Natural Pest Control Remedies For Your Home

These common household products make great insect-control solutions. Keep those pests away with these natural remedies.

1. Try using your leftover coffee grounds in spots around the outside of your home where you think pests are coming in. Many critters can't stand the smell of the grounds and will steer clear.

2. If those pesky fruit flies are invading your kitchen, grab a small bowl and pour in a little apple cider vinegar. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and punch a couple pencil-leadsized holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and they can get in but not out.

3. Seeing ants? Place small piles of cornmeal down. Ants will take it back to their colony to eat, but they can't digest it. It may take a few days for it to work, but if you have pets it's a good non-toxic solution.

4. Sweet basil wards off flies, making it one of the best patio plants. Just plant a pot of sweet basil and place in a sunny spot next to a frequently used door.

5. To keep spiders away, slice up some onions and toss them in a bowl of water. Place the bowl where spiders enter your home and they'll stay away. Spiders are also not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills.

6. Mosquitoes crashing your backyard bonfire? Throw some fresh rosemary or sage on the coals to keep mosquitoes away.

7. Peppermint oil naturally repels ants, spiders, and mosquitos. Mix about 12 drops of the oil with 8 ounces of water, shake, and spray around doors and windows.


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