The heat of summer brings with it many unwanted pests. Countless little pests running around the house invading every nook and cranny they can find their way into. While most of us use pest control, there always seems to be those escapees that you can’t seem to get rid of. That’s where these helpful tips come into play.
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Try these DIY bug-zapping recipes below to save your wallet and home from the pesky intruders.
Yeah, they’re tiny and virtually harmless, but when ants start marching through your kitchen like they own the place, it’s a problem. Depending on your preference, you can either kill them or repel them.
Lemon juice: Spray or squirt lemon where ants enter (walls, cracks, etc.), and the scent will deter them.
Chalk: Sounds funny, but people claim that by drawing chalk lines at entry points, ants won’t cross the path. The calcium in it acts as a repellent, and gardeners tout chalk powder for its effectiveness, too.
Cinnamon and clove: One of Granny’s faves. Combine these two powders together and sprinkle around the house to keep ants away.
Cornmeal: Using cornmeal indoors or outdoors is known to get rid of ants and their nests.
White vinegar: Spray a solution of ½ water, ½ vinegar where they hang out and the smell will drive them away.
BORAX: MIXED WITH SUGAR, WATER, AND DISH SOAP INTO A SPRAY, THIS RECIPE IS A DISASTER FOR ANTS. YOU CAN ALSO MAKE BORAX BOMBS BY DIPPING A COTTON BALL INTO A SOLUTION OF BORAX AND SUGAR AND SETTING THEM OUT.
RED PEPPER: CAYENNE POWDER BLASTED INTO CRACKS, ANTHILLS, OR ANY OTHER SPOT WILL KILL THEM.
HONEY TRAPS: WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW BY SICILIAN PRINCE TO SEE HOW TO WHOOP ANT BUTTS WITH HONEY. SERIOUSLY.
They bite your pets, but they bite people, too. Ugh. To get rid of the tiny vampires, try these methods.
Borax: This versatile powder can be sprinkled on surfaces to kill and deter fleas, but be careful about using it near your pets and children. Leave it on the floors for 12 to 48 hours before vacuuming it up.
Rosemary: Steep 1 to 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves in boiling water; after it’s cooled, mix with your pet’s bath water for a flea dip. Allow your pet to air dry.
Apple cider vinegar: Add a capful to your pet’s drinking water daily; fleas don’t like the taste of sour blood.<
Dish soap: Used as either a bath shampoo or trap, dish soap kills fleas. To make a trap, get 1 shallow dish (or more) and fill it with warm water. Add a few drops of dish soap and place on the floor, close to light.
Everyone’s favorite immortal creature – the roach – can be defeated with the right tools.
Diatomaceous earth: Great for getting rid of fleas too, FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth placed around the house will dehydrate the bugs from the inside out. Another bonus? It’s harmless to pets.
Baking soda: Mix it with powdered sugar to lure them into a digestive death trap. Once ingested, their guts disintegrate.
Borax: You can’t go wrong with this one: 3 parts borax to 1 part sugar. Sprinkle in cracks, crevices, cabinets or floors. It has the same effect as the baking soda cocktail.
Though using Borax is very effective, you want to be careful about pets and kids inhaling or ingesting the loose powder. For more serious bug infestations, longer application periods for these remedies may be needed, or you may decide to hire a professional exterminator.