Eww! Bugs and spiders – I cannot stand them!
Many of you have probably already started stocking up on the Mortein and Aeroguard, which work fabulously, but because our website is all about using cheaper (and more natural) products, we thought we’d provide you with some of those alternatives to deterring pests in and around your home. We do advise, though, that if you are pregnant or have a serious health condition, that you consult a health professional or natural therapist before using any essential oils, as they may have adverse effects.
There’re a few different ways you can deter ants from entering your home. Essential oils such as clove oil, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils are great ant deterrents. You can put a few drops of these oils (not all together!) on cotton balls and put them around where ants get in. Or you can make up a spray by mixing these ingredients in a spray bottle.
- 3 drops clove oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus oil
- 2/3 cup (150ml) white spirits (vodka or methylated spirits)
- 3/4 cup (200ml) water.
Alternatively, sprinkling some talcum powder or plain flour around ant trails and nests can stop them in their tracks. It’s a good idea to make sure you keep your kitchen and other areas of the house free from food and other things that will attract ants.
Another option is grated cucumber. Place the grated cucumber in the ant’s path, and apparently, they will be gone in 24 hours. Haven’t tried this one, but at least, it’s nice and natural!
Wipe surfaces such as skirting boards and door and window frames with straight tea tree oil or peppermint oil. Centipedes and millipedes find this overwhelming and will be repelled.
To stop cockroach infestations, try rubbing tea tree oil on shelves and skirting boards, and to keep them out of your cupboards, leave an end of a cucumber on a cupboard shelf until it shrivels. A good way to trap cockroaches is to grease the inside of a plastic milk or juice bottle with oil and leave about 10cm stale beer in the bottom of the bottle. The cockroaches are attracted to it and will climb in but won’t be able to get out!