7 Natural Pest Control Hacks You Can Try At Home
Pests are everywhere whether you notice them or not. While you can close one eye for the occasional appearances of ants, cockroaches or flies, ignoring the problem for an extended period of time can cost you a big headache and money in the future. Pests are known to breed and multiply rapidly. So it is always a good idea to try some simple DIY pest removal methods to nip the problem in the bud. Here are some natural hacks you can try out today.
Powdered Sugar for Cockroaches
Simply mix 3 parts of boric acid with 1 part of powdered sugar to fight off the cockroaches. The sugar acts as the bait that attracts the roaches, while the acid is the agent that kills them.
Locate the hot spots and areas around the house where they would likely roam, especially at the locations where you have spotted them before or in places where you know there is an infestation. Don't forget to cover the cracks along the edges of kitchen cabinets or cupboards.
Citrus Fruits for Spiders
Spiders hate citrus. If you can't be around spiders, then this simple hack will help. Simply mix lemon or lime juice with some water and put the solution into a spray bottle. You can find affordable spray bottles at your nearest Daiso. When doing your daily cleaning, be sure to wipe your counter tops or surfaces of your furniture with the mixture you made. If you have an outdoor garden, you can prevent spiders from entering your house by placing lemon or orange peels around the area.
Cinnamon Oil for Dust Mites
Are you thinking of how to deal with dust mites? Some cinnamon oil should do the trick. Simply mix a few drops of cinnamon bark oil with alcohol and water. Then spray the mixture onto areas where dust tends to settle. Be sure to cover your carpets, bedding or sofa.
Mint for Mosquitoes
Did you know that Mosquitoes hate the smell of mint? if you have an aroma diffuser at home, try putting a few drops of mint essential oil and let your little appliance do its work. Before you know it, your house will smell of fresh mint and prevent Mosquitoes at the same time.
Cucumber for Ants
Ants are one of the most common pests in Singapore. Whether you live in a HDB flat or condo, low floor or high floor, you are bound to come across these tiny insects in some way or another. Ants can't stand the taste of cucumbers. So you can try preparing a few slices of cucumber and place them around the house or on your kitchen countertops. You can also put them along the noticeable ant trails or near the affected areas where you usually see a lot of them.
Basil for Flies
Are you tired of seeing flies in your kitchen? Well, flies hate the smell of basil, so if you can find a way to maintain a strong scent of basil in the kitchen, it will help in keeping those flying insects away. A great way is to simply grow one or two pots of basil at home. Whether you want to go full-gardener or conveniently buy the plant at your local gardening shop, either way is fine as long as it works for you. Place the basil pots on kitchen counters or along windowsills at your service yard and they'll help you ward of those annoying flies.
Vinegar for Ants
If you can't beat them, then maybe confuse them? Vinegar can be used to neutralize and remove the scent trails that ants use to navigate around your house. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar and use it to wipe on areas and surfaces where you have seen these ants crawl before. If they find your house a difficult place to navigate to search for food, then maybe they'll go look somewhere else.