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5 Natural Pest Repellents

Updated on May 26, 2008

Safe alternatives to commercial pesticides

I Know each crearure here on earth has a purpose and I don't deny them their space...I just don't like bugs in my house...or in my food...or on Me ! So I have found this list of natural repellents and they do work..Although I haven't had to try them a report would be nice :o)

ANTS..Sprinkle cinnamon, bay leaves, cayenne pepper or baby powder in problem areas and along baseboards and windowsills

COCKROACHES..Sprinkle equal parts baking soda and confectioners' sugar in problem area.

MICE..Place cotton dipped in peppermint oil near problem areas. Used kitty litter is another repellent.

MOSQUITOES.. Mix 2 teas. of apple vinegar in a glass of water placed on your deck or balcony or dab lavender oil on your wrists and elbows.

FLIES..Small sachets of crushed mint placed around the home will discourage flies. So will a potted sweet basil plant..--Sid Kirchheimer


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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I believe it will work fine...and sure let them run to the neighbors hee hee and then tell them what to do and the mice can run back and forth..and I thank you for the comment.G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Good Ideas, we have many birds and therefore mice are a real pain. I would love to get rid of them. One day my little trap caught 7 small ones. I cannot use poisons because of birds and of course our dogs. Could not risk them being poisoned. I found our neighbours were poisoning mice. So spoke to them and not doing anymore, they hadnt thought of mice dying and our little dogs picking them up when die on our property. They understand now.

      Ants are also a problem. I use borax mixed with sugar.

      Good hub. Will try that on the mice maybe they will run to neighbours houses. Gee I wish they would. Thanks

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      oh Mr.M ...You are such a sweetie...Thanks for you and your comments that always make me smile. G-MA:O) HUGS

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Thanks Ma,

      I will do the cockroach thing next time we get their annual visit.

      They don'tike the bombs but you way sounds better.

      When is not it? You can make a hub called I did it my way

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      The Industry Gian...Well please let me know about sorry abt your dog. :o( I don't have one so am not able to try it. Thank you for your comment..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      The Industry Gian 9 years ago from Winnipeg

      I will have to try the mosquito one with the mosquitoe being Manitoba's Provincial bird. As one of my dogs is currently a cancer survivor, toxic chemicals cannot be used at this time. So a safe natural control will be welcomed on my patio.