Keeping pests at bay is an ongoing battle during the warmer months. It doesn’t matter if it’s indoors or outdoors, getting rid of bugs is a nuisance to everyone. Many store-bought repellants and killers contain harmful chemicals that are not only harmful to insects, but also your family, pets, or plants that you’re trying to protect. There are many ways to get rid of bugs safely and easily with items that are not toxic to other living things. Here are a few effective ways repel or kill bugs naturally in your home or garden.
What to Use
There are many different plants and essential oils that you can use individually or diffuse with other ingredients to deter to pests.
On their blog, Hello Glow identifies 10 bug repelling plants that are safe to keep around your home.
For example, try strategically placing plants like lavender, mint, and lemongrass in buggy areas, whether it’s potted on your patio or planted in your garden. Their smell wards off biting insects like mosquitos and flies, among others.
Even pleasant looking flowers like petunias, marigolds, and chrysanthemums can be grown in the ground or in containers and used to fend off squash bugs, aphids, and beetles, which can be harmful to your crops.
Peppermint and spearmint are among the most common essential oils used in mixtures that repel insects like ants, caterpillars, fleas, and spiders. Sage, thyme, and rosemary can be effective as plants or oils, but are usually used in mixtures with other ingredients.
Typically, many of the elements listed above are combined together in a number of ways to repel or kill bugs naturally.
Methods for Eliminating Pests
Sprays are the most common method for treating pest problems. There are plenty of varieties sold in stores or online that are made with natural ingredients, like this one from well-known organic brand Burt’s Bees, that’s used to repel insects and is safe to the entire family.
There are also premade insect killers that are non-toxic and all natural. Killer Green makes a version that works on roaches, ants, spiders, and more, plus it kills larvae, eggs, and adult insects.
If you’re looking for DIY alternatives, WikiHow offers some great formulas you can make at home using many of the ingredients listed above. They list methods using spices like garlic, pepper, and onion. If you prefer using essential oils, the website tells you how to use rosemary and lavender.
While using all-natural repellants and killers is the best option, the most effective way to eliminate insects is by taking preventative measures. Make sure you’re regularly cleaning your home to rid it of any traces of leftover food. Plus, take proactive measures in the garden to protect your crops.