Got pests? No problem. These DIY pest control tricks are your ticket to getting those bugs off your back. Before you call the calvary, give these a shot.
It’s Friday night. You’ve got a hot date coming over. You’ve cleaned the house. Shoved your dirty laundry under the bed (hope he doesn’t look under there). And you’ve lit a few romantic candles while you fixed him dinner.
It’s going to be a fantastically romantic evening. And then you see them. Your biggest nightmares. A cockroach, a horde of ants, and a mouse trooping across your kitchen like satan’s army.
It’s too late to call the pest control services. What do you do? Your hunk of a date is going to be here anytime.
Don’t scream. It’s going to be ok. There are some easy things you can do to take down the pests in your home.
This could also work as vampire repellent. But it’s really for bugs. Blend some mint leaves and garlic cloves. You were just cooking, right? So you should have these. Add some cayenne pepper and some dish soap. Boil the stuff.
Now, if you need it this instant, you could probably just pour some on the sucker right away. But it will make a mess. But for future use, chill it overnight in the fridge and then strain it into a spray bottle.
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Until they encounter coffee grounds. Then they run away. Really. They do.
All you need to do is put on a pot of coffee then sprinkle the used grounds around the house. Find out where the ants are coming from. Your date won’t think it’s cool to step on coffee grounds all night.
Even the mice will run away from this one. But it’s really just for bugs.
Take one gallon of water. Mix it with three tablespoons of hot pepper flakes. Heat it in a pan on simmer for about fifteen minutes. This brings out the hellfire in the spray i.e. pepper oils.
This is another one you will have to let sit for about 24 hours to let the flakes release all of their torment into the spray.
Once you’ve let it sit, strain it. Drop some dish soap in. Put it in a spray bottle. And now you have the cruelest insect repellent on the planet.
Spray it on plants or in cracks where ants and cockroaches might come in.
This is also a great way to keep squirrels from getting into bird seed. You see, birds don’t have salivary glands and thus they can’t feel the heat of the peppers. But squirrels sure do. Spray down that bird seed with a dish soap-less version and watch the squirrels freak.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
Really, any kind of alcohol will work for this one.
But fruit flies are the worst infestation. They are gross. Just nasty. And you will always have a hard time getting rid of them.
First, put all fruit in the fridge. Don’t leave any out.
Then, get a salt shaker, fill the bottom with apple cider or rum. Drop in some dish soap to break the water tension. And then set it out. Watch them flock to it. They’ll crawl into their sweet and drunken death.
5. Borax And Sugar.
Certainly not sugar and spice. But ants sure think it is. Until they die!
Take 1/2 cup of sugar. 1 Cup of warm water. Mix the two with 2 tablespoons of borax.
Put it in a shallow lid of some sort and place it where the ants march. They’ll even take some of it to their next and kill more over time.
So, now you can enjoy your Friday night. Just don’t let the bed bugs bite!