Items at Home That You Can Use To Keep Pests at Bay

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Inside the comfort of your own home, you share the space with minuscule, often unseen intruders such as insects and pests. Although there are lots of commercially available household pesticides, using them could mean exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. The harsh chemicals used in commercially available household pesticides could be dangerous to you and to your family’s health as well as to the environment, especially if you don’t have the proper training on how to use these.

Fortunately, there are a lot of available natural and non-toxic alternatives to help keep pests at bay. Here are some of the common household items that you can use to manage household pests.

Baking soda

An addition to the ever growing list of uses for baking soda is its role as a cockroach killer. Mix baking soda with equal parts of powdered sugar and spread the mixture around areas where the cockroaches are hiding. The baking soda and sugar mixture is a great cockroach killer.


Catnip contains nepetalactone. Nepetalactone is a substance that is non-toxic to humans and pets but is a natural repellant to cockroaches. You can prepare a “catnip tea” by boiling catnip in a small amount of water. Spray the solution in areas where cockroaches tend to hide.


Repel fleas with citrus. Prepare a solution by pouring a cup of boiling water over slices of lemon with the skin on for the release of more citrus oil. Let this citrus solution soak overnight and sponge it on your dog to kill fleas instantly.

Cucumber Peels

Bitter cucumbers work best as ant-repellant. Place cucumber peels or slices on areas where the ants enter your house. This natural remedy is effective and will not pose as a significant health risk to humans and to the environment.

Dried Lemon Peels

You can make your own natural moth repellant using dried lemon peels. Simply toss some dried lemon peels inside your clothes cabinet or you can make a moth-repelling sachet and tie them in cheesecloth, and hang them in your closet.


Garlic is another natural pesticide. It works best for repelling mosquitoes and Colorado potato beetles. Just grind garlic together with a small amount of water and apply the solution to areas where the pests may enter your house.


Several plants are known to repel pests. One of them is mint. You can plant mint around your doorways and windows to help deter ants, aphids and flies. Not only will the mint repel the pests, it will also produce a sweet scent that you can take pleasure in.

Neem Oil

Another effective and safe natural mosquito repellant is the Neem oil. It is a natural vegetable oil extract from the Neem Tree in India. Neem oil contains sallanin, which has effective mosquito repelling properties. It can also repel spider mites.

Rosemary leaves

Rosemary leaves are great for warding off fleas. You can grind the rosemary leaves until it turns into a fine dust and sprinkle it onto your pet or onto your pet’s beddings to ward off fleas.

Thai Lemon Grass

The Thai lemon grass is an effective and safe natural mosquito repellant. Just break a stalk from the clump of leaves and peel off the outer leaves. Bend the stem and rub it vigorously between your palms until it becomes a pulpy, juicy mass. Rub the extract on your exposed skin to help repel mosquitoes.

Before heading out to buy a mosquito repellent, check the items you have at home or go to your local stores to search for these items. Of course, it’s always best to consult pest control companies for regular maintenance to keep pests at bay.

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