A study of 50 American homes found that each house had between 32 and 211 different arthropods (such as ants, spiders, and beetles) living in it.
So, how do you get rid of the bugs you find in your house?
Let’s explore our top five methods for successfully eliminating those annoying household pests.
1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Eliminate Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are a nuisance, but apple cider vinegar can be used as a trap. All you need is:
- A few mason jars or coffee mugs
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dish soap
Pour two to three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your jar or mug. Add a drop of dish soap. The soap breaks the vinegar’s tension and makes the flies drown.
Place the jars in areas where the fruit flies are most present. The flies will be attracted to the smell of the vinegar but will drown once they hit the liquid. As more flies enter your trap, don’t forget to rinse and replace the jars.
2. Sprinkle Black Pepper to Get Rid of Ants
Ant complaints are one of the most common bug problems. Fortunately, a simple ingredient in your cupboard acts as a natural ant repeller: black pepper.
Look for areas where the ants congregate. Sprinkle a dash of black pepper, and the ants will flee. You can also put black pepper in your cabinets and other ant-infested areas to prevent the bugs from returning.
3. Natural Oils Repel Bugs You Find in Your House
When it comes to getting rid of bugs, try using essential oils.
Lavender oil naturally repels fleas, flies, mosquitos, and moths. Keep lavender plants around your house or spray lavender oil in bug-infested areas.
Peppermint oil eliminates ants, spiders, and mosquitos. Spray the oil around your home or use mint leaves to keep the bugs away.
If these natural methods aren’t doing the trick, sometimes pest control professionals are necessary. These experts will eliminate infestations, while essential oils and plants can prevent the bugs from returning.
4. Try Baking Soda and Sugar to Kill Roaches
Dealing with bugs is one thing, but no one wants to see a cockroach scurrying across their kitchen floor. But a little concoction of baking soda and sugar can attract and kill the roaches.
Mix powdered sugar with baking soda in a shallow bowl or plate. Place the mixture in areas you typically find cockroaches.
The insects will be attracted to the sugar, but the baking soda creates stomach gas that kills the roaches. The next morning, you should find a few dead cockroaches near your trap.
5. Prevent Critters Using Lemon
The key to successful bug control is keeping a clean sink. The smell of lingering food attracts ants, fruit flies, and other insects.
Prevent bugs inside your home by leaving lemon rinds in your sink. The tart odor naturally repels insects. You can also squeeze fresh lemon juice on a paper towel and wipe it over your sink or countertops to keep bugs out of your kitchen.
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There are a variety of ways to kill bugs you find in your house. Natural methods like essential oils and apple cider vinegar can do the trick, but you also can rely on your local pest control experts to lend a hand.
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