11 Creative Ways to Deal with Pests like Bugs and Mice

Bug repellents or rodent poisons are certainly harmful to pests; however, they have a high chance of harming humans, too. If you’re looking for ways to deal with different kinds of pest infestation, here are some ways you can be creative while still remaining all-natural and safe for your household.

For Insects and Other Bug Infestations:

Clean your gutters

By cleaning gutters, you can get rid of mosquitoes really quickly. Mosquitoes can breed even in tiny amounts of water, especially when this water is stagnant. To prevent your yard from becoming a potential colony of these itch-inducing pests, drill holes in the bottom of recycling and trash containers and clear roof gutters regularly to prevent standing water. Change out the water in birdbaths – or any other possible water sources, like overwatered flower pots – at least once weekly to clear out mosquito eggs.

Clean your trash can

Sometimes, or even most of the time, you take out your trash bags from the trash can and never even think about cleaning the trash can itself. This is one way for houseflies to thrive into your home. Especially if you haven’t been cleaning your trash cans over a long period of time, dirt and other unclean materials can pile up and attract houseflies from as far as a mile away. You should keep garbage cans tightly covered during the week, wash them once a week, and sprinkle Borax on the inside to make this fly hangout uninhabitable. You can find Borax in the laundry aisle of supermarkets for less than $10 a box.

Hang mint bouquets

Hanging bouquets of fresh-cut herbs like rosemary or mint near potential nesting sites—under railings, awnings, play equipment, eaves, and sheltered nooks and crannies—could deter nest building. If you see wasps buzzing about, it’s time for a fresh bouquet. While it’s understandable you don’t want wasps on your patio or near play areas, it’s a good idea to leave them be if they’re not in a highly trafficked place. Most wasps prey on outdoor pests that cause havoc in gardens, and they can help pollinate flowers.

Set up traps for fruit flies

To deal with a fruit fly infestation without using chemicals, put an inch of wine, fruit juice, or a sugar and vinegar mixture in the bottom of a bottle with a narrow neck. It can attract and drown these critters.

Use botanical treatments against termites

Yea 2017 Termite Control Prices may not be comfortable for you, and switching to natural ways to control termites might be just what you need. For example, using orange oil can be effective because it contains the active compound known as d-limonene. This compound is powerful enough to kill termites on contact. Drywood termite colonies with well-defined boundaries are most vulnerable to orange oil treatments. Neem oil is another effective botanical treatment for ousting termites. It is extracted from the Asian Neem tree and must be directly ingested by the termites in order to have the desired effect.

Use two hour shower rule

People who shower within two hours of being in the yard have a significantly lower risk of developing Lyme (taken from disease carrying bugs such as ticks) disease, researchers found. A quick shower can knock a tick off of your skin before it latches on, and taking off your clothing ensures that hitchhiking bugs don’t make their way to your body. You don’t have to shower every time you step in the backyard for a breath of fresh air, but wash off if you’ve spent time around tick hotspots like high grass, brush, and woodpiles.

Sprinkle cinnamon for ants

If you’re having a big ant infestation in your home, you can look to try for nature’s best ant repellant. Sprinkle ant entry areas with crushed dry mint, ground cinnamon, or cloves to keep them out. Then hide their highway: frequently cleaning the floors, counters, or any other surfaces where you’ve spotted ants with a solution of half white vinegar and half water. This helps remove the trails that they lay down to lead their buddies to food.

Make roach traps

For some reason, cockroaches can even withstand cockroach repellants. Sometimes, this effort is not enough, and you really need to tinker your own trap. Make a homemade roach trap by placing a piece of banana inside a Mason jar and lining the inside rim with petroleum jelly. Place the jars under sinks and near where pipes enter the home. Roaches would then crawl in to feast but won’t be able to escape from the slippery lip. Once you’ve pinpointed where they congregate, use a hand applicator to inject boric acid — a low-toxicity mineral available at home centers—into nearby cracks and crevices.

For Rodents and Mice:

Prepare peppermint essential oil repellants for mice

Mice, while nowhere near as impressive as dogs, still have a fairly acute sense of smell that beats that of humans. While people find the smell of peppermint refreshing, tangy, and pleasant, mice find it overwhelming and offensive. To take advantage of this, you would need cotton balls and peppermint essential oil. Add 20 to 30 drops of peppermint essential oil to each cotton ball and lay them strategically around your home. Refresh every week or so, or whenever you notice the smell is fading. Feel free to experiment with other essential oils or oil blends in addition to peppermint.

Let a predator loose

Dogs and cats are among the most common pets at home. While dogs are considered man’s best friend, they have evolved much farther from their canine ancestors in terms of their hunter instinct and behavior than cats. There are breeds of dogs that hunt dutifully, but you might be hard-pressed to find that a cat doesn’t have a refined killer instinct. Naturally, cats would really help hunting down mice – and other unwanted rodents – in even the most remote places inside your house. When you want to naturally get rid of mice, a cat is your best friend. Just remember, the cat can be a part of the family, too!

Make an all-natural mouse deterrent spray

This is a special little concoction that that doesn’t involve manufactured chemicals or toxins. This is a spray made entirely from hot peppers. Be careful, however, because making this might hurt your eyes. It might be a good idea to use safety goggles to concoct it.

This spray uses habanero peppers, which have a Scoville rating of 100,000 to 350,000 units, and cayenne peppers, which rate at 30,000 to 50,000 units. Compare this to the 1,000-4,000 units of a jalapeño, and it’s easy to see why this is so repugnant to rodents.

You need 1/2 cup chopped habaneros, 2 tablespoons hot pepper flakes, 16 cups (1 gallon) of fresh water, two gallon buckets, a gallon jug, a spray bottle, cheesecloth, gloves, goggles, and finally, a large pot.

Wear gloves and goggles when making and applying this powerful mixture. A surgical mask isn’t a bad idea either, as it can cause some respiratory irritation for some individuals.

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Put peppers and flakes in a food processor and blend until they are a little more roughly chopped up. You can do this by hand, but it can be less irritating to the eyes to use the food processor. Put the pepper blend into a 2 gallon bucket, and then pour the boiling water over them. Cover the mixture and allow it to sit for 24 hours. Using cheesecloth, strain out the pepper bits by pouring the mixture into another 2 gallon bucket. Fill your spray bottle and spritz around entrances and affected areas.