By Kerry Brooks:
Don’t you just want to give annoying and disgusting pests an axe kick every time you see them? While using a chemical pesticide might cut the mustard, the chemicals in it are hazardous to people, pets, plants and your furry companions.
But don’t fret. It’s not the only solution that can kill unwanted household pests. You can even make natural pesticides yourself! Here are six simple homemade pesticides which are not only effective but are also chemical-free.
Akin to oil spray, creating your soap spray to kill whiteflies, beetles, aphids, mites and other little insects is just as effective. Just mix 1½ teaspoons of soap (castile soap) with a quart of water, then spray directly onto the affected areas or plants.
You’ll be surprised at how strong vinegar is for killing ants. Yup, ants hate it. Mix half and half of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. You can spray it directly into every corner that ants frequent or onto the legs of your dining table. You might have to reapply when its effectiveness wears off.
- Peppermint Oil
Aside from making your home smell of delicious peppermint, peppermint oil is also an effective way to get rid of fleas, lice, mice, moths, beetles, aphids — even spiders. You can use peppermint oil in different ways, too. You can apply at least five drops of peppermint oil to cotton balls, then put them in areas where pests are or where their points of entry are. You may also apply the oil directly onto problem areas, or dilute it with water and use a spray bottle.
- Cayenne Pepper
You know how some pests or insects are lured by sweet-tasting and sweet-smelling leftover food, right? Well, cayenne pepper does a pretty bang-up job of fooling those pests by covering the sweet smell. Try sprinkling the pungent red chili powder onto low-traffic areas where you think pests can be attracted. It might be a bit messy, but it’s worth it!
Oranges aren’t only a nutritious snack; the citrus in oranges can get rid of soft-bodied bugs like gnats, mealy bugs, even slugs. You can also spray the mixture directly onto ants and cockroaches, and it’ll work like a charm. Boil the peels and let it sit for 24 hours. Then strain it and put a few drops of castile soap into the mixture.
If tobacco is hazardous to humans, it is to pests as well! Mix a cup of tobacco with a gallon of water, and let it settle overnight. Spray the mixture directly onto the pests.
When dealing with pests, you no longer need to shell out a dime to buy dangerous chemical pesticides. These organic and natural pesticides will do the job safely, effectively and cheaply.
Kerry Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to expound on home designs, home improvement and home renovation ideas. She currently is working for CayceBugs, one of the leading companies that provide commercial and home pest control services.