9 Household Bugs and Natural Remedies for Every Home
Bugs aren’t visible all the time. Their tiny stature saves them from getting noticed by the house owners. You will be surprised to know that in the US, bugs/pests are found in all the states. According to studies, 17% of respondents were from the Northeast, 20% were from the Midwest, 20% were in the South, and 19% were in the West. Well, these statistics may tempt you to buy the bug spray immediately, but before you do that, we advise you to try out some natural remedies that work equally effectively.
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In this blog, we have given detailed home remedies for all the pests you possibly come across in your house.
1. For Ants:
- Vinegar + Water Spray: Mix half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. Spray it around the place you spot ants. You can either keep the sprinkles on the floor or wipe them keeping their fragrance intact. The vinegar’s strong smell overwhelms the ants and drives them away from the house.
- Cayenne Pepper+ Cornmeal/Coffee: Sprinkle cayenne pepper, cornmeal, or brewed coffee around the ant-infested area. This strong smell and powdery texture curbs the ants’ entry in the first place.
- Dish Soap Spray: Add three-quarters of the bottle with water and then add 10-12 drops of natural ingredient dish soap. Shake well and spray it around the problem areas.
2. For Flies:
- Jar Fly Trap: Add an inch of apple cider vinegar in the jar and add a few drops of floral dish soap. Cover the jar with plastic wrap. Secure the wrap with rubber and poke a hole on the top and then place it in the kitchen.
- Fruit Trap: Take an inch thick piece from fruit and place it in a bowl. Make sure the cut side is facing up. Secure the bowl with plastic wrap and drill a hole on the top. Let it sit in the secluded area in the kitchen.
3. For American Meal Moths
- Clean Your Cans and Bags: Moths sneak into your house through cans and bags of dry food. Therefore, make sure you wipe down cans and bags with soapy water to prevent the spreading of moths.
- Sprinkle Bay Leaves: Sprinkle bay leaves in your kitchen cabinet. Their strong smell prevents moths from setting up a camp in your house.
4. For Roaches
- Wine Bottle Trap: Fill the wine bottle with syrup or peanut butter and line it inside of the water with cooking oil. The cockroach gets attracted to the sweet items in the bottle and gets trapped there.
- Catnip: Fill small sachets with fresh catnip or immerse cotton balls in nepetalactone essential oil. Place the sachets or cotton balls where you find roaches.
For detailed information on keeping roaches out, read our blog: Best Ways To Keep Roaches Out Of Your Kitchen
5. For Fleas
- Herbal Flea Spray: Mix 4 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of water, 4 oz of lemon juice, and 2 oz of witch hazel in a two-liter spray bottle. Spray it around the infested area.
- Salt: Salt can dehydrate fleas and kill them. Sprinkle salt around the house and leave it for a day.
6. For Bed bugs
- Steam Clean or Use Hairdryer: Temperature as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit can kill bed bugs. Steam clean the areas where you find bed bugs. If you can’t steam clean, use a hairdryer.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda can absorb moisture from a bed bug. Sprinkle your space with baking soda and let it sit for an hour. Repeat the process for the next couple of days.
7. For Spiders
- Citrus: Citrus's strong smell repels spiders. Take a citrus peel and rub it along baseboards, windowsills, and bookshelves. This remedy keeps your house smelling great and keeps all the spiders out.
- DIY Spider Spray: Mix a few drops of essential oil into the water. Spray it in areas where you find spiders.
8. For Termites
- Wet Cardboard: Termites are drawn to water and cellulose, therefore, you can suspect termites settled on the cardboard. The best is to heat the cardboard until the bugs are gone.
- Sunlight: Another best alternative is to place the wet cardboard in the sunlight. If your furniture has termites, bring them out on a sunny day. You can also set up UV lights in the area.
9. For Silverfish
- Cedar Shavings: Silverfish detest the cedar smell. Spread its chips in the area and once the silverfish disappear, vacuum the place.
- Jar Trap: Cover the jar top with masking tape and add some pieces of bread inside. Place the jar in a place where you see the silverfish. The slippery texture of the glass makes it hard for silverfish to climb up and save its life.
The above are some super easy ways to get rid of pests. Now start disinviting the pests with these easy home remedies.