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Natural Pest Control from your Pantry

Updated on February 21, 2013

Sometimes insects and vermin invade our homes and we seek ways to get rid of them. We call professional pest control businesses that use complicated chemicals or we go to the store and buy some magic in a bottle. But what would you say if I told you that you probably have everything you need to get rid of some of these pests right there in your pantry or that there were easy inexpensive ways to prevent them from invading your space in the first place? I am about to tell you a few tricks that will save you money and time fighting pests.

Pest control companies may use toxic and foul smelling chemicals. Why endure that when you can simply make something right in your kitchen that is very effective and cheap? To rid your home of ants all you need is a spray bottle with soapy water that you can either spray directly on the ants or spray in locations they tend to congregate. Or you can make a dry satchel of dried mint and cloves and set it where they enter your home. You can also keep ants out by soaking a string in lemon oil or cayenne pepper and placing it across the area they seem to enter. Ants will not go near the lemon oil or pepper, they hate the scent of mint and coves and soapy water kills them. Now you have easy cheap ways to rid your home of ants.

If you have dust mites or bed bugs the simple solution is the best solution. There are companies out that that are working hard to convince folks that they really need their powerful techniques to rid your home of these bugs, but it just isn’t true. All you really need to do is change the bedding regularly, vacuum the mattress while the bedding is being washed in 130 degree or hotter water. The soap will not rid you of bugs, but the heat will kill them every time.

To get rid of pantry pests like cockroaches, silver fish, and other larvae laying bugs all you really need is prevention methods such as tight and secure containers made of plastic or steel to prevent them from getting in and starting their little families. You should also pay close attention to expiration dates on goods. The longer they are left in your cabinets the more likely that the larvae will mature into adults that will start the cycle all over again.

Use these few simple homemade control methods to get a handle on home invasion by pests.


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    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I am lucky. My wife is a terrible cook. :)) Seriously, thank you for this.


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