Do you have mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, mice, or other pests hanging around your house? Well, this can turn into a big issue if you don't have any pest repellent left on the shelf in your garden shed. Luckily, the ingredients you need to make pest repellent may already be in your pantry. Check out a few ideas I found for homemade pest repellent.
- A Citrus Spray. Fill a small spray bottle with water and squeeze the juice from a lemon into it. Spray this mixture on your kitchen counters, windowsills, or wherever you see spiders in your home. Spiders are repelled by the smell of citrus.
- A White Vinegar and Water Mixture. Get a spray bottle and fill it with a mixture of half water and half white vinegar. Use it to clean kitchen countertops where you've seen ants. This mixture removes the scent trails that ants leave behind to map out their territory.
- A Fake Wasp Nest. Use your creativity to deter wasps from building nests around your home by making a fake wasp nest. Wasps are territorial insects, so they don't like to build a nest within 20 yards of another wasp's nest.
- Basil. If you have a fly issue in your home, put pots of basil on windowsills and kitchen countertops and near doors. Flies are repelled by the smell of basil. As a bonus, you'll have a supply of fresh basil to use in your spaghetti sauce!
- Dish Soap and Apple Cider Vinegar. Fill a glass full of apple cider vinegar, add six drops of dish soap, and fill the rest of the glass with warm water. Place the glass on your kitchen counter. This mixture lures and kills fruit flies that may be hanging around your kitchen.
- Steel Wool. Chances are decent that you have some old pieces of steel wool lying around. Use a ball of it to fill a crack or hole in your wall where mice or moles like to enter your home. Rodents aren't able to chew through steel wool.
- Catnip Tea. Boil water, drop some fresh catnip into it, and let it boil for several minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray it into cracks, holes and other areas where cockroaches enter your home. These pests are repelled by the fragrance.
- Salt. This sounds like a strange thing to do, but if you have fleas in your home, you're likely to try practically anything to get them out. Get a container of table salt, and sprinkle it on your carpet every day for nine days. Vacuum your carpet every three days, and empty the vacuum cannister after you're finished. Giving your carpeting the salt treatment is one way to kill flea eggs.
- Mint Spray. Make a mint spray using peppermint oil and rubbing alcohol to spray on your skin. This mixture repels mosquitoes and spiders. It can also be sprayed around your home.
- Cinnamon. Put cinnamon on windowsills, near the base of your walls, and in doorways. The fragrance of cinnamon is a repellent to silverfish and mosquitoes.
- Old Coffee Grounds. Put your old coffee grounds to good use by lining them up near a wall where ants like to enter. The smell of the grounds deters ants. Be sure to replace the coffee grounds when they dry out.
- An Onion in a Bowl of Water. Put half an onion in a shallow bowl of water. The aroma of the onion will help to keep mosquitoes away as you sit on your patio to enjoy the evening sky.
I hope these natural pest repellents/deterrents are helpful to you and your family. Thanks for reading. - Alan