Natural pest control for your home

Natural Pest Control
This summer I wrote about safe use of pesticides in the yard and garden. But with the fall here, I thought I’d share my tips for natural pest control in your home!


living in a rural area, we have more than our share of houseflies. Since usually can not clean their shoes before entering the house and crawls all over my counter tops, I prefer not to come at all. Two ways to keep flies out include the trap and water bag.

available at your local hardware store or food is the disposable trap flies. This is a plastic bag with a funnel-shaped lid. You put an attractant in the bottom of the bag and hang it up in the yard. If you have animals, it is a good idea to hang it somewhere near the corral. The flies, attracted by the liquid inside, enter the funnel, but can not fly. When the bag is full, he throws and hang a new one.

In our neck of the woods, often zippered bags filled with water hanging doors are popular. These water bags repel flies enter the house by the refraction of light shining through them, mistaking the fly and making go in another direction.

Despite our best efforts, however, do not end flies inside. So how do you get rid of them? We used fly strips. These strips are covered with a very sticky attractant. Once the fly lands on it, it stuck. They hang in areas where flies congregate, such as in the kitchen or mud room. When the strip is full, he throws and hang a new one.

fruit flies

In the canning season, which often have problems with fruit flies. The tiny parasites are around compost bin or bushel of apples waiting to be turned into applesauce. A few looming over is not too annoying, but when you put tons of food each week, with waste collection and peelings, fruit flies can get out of hand. You can buy a trap fruit flies for about $ 8 at the hardware store. It works similarly to trap houseflies way, but on a smaller scale. I found a way to save $ 8, however, and designed my own trap fruit flies.

Place some apple peels or tomato at the bottom of a jar of preserves. What attracts fruit flies will work. Then throw a piece of copy paper in a funnel with a small hole in the bottom. Tape to be kept rolled up and inserted into the bottle so that the mouth of the jar is sealed and that the funnel tip does not touch the leftovers. Just we keep on the counter. The next morning it will be full of fruit flies. You can read the detailed instructions to make your own trap here.


When we lived in Florida, we had a palm right on the corner of the garage. These trees are the preferred habitat palmetto bug, also known as the American cockroach. Invariably, these pests would come into our garage. A season of the rubber seal at the bottom of the door was broken and considering errors easier access. Not having the money to replace the strip, we had to devise a way to keep insects out of our belongings. Using only a few items for the home, my husband made a cockroach trap foolproof.

Take a wide-mouthed jar, inside wiped with vegetable oil. Then he puts a drop of peanut butter on the bottom of the bottle. He made several of these jars and put them in the garage door. Errors would go in the jar to get to the peanut butter, but could not leave because the parties were slicked with oil. The next morning he would go out, the top of the jars, and throw them in our dumpster.


Nothing is more annoying than a trail of ants running around the kitchen or bathroom. However, there are several ways to destroy or repel unwanted armies.

Keep a spray bottle half white vinegar half water / in the kitchen. They sprayed several times a day and clean countertops with this solution. Ants do not like the smell and eliminate the odor traces left, confusing to those who follow.

Mix the borax with something sweet like jelly or honey and put into a bottle cap into a corner where ants travel. They will eat the borax and die. Do not use this method, however, if you have small children or pets that the cap of the bottle is.

Sprinkle cinnamon or powdered baby on the way. Both substances are ant repellent and will discourage ants come that way.

Do you have any other non-toxic way to deal with bugs in the house? Please share in the comments.

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