5 Natural Pest Control DIYs You Need to Try
There’s a number of different products on the market you can get for pest control.
But sometimes, we need something that’s a little gentler and safer to use around our kids and pets.
Chemically based products are extremely powerful and can definitely get the job done. However, if you have a pest problem that’s in a sensitive area, you might want to opt for a natural solution.
Luckily, essential oils are proven to be just as effective as some chemical solutions when it comes to pest control! We made a list of some of our favorite recipes from items you already have in your pantry, and are proven to get rid of pests.
Bug Bite Relief Solution
For this recipe, you’ll need to get a small spray bottle, a roller ball, or an eye dropper. To make your own DIY bug bite relief remedy, mix together:
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops either eucalyptus or citronella essential oil
Funnel mixture into an empty ½ oz roller ball, or eye dropper container. Apply to the affected area(s). You can also use it as a perfume or for aromatherapy purposes. The lavender oil is very calming, and is an anti-inflammatory. Both eucalyptus and citronella have been used for medicinal purposes, and have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Many chemical products for bug bites use alcohol, which can actually irritate skin.
This solution is effective on almost any bug you could imagine from mosquitos to even bed bugs. For this recipe, you’ll need a small spray bottle. To make your own DIY lavender repellent at home, mix together:
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lavender oil, citronella, or cedarwood essential oil
Funnel the mixture into your small spray bottle, and use all over your body. Be sure to avoid your eyes and mouth, and look for any adverse reactions. Lavender and cedarwood are known insect repellers on sucking or moisture-loving insects. This solution can be used around pets if you’re afraid of DEET being harmful to your furry ones. Be sure to use lavender if you do want to use the repeller on your pet, as some essential oils are harmful to pets.
Insect Repellant for Plants
If you have an infestation, check your plants to see if they’re the source. There’s lots of pests such as gnats and “sucking” insects that love to gather on plants. For this recipe, you’ll need a medium spray bottle. To make your own DIY insect plant repellent and killer, mix together:
The natural liquid soap will ensure the oil and water don’t separate. Funnel mixture into a spray bottle and shake well before using. Use the solution plants every 3 days to repel invasive insects. If you find it’s not strong enough, add more essential oils. Neem has been widely used in the gardening community to protect vegetation from moisture-loving insects. This mixture can even kill aphids, whiteflies, mites, and earwigs upon contact.
Natural Cleaner to Repel Pests
You have an area in your home that’s close to your children or someone with sensitivities, you might want a natural cleaner. Even if you do decide to use a chemically based solution, you can still use this solution as an added layer of protection. For instance, you can use this to refresh and clean garbage and recycling bins, and keep pests away! For this recipe, you’ll need a large spray bottle. To make your own natural cleaner, mix together:
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon natural dish soap
- 1 tbsp lemongrass or citronella essential oil
- 1 tbsp tea tree essential oil
Funnel the mixture into your spray bottle. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, and the soap will stop everything from separating.
Natural Window Cleaner to Repel Pests
The best way to stop pests is to deter them from coming inside. Pests that have strong scent receptors such as ants, rodents, or spiders will often enter homes through windows or doors. Use this solution to effectively clean windows and keep pests out! For this recipe, you’ll need a large spray bottle. To make your own DIY window cleaners, mix together:
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 tsp peppermint essential oil
Pests generally stay away from anything with a strong scent like mint. But luckily for humans, it smells amazing to us!
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