Spring is in full swing, but the beautiful weather also has some drawbacks. As soon as the temperatures rise, several pests become active again. Common insects like insects and rodents are on the rise and sometimes you need to act really fast before they take over your home. In this article, we will show you some effective methods and home remedies against pests that are easy to use and do not harm the environment. Try them yourself so that the annoying pests keep their distance from your home during the hot season.
The best home remedies that help against common pests in the spring and summer
The hot weather is upon us, and with it comes a horde of pests that can sneak into your home if you are not careful. From ants on the kitchen table, to mosquitoes attacking your houseplants, to mice and rats running amok in your basement. Any kind of pest infestation can make life difficult for you at home. But instead of looking for backward-looking solutions on how we can get rid of them, we should take steps to prevent them from invading in the first place. Here are some simple but effective methods you can try to prevent pests from invading your home.
Cinnamon in the potting soil
When it comes to spider mites, fungal mosquitoes, whiteflies and other common pests, there is a simple preventative measure that your grandmother probably knows as well. Just sprinkle the soil with cinnamon. The aromatic spice not only repels the pests, but can also act as a natural insecticide if you already have a small infestation. Simply sprinkle cinnamon powder on the ground and foliage on your plants, and get peace of mind knowing that you will never have to deal with an attack again.
Another bonus: Cinnamon serves as plant protection and also helps fight fungus and mold on plants.
Plant basil as a home remedy for pests like flies
Do you constantly need to chase flies out of your house? Whether you have a window with a hole in the screen or they sneak in through open doors, no one likes their incessant buzz around the house. Plant basil on your windowsills to create a natural shelter around your home. The scent of basil deters flies, so plant it in places where they usually crawl to keep them away from your home. The good news is that basil is not toxic to dogs or cats.
Reject ants with vinegar
To keep ants away from the house and terrace, you should always wipe the (outdoor) kitchen after eating so that there are no crumbs that can attract uninvited guests. Sometimes, however, they are persistent and still come to explore the area. If they spot food, they leave scent marks that other ants follow, which can result in a major attack. To prevent this from happening, be sure to seal any cracks near doors and windows with caulk to prevent them from getting in so easily. You can destroy an already established ant trail with water and vinegar in the ratio 1: 1.
Reject mice with steel wool
Sure, no one likes to see rodents strolling in their basement or on their foot panel, but many people do not want to harm them either. If you have a mouse problem, carefully placed steel wool can prevent the animals from entering your home. Wrap medium-sized steel wool in the holes along your foundation that mice like to sneak through. The rodents do not like the stinging sensation when they try to chew through the wool and can go elsewhere.
Use fragrant plants against fruit flies
Fruit flies are a nuisance, but you can keep them out of your home with the power of some scents. It is said that the scent of basil, peppermint, cloves, eucalyptus and lavender holds them back. You can simply pack these herbs in small bags and distribute them around the home. If you do not want bags of herbs lying on the windowsill or table, you can also use essential peppermint oils in a diffuser that has been scientifically proven to be effective.
Popular home remedy for pests: Drive dust mites away with essential oils
Whether you suffer from allergies or just want to make sure you do not have microscopic insects on your mattress, you can keep the dust mite population to a minimum and repel them with a non-toxic do-it-yourself spray. Mix vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 1, then add a few drops of lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to repel these annoying insects. Shake and spray on everything from your mattress to your sofa to your curtains for the best results.
Reject cockroaches with fabric softener
Cockroaches do not like the smell of fabric softener. Then make a repellent spray by mixing rinse aid with water in a spray bottle, using 3 parts rinse aid for 1 part water. Spray daily in places where cockroaches traditionally bother you (such as kitchen cabinets and trash cans), and you may not see cockroaches again this season.