Do you have mice infestation in your home? Do critters creep you out? While there are many insecticides in the market, they mostly contain toxic chemicals that can be dangerous to you, your family and pets. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of safe and natural alternatives you can go for.
From natural essential oils like peppermint and lavender to plants like wormwood and bay leaves, we have 30 impressive tricks to help you keep those unwanted guests away from your home.
30. The Instant Mashed Potatoes Trick
If you are looking for a super cheap, non-toxic and less messy way to get rid of mice, then you should try using instant mashed potatoes. Sprinkle a few tablespoons in the corners they frequently hang out. Once the mice consume it, the potato flakes will expand in their stomachs, and kill them fast before complete digestion.
Of course, keep your pets in mind. Ensure you keep the instant mashed potatoes away from your pets because it could harm them if they are placed carelessly.
29. Crushed Egg Shells
Did you know that crushed eggshells can help you get rid of garden pests? If you want to start gardening as a hobby, then crushed egg shells should be one of your favorite hat tricks. Crushed eggshells can serve as effective organic pest control and compost for added nutrients to your garden.
Crush the dried eggshells and sprinkle it around the base of your plants. It is natural and eco-friendly and will deter slugs, beetles, snails, and other pests from destroying your plants.
28. Say Goodbye to Spiders with Vinegar!
Here’s a trivia fact you didn’t know: spiders HATE vinegar. Vinegar is a great spider repellant. Spiders find the smell repulsive. Well, if you’ve been trying to fight off a spider infestation, then here’s your deal breaker. All you need to do is fill a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the outside of your home along the walls and windowsills, crevices and doorways.
The pungent smell and the sour taste will keep the spiders away from your home. If you find the smell of vinegar offensive, use it in moderation.
27. Kick Against Spiders with Peppermint
Do you have a spider invasion in your home? All hope isn’t lost because we have an all-natural and effective spider repellent for those eight-legged freaks – peppermint oil. Spiders hate the smell of peppermint.
So, if you want to take back your home from them, mix a solution of water and peppermint oil and spray it around the corners of your home. Mission accomplished.
26. Mice Hate Cheese
Despite what you’ve been made to believe, mice are not so crazy above cheese. Cartoons like Tom and Jerry may have let you believe wrongly that you can use cheese to catch mice. However, a number of studies have revealed that mice actually hate cheese! The smell of cheese is stinky to them.
So, if you’re looking to keep them at bay, place chunks of cheese in their favorite hangouts and you can be sure to get rid of mice from your space.
25. Clove Oil Spritz
If you are looking for a powerful, natural and non-toxic insect repellent, try using clove oil. It is a safe alternative to commercial insecticides. Many insects such as ants and roaches are usually drawn to the sweet smell of clove oil, but it kills them on contact. You can also use whole, dried cloves to repel insects.
The pungent smell of the cloves is repulsive to critters like mosquitoes, ants, moths, and flies. Most insecticides are harmful to children and animals, but with clove oil, only the insects will come into harm’s way.
24. Coconut Oil is Perfect for Mosquitoes
Looking for a natural mosquito repellent? You may be surprised that coconut oil can be of help. Coconut oil is an amazing and versatile elixir that can do a fine job of protecting you from mosquitoes.
Its oil contains compounds that have long-lasting repellant properties against mosquitoes. To cap it all, you won’t have to worry about applying toxic mosquito repellants all over your body!
23. Keep Roaches at Bay
Bay leaves have been found to be a potent and natural roaches repellant. While it won’t kill insects, its pungent smell is very offensive to cockroaches and would keep them far away from the spots you’ve placed the bay leaves. Whether dry or fresh, scatter bay leaves around your home, especially the corners that roaches frequent.
You can also crush the leaves into powder, and sprinkle it around the favorite spots on roaches in your home. You’ll be amazed at just how quick roaches will flee from your personal space.
22. Cayenne Pepper Trick
Mice can’t stand the smell of cayenne pepper. Simply soak some cotton balls in water and cayenne and pepper solution.
Leave the cotton balls in the spots around your home where you often find mice frequent and watch how they mysteriously vacate your home.
21. Cinnamon oil
Cinnamon oil works like magic! Gnats and mosquitoes can’t stand a chance with cinnamon.
