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How To Get Rid Of Pesky Pests

Updated on April 2, 2020
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I am a mother of three wonderful adult children, and I'm also a born-again Christian. I love to share my personal experiences.


Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Unwanted Pests

It seems like every year there are the unwanted pests that we can just do without. Last year for me these were the wasps and bees. I had such a hard time getting rid of them. They would get in my barbecue, my shed, and above the house trim. I thought (at first) that it was easy for me to get rid of them with my handy dandy tools, a common stick or broom. But they got smart and decided to get into my bushes. Now that was a real challenge, not quite as easy as before.

I have two bushes in the front of my yard where the pesky wasps decided to make their hive, deep within one of them. With many efforts it was a hard thing to clear them, while staying safe as well. Hitting with my stick was a waste of time.

So my boyfriend came over all wrapped from his head to his toes, looking like a man from outer space. He attempted to get rid of that annoying hive that hid itself deep within my bush. I wondered why he went to the extreme of covering up and even taping the areas that were not closed tight. I just had to laugh (to myself) at the sight of him being so serious.

When I would likely tend to just get a stick and throw that sucker off myself, but in this case the hive was suddenly nowhere to be found, very cleaver of them wouldn't you say? I also saw the biggest wasp that I ever seen during my lifetime in Colorado, and then when my daughter was stung two times by a bee I thought that this is getting ridiculous, to say the least.

Having my daughter being afraid to go outside (in our own front yard), only to feel threatened by these bees and wasps was not pleasant for a mother to witness. Enough was enough, and something had to be done. They didn't even go away with my boyfriend spraying various chemicals, only killing more of the bush then it did the wasps. So then what was one to do? I just had to come up with something not as toxic, and also a way to just get rid of those pesky pests once and for all.

So my boyfriend bought me this container to hang in the front of my yard to catch those annoying bees and wasps that had stung my daughter several times. After I ran out of the liquid that you pour into the container I then had to find a household remedy to get rid of the pests once and for all.

You fill a container:

1. vinegar

2. sugar

3. salt

This attracts them into the container and hooray they are gone. What an easy way to keep those bees and wasps away from our yard. Cool huh? Not to mention we finally had a solution to our problem.

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Electronic hanging device that can get rid of flying bugs and insects such as; mosquitoes, moths, and any other insect that can buzz or fly around. It is child safe and prevents from clogging. Another option to get rid of those pesky insects or pests.

Pesty Ants - Indoor and Outdoors


Problem Two: I was recently having problems with pesky ants, not only outdoors but indoors as well.

I noticed them all over my dogs food bowl and no matter how hard I tried to get rid of them they just wouldn't go away.

Then I read somewhere that you can pour baking soda on the areas that you are having problems with. You can do this outdoors too. So I sprinkled a little of the baking soda powder in the areas of my laundry room, where they seemed to be gathering and under my dogs eating bowl.

Much to my amazement I haven't had another problem with the ants. But I now know what to do if they come back.

I told my girlfriend about it and she did the same thing within her garden area. There was a pile of ants where she didn't need them to be, and this solution helped her get rid of those ants as well. She was very grateful for the easy tip.

This solution is way too easy, and not as complicated as I thought it would be.

Insect repellent

Here is an all natural dust repellent to get rid of those nasty pests inside and/or outside of your home. It is safe around your pets, and it can even be rubbed into their fur and would not harm them. It gets rid of fleas, ants, cockroaches, bedbugs, carpet beetles, silverfish, tomato worms, tick control, etc., etc. So it is the perfect solution for a lot of pesty pests, indoors or outdoors.

Wild Cats can become pesty too


Problem 3:

First I must state that I truly feel sorry for the cats that don't have homes. There seems to be more and more of them wandering around my neighborhood. But what makes them really pesty is when they poop in your mulch designed landscape, this is when it becomes a huge nuisance.

I can't fault them for that this, they are naturally clean animals and they think of it as a litter box. But I don't want them doing that in my yard, sorry. Unfortunately they have more often than not, and I just can't allow that.

A neighbor told me that I can use moth balls, but I thought it would be simpler and less messy to use pepper or hot pepper (they really don't like sniffing it and it gets in their nostrils), but it worked because now I no longer see the feces in my yard.

Pepper the cat

I love cats, I just don't like it when they poop in my yard. But of course (most of us know) they can make great pets because they are clean animals, this is why they can mistake your mulch for a litter box. They are also cute soft stuffed animals. Meet Ty Beanie, she is such an adorable beanie.

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When I had Saber (our pet cat), I looked everywhere to find the right self cleaning litter box so that I wouldn't have to hassle with keeping it clean, scoopfree self cleaning litter box did the job well.

Not if I can help it:

Did you know that lemons aren't only good for eating and putting in a drink? They are also good to keep the spiders away. Yep this is true!

You can use a citrus spray, all you would need to do is have a spray bottle handy, and then mix it with water and lemon or lime juice.

Wipe your countertops with the spray using it on windowsills, where spiders tend to go. I personally find that in my shower downstairs that they like to make their webs there. So spray down your showers and bathtubs. And your doorways as well. It not only keeps spiders away but it leaves a nice clean smell to the areas.

In the garden area you can put lemon, orange or lime peelings. That tends to keep those spiders away.

Meantime make yourself a nice cold drink of water with a squeeze of lemon to the taste. Did you know that doing that is actually cleaning your system out because of the natural alkaline? But that is an entirely different thread to talk about. :)

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      7 years ago

      Wow!! Good techniques. Tell me about some tips for lizards. Thanks.

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      Melissa Miotke 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Great remedies! I would freak out if I saw some of these in my house:)

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      7 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @Oneshotvariety LM: Thanks Joey it pleases me that you like this lens :)

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      Oneshotvariety LM 

      7 years ago

      Excellent post! I had a friend that needed tips to get rid of these pesky unwanted pests. Bookmarked and shared! :]


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