With winter creeping up on us full force it’s time to be prepared for uninvited house guests. Spiders, centipedes and raccoons are just a few critters that find their way into homes, but homeowners can prevent that from continuing to happen. Even better, you can prevent it without the use of harsh chemicals! Below are natural remedies to alleviate unwanted critters from visiting inside your home.
Cold weather means an increase of using our fireplaces. If you have a wood burning fireplace and keep wood near your home you are providing shelter for rodents. It’s only a matter of time before those rodents find their way into your home. Keep firewood a good distance away from your home to keep rodents out as well as spiders that are breeding on the firewood.
Citrus can be used to scare away spiders. Spiders taste with their feet and by placing orange or lemon oil around the house you are likely to get rid of any and all spiders attempting to hide inside your home.
Natural Soap and Water
Do you have ants? An easy way to get rid of them is wiping them away with soap and water. This removes their chemical trail so additional ants don’t pop back up. Black pepper and cayenne may also be used on common entry points to make sure the ants don’t come back.
Stink bugs do exactly what their name say: stink. Sprinkling garlic powder or mixing garlic powder and water together will keep the stink away. Spray the mixture on doorways or plants near your home every few days.
If you suspect a mouse infestation mint will do the trick! Soak cotton balls in peppermint essential oils and place them where you suspect mice are entering. Replace the cotton balls quite often as the peppermint often dries up quickly. Are mice continuously an issue at your home? Plant mint near the foundation of your home to stop them from entering.
Peanut butter is a common household item that can naturally be used to get rid of mice. Place a small dab of peanut butter on each mousetrap to attract the rodent and successfully catch it.
Say goodbye to those bothersome flies by placing pots of basil at doorways and windowsills. If not enough light comes into those spots use dried basil in a small muslin pouch and rubbing it in those common areas.
Make fleas disappear with salt. Salting and vacuuming your floors kill flea eggs. This will need to be done for nine days while vacuuming every three days (don’t forget to empty the vacuum after each time you vacuum).
Use vinegar to get rid of fruit flies once and for all. Fill a glass three-quarters full with vinegar, add six drops of dishwashing liquid and fill the jar to the top with warm water. Fruit flies will instantly be caught with this deadly mixture!