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Control Pests in Your Home – NATURALLY!

Spring is here – the rains are bringing the promised blooms of flowers all around, trees begin to show their sprouting leaf buds, and the bugs are slowly staking their claim around your house. Warmer weather means ants, bees, spiders, dust mites, mice, and more! Commercial insecticides and pesticides are toxic to us, our pets, our children, and our environment. But, how you do you protect your home?   We have all natural methods to keep those pests outside where they belong, all while protecting those you love most – your family and pets!

Essential Oils
Essential oils give us a natural, pleasant smelling alternative to toxic pesticides. Oils such as peppermint, cinnamon bark, lavender, lemongrass, citrus and more repel of all kinds. Have a mouse problem? Mix a 50/50 solution of water and alcohol with 20-30 drops of Peppermint oil. Spray the baseboards and entry ways throughout your home. If possible, locate where the mice are entry and stuff with cotton balls soaked in the peppermint solution. Peppermint oil is also great for deterring spiders – spray the solution on cobwebs and other spider-ridden areas.

Mosquitoes, fleas and ticks all have one thing in common – their hate of essential oils. Making a spray for you and your pets before walks or playing outside can keep you both bug-free! Try this bug repellant spray:

What You’ll Need:
Lemongrass essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Rosemary essential oil*
spray bottle
distilled water
alcohol, witch hazel, or vodka

How to:
Make a 50/50 solution of water and alcohol, witch hazel, or vodka in the spray bottle.
Add 10 drops of each oil to the bottle.
Shake very well before each application. Store in the refrigerator to keep for up to 2 months.

*Speaking of Rosemary, try burning a bundle of fresh rosemary over the grill before your BBQ to repel   mosquitoes quick and easy!

Herbs
Herbs

Remember the pot of herbs you’ve been dying to have handy right outside the door? To enjoy fresh cut herbs at every meal and have them at your disposal all the time. Sounds great, right? It gets better! Planting herbs such as sweet basil and placing near your doorways, entryways, or windowsills will repel flies and mosquitoes. Catnip is great to add to your garden to make a mosquito-free zone, too. Lemongrass and thyme are other herbs known to keep pesky bugs away from your home and garden!

Every Day Things
Items you have in your pantry right now can be used as an arsenal against these pests.

  • Make a fruit fly trap by filling a glass ¾ of the way full with white or cider vinegar. Add six to eight drops of dish soap and top with warm water. Place the glass where the fruit flies gather and watch it work!
  • Ants are known to avoid cucumber, cayenne pepper, coffee grounds and cinnamon. Place any of these where the ants come in to block their entry!
  • Vinegar repels ants as well! Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to spray down counter tops and other surfaces. Add drops of citrus oil to repel spiders, too! This solution destroys the trails ants leave to navigate through your home.

The best and most effective way to repel pests and insects is to eliminate what they are attracted to, such as food, crumbs, stagnant water, dog feces, garbage, etc. Maintaining a clean home and yard with these natural weapons in your holster gives you a first line defense for the coming months!