Let’s be honest, sometimes the most unsavory pests can get into the home. Not everyone is very keen on using chemicals or sprays to keep out these little nasties. What other options do people have then to resort to such solutions? Well thankfully, the answer is much simpler. There are a few all-natural ways to get rid of some of the most common pests and even keep them out without having to fork out cash for an exterminator. The best part these solutions use normal, everyday household items to get rid of the pests too.
Use Peppermint Extract to Drive Away Mice & Spiders
Peppermint extract is the first solution on this list since it leaves the house smelling nice while also keeping out pests. Mice don’t like the smell of peppermint since to them it smells toxic, so they stay away from it for the most part. The best way to utilize the smell of peppermint is to put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it where mice
may be coming into a home. Every other week simply ‘renew’ the scent on the cotton ball by adding a few more drops of peppermint to it until the mice leave.
When it comes to driving out spiders, add a few drops of peppermint to the problem areas. The smell of the peppermint will encourage spiders not to build their web and force them to seek other areas. Keep a lookout for any new areas where spiders may be building their webs in case you need to crack out the peppermint extract again.
Get Rid of a Flea Infestation with Oil, Water, a Cake Pan, and Light
Fun fact about fleas: They jump at white light. Getting rid of fleas in the home or when your pets have them can be a challenge. Using this small bit of knowledge, you can make your own cheap flea trap right at home. You’re just going to need a cake pan that’s about one inch or more deep, water, vegetable oil, and a white light you can leave on
overnight. (You can use a cheap book light or night light for this flea trap.)
Just add water to the cake pan to fill it up about halfway. Next, you want to pour in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil. Once that’s done simply place the pan beneath your chosen white light and leave it alone for a few days. (Preferably at night or in a dark place so the fleas see the light better.)
The reason for the oil is so that when the fleas jump at the white light they land in pan of water. The oil prevents them from getting out and effectively drowns the fleas in the pan. Just pour out the contents of the pan outside when it gets full, refill, and then place it back to catch more fleas.
These all natural solutions will keep pests out of your home so you can enjoy a bug, arachnid, and mouse free environment.