Homemade Pest Remedies

Unwanted pests and critters can put a damper on the happiness of your home and garden. The little creatures are both annoying and destructive. You have to do as much as you can to keep the unwanted guests from your home, failure to which could lead to money losses on repairs and replacement of the damaged property. Fortunately, you can keep the creatures away by using your household items to make homemade remedies. You can achieve this by the use of;


Vinegar is known for being an excellent cleaning agent but what most do not know is that it can be used for deterring different types of pest. For example, ants hate the smell of vinegar and this way you can use it to wipe out the trails they leave in your home to navigate. Also, you can create a trap using vinegar and apple cider mixed with dish soap. The smell of vinegar draws insects towards the mixture, and once they touch it, they are unable to escape.


This product is a cockroach deterrent. Make a catnip concoction by simmering it in water and then you can spray it in areas where you discover cockroaches. However, the method is effective but not recommended for homes with cats.

Essential oils

These include eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint which help to keep bed bugs and dust mites away. All you require to do is mix the essential oils with water and then sprinkle it on carpets, rugs, and bedding.

Vacuum cleaner

If you discover lady bugs invasion in your home, the simplest way to get rid of them is by the use of a vacuum cleaner which you can then release them back if you want to. Vacuuming the entire surface leaves no chance for the bugs, and the method is easy yet effective.

Garlic-mint insect spray

If you want an outdoor pest control, try using a mixture of garlic-mint spray. Take mint leaves and blend them with garlic cloves using a food processor. Add some cayenne pepper and dish washing soap and then boil the concoction overnight. Put it in a spray bottle and spray on your greens to keep them healthy and pest free.

Coffee grounds

Pests do not love coffee as you do. Coffee grounds are dangerous especially with ants. Get rid of them by using recycled coffee grounds around your home and areas you may think the ants are coming from.

Hot pepper spray

For an effective pest control in the garden, mix three tablespoons of hot pepper or ten peppers chopped finely with a gallon of water. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes and then let it sit for 24 hours before you strain it. Add some drops of dish washing liquid to make the solution to stick on your plants. You can then be assured that your plants are pests free.

Egg deer repellent

Make a solution of 20% fresh eggs and water in a blender and put them in a spray bottle. Sprinkle the mixture on the leaves of your plants and watch the pests drown in the concoction. Ensure to clean the tip of the spray bottle since eggs can clog the sprayer.

Use of salt

To kill fleas and their eggs, sprinkle salt on the ground and your carpet allowing it to sit for about 24 hours without vacuuming it up. The salt kills the fleas by dehydrating them.

You do not have to depend entirely on the commercial products to keep parasites at bay. You can improvise remedies using your household products. However, for thorough pest management, it is wise to get help from a pest control management professional to examine, identify and eliminate the pests for you.

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