Natural pest control: no nasty pesticides
DIY pest control is often thought of as a less effective alternative to powerful pesticides – but this isn’t necessarily the case. Flypaper, for example, is one of the most effective methods of keeping flies at bay – and it doesn’t use any chemical pesticides. To make your own flypaper, mix ¼ cup of corn syrup with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Soak Kraft paper of thin cardboard in the sticky solution, allow to dry, then hang around the house. You can also use mousetraps, flytraps, jar traps and other nontoxic bait to eliminate unwanted pests.
Natural pest control can involve pesticides – but natural pesticides made from natural products! Combine 1 head of garlic, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2 cups of water into a puree, allow to sit overnight, strain the excess then pour into a spray bottle for a simple pesticide that can be used for insect control!
Organic pest control: choose your poison
Some insects can be eliminated using simple household products. Ants, for example, leave a trail to their food. These trails can be eradicated using vinegar mixed with water and peppermint oil. If you do find ants nests in your house, sprinkle them with red pepper/cayenne/paprika, powdered cinnamon, talcum powder or ground coffee – this will deter the ants, but wouldn’t seriously harm any curious children or pets.
Cockroaches can be caught using glue boards. To make your own, follow the instructions for fly paper above, but use thicker cardboard, and place in areas where cockroaches are often found, such as moist, dark, corners. To repel cockroaches, mix 2 tablespoons of tabasco with 250ml of water, pour into a spray bottle and spray on surfaces which cockroaches might inhabit.
This short guide can help you keep your house pest-free without resorting to powerful pesticides. Natural pest control is a viable and effective alternative to chemical sprays and treatments available in shops – and will often work out cheaper too!