It is a very effective insect repellent and can also kill mosquito larvae. Add a few drops of cinnamon oil to your favorite sunscreen or lotion and apply to your skin. You can also spray cinnamon oil on your plants to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. It sure works!
20. Scare Off Ants with Chalk
One common myth is that drawing a chalk line deters ants from passing through because they see it as a barrier. Yeah, this is somehow true, but ants are not bitter spirits that can be fended off with chalk lines. The truth is that ants won’t walk through powdery substances such as chalk dust or talcum powder because they are made of calcium carbonate, which interferes with their ability to follow the scent trails of other ants. They keep away from anything that interferes with their scent trail.
Sprinkle some chalk dust in any area in your home where there are usually ants. Ensure you keep chalk or talcum powder from the reach of your children and pets.
Ah, summertime! Plenty of sunshine and lots of mosquitoes to go round! To keep mosquitoes away from your home, try planting wormwood around your home. This natural repellent does a good job of protecting you from mosquitoes, and it’s also eco-friendly.
However, whatever you do, don’t apply it on your skin if you don’t want rashes on your skin. The plant’s strong odor repels mosquitoes. Plant it around your house and you’re good to go!
18. Kitty Litter to the Rescue
The greatest enemy of the household mouse is a cat. Keeping a cat in your home will make it free of rodents. It’s a natural repellent that works pretty well to ward off cats. The smell of cat urine repels mice from making your house its home. But then, you’ll have to deal with the smell yourself.
Some cats also hunt mice for food but most of them, if they are well fed, just hunt them because mice movements disturb them. Place your cat litter box strategically around your home, and it will be the perfect barrier between you and having your home invaded by mice.
17. Citronella to Fend Off Insects
Citronella oil is a natural insect repellent and works like a charm. Whether you’re trying to ward off bloodsucking or pesky gnats, citronella oil and citronella candles do a great job.
You can spray citronella around your house or use it as a body lotion. If you’re camping with friends at night, you can also burn fresh citronella in a bonfire, and it will keep insects away for up to two hours. Neat, right?
16. The Dryer Sheet “Bug Spray” Hack
It is a widespread belief that dryer sheets can keep mosquitoes away from your home and gnats away from your garden. Some dryer sheets have insect-repellent. Some studies have shown that it works.
Other bugs that the dryer sheets can ward off are certain mites, food-infesting beetles and weevils, and German cockroaches. Just rub the dryer sheet on your skin or keep a few in your pocket and it will be like you’re wearing an invisible cloak.
15. Steel Wool
Are there holes in your walls and floors or some crevices? Well, they could be free gateways for mice to gain easy access to your home.
An effective way of preventing rodents from invading your home is by plugging the areas with steel wool. Mice can’t eat through steel wool, so no more disturbances from them.
14. Lavender Oil
With lavender oil, you’ll fight off mosquitoes and still smell good while at it. Mosquitoes hate the fragrance of lavender oil, and they’ll avoid contact with it at all costs. All you have to do it apply it on your skin or spray it around the house.
Thanks to the antibacterial properties of this essential oil, it will not only protect you from mosquito bites but also soothes the skin as well. You can also burn crushed lavender flowers in a jar to keep mosquitoes away on a warm summer night.
13. The Pungent Smell of Onions
Just like garlic, mosquitoes can’t stand onions either. Slicing onions and spreading them around your garden can keep pests from destroying your plants, but if you want to keep mosquitoes away, make some onion juice and spray it around your garden.
You’ll get rid of pesky insects away from your garden with ease.
12. Cocoa is a No Go for Mice
By mixing cocoa powder and plaster together attracts the mice to the area. Once they eat the mixture, they’ll go in search of water, which will activate the plaster and kill them quickly. Oops, too bad but good riddance anyway.
11. The Power of Borax (Peace out Ants)
You can try out the superpower of Borax if you are looking for a fast and effective way to get rid of ants. Take back your kitchen from invading ants with Borax. Simply mix 1½ tablespoons of Borax, 1½ cups of warm water and ½ cup of sugar into the mixture.
Then soak cotton balls in the solution and place them in the areas where you have ants. The sugar in the solution will attract the ants to the cotton balls. The ants will die within 24 – 48 hours after contact with the Borax.
10. Keep Ants at Bay with Cucumber
Do you know that ants detest cucumbers? So now that you understand their secret, you can use it against them if they prove to be a disturbance. All you need to do is slice cucumbers peels and place them in the ants’ favorite spots or entry points.
