It is worth remembering that insects do not only spoil things, but they are also carriers of various diseases, including dangerous ones. Therefore, if you find any pests in your home or garden, do not hesitate to get rid of them.
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Whether you are looking for methods of killing mosquitoes, getting rid of cockroaches, or dealing with garden pests infestations, let me give you a quick guide on DIY pest control tips.
DIY Pest Control Ideas for Your Garden
There are various gels, aerosols, traps, and poisons that can be used to kill pests. They have relatively high efficiency, as they contain components that attract pests and insecticides that have a toxic effect on them. However, these treatments can be unsafe for children and pets, so let’s consider natural ways of doing it.
Natural Pest Control Options
Wood ash helps to deal with aphids, cruciferous fleas, cabbage mites, cabbage flies, codling moths, scoops, slugs, and snails.
Sprinkle ash in the aisle between the rows of your garden or spray fruit trees, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkin with infusion, or broth.
Another method includes edible salt. It will help to get rid of apple codling moth and ants. Just spray the fruit trees after leaf fall or in spring for the best effect.
Not less effective is tobacco dust. This method is helpful when dealing with aphids, thistles, thrips, cruciferous fleas, moths, sawflies, leafworms, weevils, moths, spider mites, and ants as well.
Powder the flowers, fruit trees, currants, gooseberries, or spray them with an infusion.
DIY Pest Control Ideas for Your Home
If using chemistry kills insects, then it is definitely not 100% safe for us and our pets. Therefore, I suggest you get rid of insects by more natural means.
If you have cockroaches, you have to know that they can be carriers of various diseases. In stores, there are a lot of treatments against them, but the majority are very toxic. Our way to get rid of cockroaches is cheap and simple, but at the same time, what is important, effective, and safe for health.
Natural Cockroach Pest Control
Get some onions, chop them up, and add 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Sprinkle the resulting mixture in the corners of your room. Repeat this daily, and soon all the cockroaches will disappear from your home.
DIY Pest Control for Ticks
Ticks can be of different colors and sizes, but all of the species are very dangerous. Therefore, it is so important to protect your family and animals from the appearance of these insects in the house. Here are some natural and safe recipes.
Mix the following:
- 20 drops of geranium essential oil,
- 10 drops of fragrant bison oil,
- 5 drops of lavender oil,
- 5 drops of lemon oil,
- 1 tbsp. of medical alcohol
Dilute this mixture with 100 ml of water or vinegar and pour it into a bottle with a spray dispenser. Shake well before use and apply to clothing before going outside.
Natural Tick Repellent for Pets
To make a repellent for pets, mix 20 drops of geranium oil and peppermint oil with 2 tbsp. of almond oil.
Apply the mixture to the animals at the withers before walking them.
Natural Pest Control for Spiders
Even if there are no poisonous spiders in your area, it doesn’t mean that these small pests won’t show up in your house. The natural repellent will not kill spiders but will scare them away with its smell.
Mix 5-10 drops of peppermint oil, 200 ml of water, and 1 tsp. liquid detergent.
Shake the mixture well. Once a week, spray in the corners where there are spiders. This will make the spiders leave their homes. By the way, you can replace peppermint oil in the recipe with eucalyptus, cinnamon, lavender, or tea tree oil.
Which of these methods, in your opinion, is really useful? Maybe you have your own natural insect repellent? Tell us in the comments below!
This article is provided by Nicholas Martin, the pest control consultant and leading writer of Pestcontrolhacks.
Nicholas Martin is a professional pest exterminator who dedicated more than 25 years to studying and dealing with both urban and agricultural pests.
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