Are you allergic to insecticides and pesticides with strong odor? Here are some natural methods you can use to get rid of the pests that reside in your kitchen. Even if you are not allergic, use of strong toxic chemicals near your food doesn’t sound like a good idea.
People have been using natural herbs and essential oils to keep bugs away from their food for thousands of years. The antimicrobial properties of many household items like vinegar, baking soda, cedar, lavender and many others are not obscure. You can mix different ingredients and use them in various ways to tackle with different types of pests. These very effective natural techniques clear your home of bugs and leave an invigorating natural odor like lavender. After knowing all this, buying expensive insecticides with strong toxic and adverse effects will not be smart.
Tricks to Deal with Common Pests
Weevils and Mites
Are you tired of finding weevils and mites in your flour bag? Here is the simple technique, using which you can store flour for longer periods without worrying about mites and weevils.
- Put some nutmegs in your flour container and spread them throughout the container.
Having mice in your home can be a big problem. This is because they proliferate, about 7 to 10 times a year. Therefore, deal with them as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will have to deal with a hundred instead of two.
- Add 3 teaspoons of peppermint to 2 cups of water. Mix it well and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it where you find mouse’s fecal matter or wherever you expect them to stay.
- Place few twigs of fresh peppermint in your kitchen cabinets. Replace the sprigs when they dry out.
- Mix some sugar and washing soda. Sprinkle the mixture in the areas where they love to hide.
(Note: Use this method only if you don’t have toddlers and pets.)
Silverfish, earwigs and centipedes
Such insects are mostly found in areas that are moist. Cabinets with plumbing fixtures, under the basin, besides water coolers and refrigerators are some of their favorite hiding places.
Place drops of any of these oils, on areas where you expect them to hide, especially the areas mentioned above.
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Citronella essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
A few ants don’t sound like much trouble, but when a colony invades your home, this can be very miserable. A whole army of ants reside in their colonies, which they may make in your home or even inside. They march into your pantry through doorway cracks and windowsills to ruin all what you stored there.
- Wet a sponge or a piece of cloth with citronella or peppermint essential oil and wipe all your cabinets, pantry and other kitchen fixtures with it.
- Place few drops of either of the oils on the paths through which they enter your home, like doorway cracks and windowsills.