Dealing with household pests can be tedious and time consuming. Although there are several pest repellents available in the market, there is no single product that can get rid of all the pests that can plague a home.
If you are worried about using commercial pest repellent continuously, there are some natural preparations that you can make to get rid of these irritating pests. Some of them are listed here.
Homemade Flea Bath 1
- Boil a pot of water.
- Remove from heat when the water has boiled.
- Add one lemon, sliced in half and let it stand overnight.
- Apply the liquid to your pet using a spray bottle, or a sponge and brush.
- Use daily until your pet is free from fleas.
Homemade Flea Bath 2
- Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar.
- Transfer the solution into a spray bottle and spray directly on the pet’s coat
- Work the solution into the skin of your pet where the fleas are hiding
- Brush your pet’s coat in the reverse direction, from the rump to the head, and from the toes to the thighs so the fleas are exposed.
- Continue to spray while you brush your pet’s coat.
- Repeat the process every two days until you see an improvement.
Low-Cost Dry Dog Shampoo
- Sprinkle baking soda onto your dog’s coat,
- Rub the powder into your dog’s coat, up to the roots. The baking soda will remove the odor and leave your pet’s coat very clean as the baking soda removes the dirt and oils that are stuck to your dog’s fur.
- Give your dog a good brushing afterwards.
Homemade Bee Repellent
- Mix equal parts of benzaldehyde (oil of bitter almonds) and tea tree oil and put in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on doors, windows sills and areas where bees usually build their hives. Repeat the application of the solution for another three to four days to stop the bees from coming near your house.
- Place bitter cucumber peels on shelves, windows sills and other bee-prone areas to drive them away.
- Bees do not like the smell of cinnamon. Spread some cinnamon near their beehives to drive them away. For long-term results, do this everyday for a week.
- Peppermint smells wonderful to us humans but bees hate the smell. Place peppermint plants around the house as a shield.
- Apply lavender oil or cedar oil on your pet’s ears and neck to prevent them from being stung by bees.
- If you are going outdoors, protect yourself from bee stings with a solution of one cup water mixed with one tablespoon of vanilla extract. Apply this solution directly to your skin.
Homemade Insect Repellent
Ingredients for the Base:
- ¼ ounce lavender essential oil
- ½ ounce citronella essential oil
- 1/8 ounce each of pennyroyal, jojoba and tea tree oils
The above mixture should not be used directly on your skin. Follow the instructions given below for dilution.
- For safe body application, add 16 ounces of almond or jojoba oil to the base solution and thoroughly blend all the ingredients.
- For making an insect repellent spray, add 16 ounces of vodka to the base solution and stir to mix all the ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle before use.
Natural Repellent for Other Insects
- To get rid of ants, sprinkle cinnamon around the areas where they are. For persistent ones, mix equal part of sugar and borax. To trap ants, mix 6 tablespoons sugar, 5 tablespoons of active dry yeast and 1/3 cup molasses or honey. Mix the ingredients to make a paste and put in a container and place where the ants are.
- Mice do not like the smell of mint. Soak cotton balls in mint and place them around your house. Plug their entryway with thickly-packed cotton ball soaked in mint.
- Drive those pesky cockroaches away with a mixture of 1 pound borax, 1 ounce cocoa powder, 2 ounces salt and 60 ounces of powdered sugar. Put in small shallow containers and leave where cockroaches hide.
There are things around the house that you can use to make several natural insect repellents. All you need is to do some research and identify the insects you want to get rid of and the areas where they stay and breed.