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Household Pests

How to deter household pests, the environmentally friendly way

Obviously the best way to discourage pests moving into your home is by keeping it clean, tidy, rubbish free, vacuuming and dusting frequently.
But if you have unwanted little critters in your home, we have some environmentally friendly options for you to use as an alternative to insecticides.

Ants – to deter

Spray shelves and surfaces with pennyroyal oil in a little water, or rub directly undiluted.

Cut a lemon and place in cupboard corners

Place ground cloves in cupboard corners

Place cucumber ends near the area

A few drops of eucalyptus oil near the area

Arrange peppermint or spearmint leaves near the area
To kill them

Combine the following ingredients

600ml water

60g borax

60g boracic acid

Place in a pot and heat to make a syrup. Then get a plastic soft drink / soda bottle with a lid, soak cotton wool in the syrup and put them through the top, put the lid on a cut a hole in the side of the bottle for the ants to enter as they pass by.

Mice – to deter

Ensure all food is packed in metal or glass containers.

Place pots of mint in the kitchen

Hang mint or tansy in the kitchen cupboards

Oil of peppermint rubbed around the places you think the mice may live.

To kill them

Use traps, mice love cheese, peanut butter, bacon, rats love Brazil nuts. Remember to check your traps regularly to get rid of any dead mice or rats.

Cockroaches – to deter

Sprinkle pyrethrum powder or oil around where they have invaded

Put cucumber ends in the cupboards, leave them until they are dried up, and then replace them with new.

Dust boracic acid in cupboards

Mix powdered borax and sugar and sprinkle around the refrigerator and stove oven

Use a soft drink / soda bottle with a hole cut in it for the cockroaches to enter, place 5% Borax in sugar in the bottle.

Wipe eucalyptus oil around cupboards

Soak a rag in beer and leave out over night in a shallow dish.

Flies – to deter

Leave bay leaves on the windowsill

Leave crushed mint out on the bench

Camphor tablets can be positioned by rubbish / garbage bins.

Hang leaves or place in a vase, lavender, pennyroyal or rue, rub often to release the scent.

A pot of growing basil in the kitchen

Small pots of tansy

To catch flies make sticky honey paper! Take some yellow paper and spread with honey.

Or run around the house with a fly swat.

Mosquitoes – to deter

Ensure you have no still water around your home outside as they breed in water.

Natural repellants for your body, baby oil, citronella, castor oil or lavender oil rubbed on the skin. (Check bottle for correct amounts).

To repel use citronella or pyrethrum candles, mosquito nets or coils.

Mosquitoes don’t like basil, so grow the herb in pots and place strategically.

Written by Lee Brown

About the Author – Lee Brown

Lee Brown is the co founder of interiordezine.com, she has worked in the Interior Design Industry for over 23 years, specializing in commercial, hospitality, high end architectural homes and retail design. Over the past 13 years Lee and Chris Brown have been collating their wealth of design knowledge to provide free interior decorating education to the world. Make sure you register for your free ecourse today. Free Interior Decorating eCourse
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