle with a shaker or narrow spout.
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