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Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

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Our sources of chemical exposure are endless. Anything you can do to cut down on chemicals in your environment helps. If you are still having pest control come to your house and spray, you might think about trying a few of these ideas and reducing that chemical exposure.

 1. Diatomaceous Earth

Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

This powder is a soft sedimentary rock mostly composed of silica. It works against bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, crickets, ticks and spiders. Your use will differ depending on the bugs you are trying to control. Basically it works by pulling the lipids out of the bugs and destroying their exoskeleton. You can sprinkle it around the outside of your house and in cracks, corners, crevices inside your house.If you have a bed bug or flea problem you can sprinkle it on your mattress, in your carpet etc and then vacuum it up later. DE is safe but since it is a very fine powder you want to avoid inhaling it and it will also pull the oils out of human skin so use gloves if you don’t want dry/cracked hands. If you have pets watch to make sure they aren’t overly interested in the DE.

 2. Cayene Spray

Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

Many bugs including spiders taste with their feet. They do not enjoy spicy things. If you want to keep spiders away a good trick is to make cayenne pepper spray. You can make a “tea” by adding cayenne pepper to water and bringing it to a boil then let it simmer for 15-30 minutes. Once this tea cools add it to a spray bottle and you have homemade spider deterent. This also works on your garden if pests are getting in and eating your food you can spray your plants (they won’t mind cayenne but the pests will!)

 3. Catnip

Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

Safe and Natural ways to Control Pests Around Your Home

Catnip is a natural repellent to cockroaches. You can place tea bags of catnip behind appliances, in cabinets etc. Or just like the cayenne you can make a tea out of it to spray around your house. Completely harmless to humans but may drive your cats a little crazy!

Dr. Sara Jean Barrett

Dr. Barrett is a licensed naturopathic physician who utilizes homeopathy, herbal medicine, dietary modifications and nutritional supplementation to guide her patients back to health. In addition to running her own practice, Alternative Solutions for Health, she teaches classes on naturopathic therapies, writes articles and speaks at public events.

Dr. Sara Jean Barrett

Dr. Barrett is a licensed naturopathic physician who utilizes homeopathy, herbal medicine, dietary modifications and nutritional supplementation to guide her patients back to health. In addition to running her own practice, Alternative Solutions for Health, she teaches classes on naturopathic therapies, writes articles and speaks at public events.

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JaineChapman
JaineChapman 5pts

Hi what would you use for mice, rats...

I use rat sack but looking for a user friendly idea..

Thank you

correysmith321
correysmith321 5pts

The advice that got my attention was the use of cayene spray. That's something that I have yet to try out because it sounds really new to me. Maybe it  could be a tip for me to try out in order to get rid of the pest control problems that's in my house. http://www.hadleypestcontrol.com/services.html 

LevyRedfox
LevyRedfox 5pts

These are some really good tips about how to control pest. Do you have any advice about how to control bed bugs? I am having some family coming to visit from England and I am worried about them bring bed bugs. I would like to have a plan ready just in case they do bring them over. 

Felix Perez
Felix Perez 5pts

Thank you I need link for mice please

Elvira Cavlovic
Elvira Cavlovic 5pts

a question of the type of essential oil that we can drink what type and where to buy

Linda Barrientes
Linda Barrientes 5pts

Been using it from 2 yrs,,,,it .WORKS!!!,,,,,,,& DIATOMACOUS. FOOD GRADE,,,take it myself,\U0001f497,,

Mona Rathindranath
Mona Rathindranath 5pts

Do you have a method to get rid of lizards. I haave a major problem

RajeshParkar
RajeshParkar 5pts

Hang egg shell in the kitchen area. Or near their location.

Suri Tse
Suri Tse 5pts

Definitly trying the catnip since it doesn't seem to have any effect on my cat and i have so much. I read somewhere that ants hate cucumbers for some reason. Any idea?

Suri Tse
Suri Tse 5pts

I need something for ants!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for the information! :)

Deborah Dobias
Deborah Dobias 5pts

I appreciate this info & am not so much interested in killing the insects as I am in repelling them. \U0001f495

Ashley Friedland
Ashley Friedland 5pts

Or try this great product line called EcoSMART! That's definitely my favorite.

wickedsox386
wickedsox386 5pts

You can buy "food grade" Diatomaceous earth that's safe to get on your hands or even put on your pet that has fleas.

Tracie Griswold
Tracie Griswold 5pts

Spray your plants with peroxide and water mix it works for my plant-:

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing! :) Kedar Borgaonkar

Ram Narayan Mahto
Ram Narayan Mahto 5pts

इन क़िटानु से वचने के उपाई वतावे।

Sylvia C Quiroz
Sylvia C Quiroz 5pts

I need a more natural way for my pest friends. As long as they don't harm dogs and birds....

Kedar Borgaonkar
Kedar Borgaonkar 5pts

Try Neem powder with caster oil. It works to some extent.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Follow the article! :)all the information is in it! :) Fatima Shaikh

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

You can also protect your gardens with copper wires which block them from entering the garden! Fatima Shaikh :)

Barbara O'Hare White
Barbara O'Hare White 5pts

Have you tried filling an empty tuna can with beer? The snails drink the beer and die.