Eco-Friendly Ways To Get Rid Of Pests

Chemicals Aren’t Totally Necessary For Pest Reduction

Just as there are natural predators to common animals, there are natural repellents to common pests. You don’t have to fumigate the entire house, you don’t have to use rat poison, you don’t have to do any of a hundred things which are known to have toxic side-effects. However, you do have to be a little creative, and willing to try new things.

Following, we’ll briefly explore a few ecologically friendly means of pest elimination that won’t make you or your family sick, and will have a clear effect on whatever pest problem you’re contending with.

Baking Soda And Sugar Kills Roaches

Get half a cup of sugar and half a cup of baking soda. Mix these powders together, and put them into something like a salt shaker—though be careful you don’t mix it up with the other condiments! Take your anti-roach mixture and sprinkle it where you know they are, and where you expect them to go. The roaches eat up the sugar, the baking soda kills the roaches.

Citronella, Lavender, Garlic, And Rosemary Repel Mosquitoes

When it comes to mosquitoes, you want to get rid of standing water, and you want to use aromas to push them away. There are smells mosquitoes can’t abide. Bug spray essentially uses chemicals to repulse them, but this can be bad for you and your skin. Meanwhile, you can use essential oils or plant certain flora indoors and outdoors.

Citronella comes in oils that can be burned in tiki torches in strategic places throughout your backyard. Lavender looks wonderful and smells fine. Garlic and rosemary are fine seasonings for a cookout, use them in abundance! Also, you can use plants at the windows and doorways of your home where the bugs enter. Don’t forget the drafty attic!

Mice Hate Steel Wool, Use It To Clog Up Holes; Also: Cats

Rodents use their teeth like humans use power tools. They’ll chew through just about anything save cement, and steel wool. Have you run your nails down a chalkboard and felt your body involuntarily cringe? This is what steel wool does to mice. You stuff it in their holes, they go to bite it, cringe, and back off. Secure it with caulking so the persistent mice or rats don’t simply move it aside.

Once you’ve clogged all their little holes up with steel wool, next totally clean your house as extensively as you can. When you’ve got the whole home clean, be sure you store food in containers that rodents can’t get their teeth on. Plastic tupperware can be chewed through, but it eliminates the smell. This keeps rodents from realizing food hides behind the plastic.

Lastly, once you’ve blocked up all the holes and properly stored your food, get a cat. Cats are the natural predators of mice and positively enjoy the hunt. It’s a win for you, and it’s a win for the cat—unless, of course, you’re allergic to cats; in which case you might need some other tertiary measure. There are humane mousetraps that allow you to catch-and-release, but let the mice go a long way from home or they’ll just come back.

Safeguarding Your House Naturally

You don’t want to make your family sicker through chemicals than they would be through varying diseases that pests carry. A great way to have the best results is to use natural pest control strategies.

Natural foods can kill roaches without making your home toxic. Aromatic plants both indoor, outdoor, and in essential oil form can keep mosquitoes away from you. Mice don’t like steel wool, and cats like mice. Safe solutions exist, and they’re pretty straightforward. Do a little research to find which best fits you and your family, and keep your home pest-free naturally.


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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