Home is where the heart is. Unfortunately, home can also be where the bugs are. One way or another, insects can find their way into our homes. But there are things that we can do to get them out of the house.
The common insects that are found around a house are ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and ticks. Usually, homeowners automatically turn to commercialized chemical substances to battle these insects. But there are natural ways to eliminate these insects inside the house. There are some sources on the internet that provide useful and effective information about how to deal with these insects.
Here are a few ways to naturally remove insects around your home:
How to Battle Ants
There are many species of ants around the world. The type of ants you may be dealing with can be dictated by your location, the type of food in your house, and other factors. Getting rid of ants can be challenging because they can come in hordes. If there is one, there sure will be many.
You can get rid of ants by mixing vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spraying the anthill with it. You can also use this concoction on ant trails around the house.
Sprinkle cinnamon, coffee grounds, or salt along the windowsill, doorways, or even around the campsite or picnic areas. This will discourage the ants from coming close.
Fighting Off Flies
Flies are the annoying buzzing flying insects. Having insects around the house is a negative sign about the cleanliness of that home. Flies can even spread diseases to humans.
To get rid of flies, lighting up incense usually does the trick. Flies are not so keen about the smell of smoke. There are also candles that are specially made to ward off flies.
Planting specific kinds of herbs around the house can also get rid of flies. Lavender, peppermint, and elder plants are some of the most effective herbs against flies.
If you want a quick fix, you mix black pepper and molasses on a small dish and place it outside. This should be away from the places where many people pass by or stay. The mixture will attract flies and the sticky molasses will trap them onto the dish.
How to Remove Ticks
Ticks, though primarily found feeding on pets, can also latch on to humans. Most chemical medications for ticks can be very harmful for pets. Some medications can even poison pets. The safest way to get rid of ticks is by using natural solutions.
Adding one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a pet’s food or water can help prevent ticks. Spraying a mixture of citrus oil, peppermint oil, and lemon juice on to the affected spot of your pet can also help get rid of the ticks.
When all else fails, giving your pet a dip in a tub of water can also help get rid of ticks.
Using these natural methods can help rid you and your home of these insects without compromising your health. The best way to get rid of these insects is to prevent infestations. Keeping your home clean will be the best natural method to never encounter these insects.