Natural Pest Control
Is Harmless To Your Health

...pesticides are not. Even though they are sold out there. Natural pest control will help if the pest infestation is not too extreme in your home.

Here are some natural pest control tips for you to ban those nasty chemical (pest) killers, that would do more harm than good:

ANTS
x Find out where and why they come from.
Clean away all food bits and do not leave any food out to attract them!
Keep food in refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers.
Keep the floor and counters clean as well!

x Close ants' points of entry.
You can use any of the following for natural pest control of ants to put in front of their ways in: lemon juice or dried lemon peels, citrus oil, cinnamon, cucumber peels, sliced garlic, cayenne pepper, chili, dried mint leaves, cloves, vinegar or coffee grounds.

x Wipe surfaces with vinegar or undiluted lemon juice.

x Plant some mint in front of ants' points of entry on the outside.

x Pour some vinegar on saucers and place them into cupboards and drawers where ants like to plunder.

COCKROACHES
x Keep your bathroom and kitchen clean.

x Vacuum well and often.

x You can leave some catnip, garlic or cucumber slices to places where you have seen cockroaches.

x Put some soapy water into a spray bottle and spray directly on cockroaches to kill them.

DUST MITES
These only create problems if there are allergy or asthma sufferers in your home.

x Vacuum a lot! Especially carefully all mattresses, pillows and textile covered bed headers. Also vacuum furniture, books and floor covers regularly.
Seal the vacuum cleaners dust bag air-tightly when you have finished and be careful when throwing it away.

x Air blankets, bedspreads and rugs outside if possible.

x Wash bedding on at least 55 degrees Celsius.

x Do not use humidifiers if possible. These create the perfect environment for dust mites to thrive.

EARWIGS
x Cut an onion in half and rub it in front of the earwigs' way in. Also they do not like salt.

FLIES
Natural fly repellents are cloves, eucalyptus, bay leaves and mint. You can place them around your home or use their oils.

MOSQUITOES
x Use mosquito nets or cheesecloth on your windows and doors. It can even be used to cover your bed at night while you are sleeping.

x Place some lemon peels on your windowsill if you like to sleep with your window open. Mosquitoes and other annoying bugs won't come in.

x If you have been bit, moisten your skin with water, sprinkle some salt on the bite and rub it into the skin with your finger. Let dry. Itching and swelling will be gone in a little while.

x Make a paste of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water. Keep it handy and smear on bug bites for soothing.

x While having a barbeque in work, put some pieces of rosemary or sage on the grill to keep mosquitoes away.

x Keep close a spray bottle with a solution of 1 part garlic juice and 5 parts water. Shake well before use and spray on your uncovered body parts.

x Planting Thai lemon grass or marigold in your yard should also help keep mosquitoes and other flying insects away.

MOTHS
Moths are quite tricky to get rid of. Whatever you do, choose natural pest control and avoid using chemical mothballs. They contain naphthalene which can even cause death for children and pets.

x Main thing is to vacuum thoroughly, especially under furniture, by walls and on floor coverings.

x Peel some oranges and lemons and cut the peels into thin slices. Place them on a baking tray and dry in a warm room. When they are thoroughly dried pack them in the clothes you are putting away (seasonally). And make sure the clothes are clean before you put them away, because moths like filthy and smudgy clothes.

x Natural moth repellents are lemon peels, cloves, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, rose petals, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks.

RODENTS
x Add some peppermint oil into floor cleaning water once a month to repel rodents.

x Keep handy a spray bottle filled with a strong solution of peppermint oil and water. Spray it around garbage bins, behind cupboards and in the attic.

x Mice and rats can be repelled with garlic or beer near their points of entry.

x Sprinkle a little salt into an empty beer bottle. Pop it into a mouse hole and wait for your unwanted house pets to move out.

x Cut some corks of wine bottles into small pieces and fry them in fat. When rats eat cork they will die of indigestion.

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