Green Ways to Cope with Common Pests

It’s summer, and that means bugs are finding their way into your house. There are a number of ways to get rid of these summer pests – ant traps, raid – but many of them use chemicals that you might not want around your family.  We’ve gathered a few green options that will take care of the problem.

 

 

Ants:

  • Find their point of entry, then dust it with baby powder. Cayenne pepper also works.
  • Spray their trails with a solution of white vinegar and water. This will mask the scent, preventing them from following the trail back into your home.
  • Spray any openings to your house with lemon juice. Ants have an aversion to citrus.

 

Mosquitos:

  • Surprisingly, soy oil actually works very well to repel mosquitos. It will repel them for 1-4 hours.
  • An Iowa State University study showed the oils found in lavender and catnip also work to repel mosquitos.
  • In an ironic twist, mosquitos hate garlic! Eat a lot of garlic this summer to keep mosquitos – and vampires – at bay.


Flies:

  • To make a simple flytrap, you need a cup, paper, and tape. Pour a bit of cheap beer or apple cider vinegar into the cup and add a small piece of fruit. Then make a cone out of the paper and place it upside down inside the cup. Flies will go in to eat the fruit, and will drown in the liquid. It’s a little gross, but it’s effective.

Of course, the best way to get rid of bugs is to prevent them from entering in the first place. Plug any holes you see in your house as soon as possible. Don’t leave fruit or other food exposed on your counters. If you’re leaving your windows open, make sure there are no holes in your screens.

If you’ve got any questions, or have some green tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments!

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2 Responses to Green Ways to Cope with Common Pests

  1. Great article! Such easy and cost-effective ways to keep pests out! I love that they are green and can replace harsh chemicals like the ones found in Raid.

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