Ants detest the smell of cucumber, so most of them naturally vacate anywhere cucumbers are found. Be sure to replace them with fresh ones often so they won’t spoil.
9. Cedar Shavings in the Drawers
Cedar chips are a natural way to keep bugs off from your space. Cedar contains natural oils and chemicals that repel or kill insects such as termites, carpet beetles, cockroaches, cloth-eating moths, and some types of ants, such as odorous and Argentine. You can sprinkle them indoors, in your drawers and closets, or in your garden.
You can also put them in sachets and place them in various corners of your house. Any way you choose to do it, it will work wonders at keeping bugs away.
8. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is one sure way of getting rid of insects in your home. It’s a powder-like substance made from the remains of super tiny aquatic organisms and has a wide variety of uses.
It also contains calcium carbonate that repels bugs. You can sprinkle it on your carpets, in your cabinets and around the outside of your house to get rid of bed bugs, fleas, ants and even roaches. Diatomaceous Earth dries out bugs within 48 hours, allowing you to stop an infestation very quickly.
7. Thyme Oil
Thyme oil works well to protect you from malarial mosquitoes. It contains chemical compounds that provide you and your family with unmatched protection. From recent research, it was found that thyme oil can provide 91% protection against mosquito bites when it is applied directly to the skin.
If you’re outdoors or camping with friends, you can also add fresh thyme into the campfire and get up to 85 minutes protection. Pretty cool, right?
6. No Mosquito Bites with Garlic
Just the way garlic repels vampires in movies, it works against mosquitoes as well. Interesting right? It seems garlic is poisonous to bloodsuckers. The smell of garlic fends off mosquitoes as far as their smell detectors will allow, and they usually won’t return to sprayed areas for over a month.
You can easily make a DIY all-natural garlic spray by squeezing the juice of garlic cloves and placing it in a spray bottle. Spray around the outside of your home, and you’ll be free from those pesky bloodsuckers. We suggest you use this as an outside insect repellent only because the smell is difficult to get out.
5. Citrus Peels: Bugs Be Gone!
The smell of citrus is another scent that mosquitoes and gnats can’t stand. Research has shown that these pests will fly a thousand miles away from the scent of citrus until they can no longer pick up the smell of it.
So, if you’re looking for a natural insect repellent while you’re outdoors, wipe the rind of an orange or lemon on your skin. The oils from the rind will form a shield between you and the flying pests. Good news is that you’ll also smell good while at it!
4. Catnip for Creepy Crawlies
Recent studies have shown that catnip repels mosquitoes better than most insecticides in the market. Its all-natural components mean you won’t be applying toxic chemicals to your skin.
Thanks to the essential oils present in the catnip plant, its smell repels mosquitoes TEN TIMES better than the compounds found in retail products. However, you should take extra care to keep it away from your cat; if you have one, else your catnip will disappear.
3. Tea Tree Oil
If you’ve owned animals, you’ve probably seen a flea or two around your pets or livestock. Flea drugs are usually expensive and packed full of chemicals. Thanks to a natural-repellent like tea tree oil, you can quickly get rid of fleas in your home without worrying about harmful chemicals.
Insects don’t like the smell of tea tree oil, and it also contains chemical properties that kill fleas upon contact. Just pour the oil in a spray bottle and add a little water. Spray it around your house and watch how the fleas will be running for the hills!
2. Eucalyptus Oil
Mice detest pungent smells, and eucalyptus oil sure has a strong smell. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the spots where you’ve previously found mice droppings or where they usually frequent. You can also put it in a spray bottle and diffuse the scent around your home.
The sweet smell of the oil is pleasing to humans but awful to rodents. There you have it, the perfect solution to keep those home-wrecking menaces away.
1. Vanilla Extract for Insect Repellent
Vanilla extract is one DIY insect repellent we love to use. It repels a variety of insects including mosquitoes, flies, and gnats. Cool, right? Just add a tablespoon of vanilla extract in a container and mix it with a tablespoon of water. Apply it on your skin and enjoy a bug-free camping trip with your family and friends.
You can also put it in a spray bottle by adding one part vanilla to two parts water and spray it around your house. You would be surprised how those insects would keep a wide distance from you!