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How to Get Rid of Pests Yourself

Get rid of pests yourself! Natural, home remedy, DIY, organic, pest control that will save you money.

It’s that time of year again. Warmer weather in spring and summer bring out the roaches, ants, mosquitos, termites, spiders and many other pests that desperately want to live inside your nice, comfortable home. The quick and easy solution is to call the exterminator, and while that may be your best solution, you’re not the only one calling. Exterminators become very busy this time of year and may not be able to service your home for weeks, plus they costs money.

In the meantime, try these all natural money saving tips and hacks to get rid of pests yourself.

Ants

1. Ants hate lavender. Create a scent barrier to keep them out.

2. As much as you may love coffee, it’s lethal to ants. Spread recycled coffee grounds in the area you think they are coming from

3. Usually ants won’t cross a chalk line, so gets your kids outside and start drawing!

Roaches

1. Boric acid destroys a roach’s outer shell which eventually dehydrates it causing them to die. Be careful though, boric acid is a poison and not good to have around if you have pets or small children.

2. Geckos. Somewhat of a last resort, but release a few geckos around your house and they will eventually get rid of the problem. Not a fast solution but mildly entertaining.

Termites

1. Nematodes are probably your best bet if you aren’t calling on a pest control company. Nematodes are a small worm that are natural parasites to garden pests including termites. The nematodes use the termite larvae as hosts, eventually reducing the termite population in your home.

2. Boric acid. Once again the powerful poison comes to the rescue!

Spiders

1. Use a vinegar and water mixture and spray or coat cracks, windows or other openings where spiders come from. The vinegar mixture is safe to humans but repels most spiders.

2. Peppermint oil. Find your local essential oils peddler and get some peppermint oil. Similar to the vinegar and water mixture, peppermint is also a natural repellant for spiders.

Mosquitos

1. Citronella is probably to most well-known natural mosquito repellent. Citronella plants in your garden or in planters around your home, patio, or other areas you and your family tend to hang out will keep them at bay. You can also find citronella candles at your local hardware store.

2. Catnip plants and/or catnip oil has been known to be 10 times more effective than the chemical Deet.

3. Essential oils. These natural oils are becoming more widespread known for the healing and daily uses. Oils like, lemon eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, and tea tree all are natural mosquito repellants.

Do you have any other tips or hacks for DIY pest control? Tell us!

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