11 natural pest control hacks that work like magic

The rains are here and so are those noisy, creepy pests! Keep your home bug-free and your health in check with 11 natural pest control hacks.


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Want to keep ants off your kitchen counters and other areas? Slice up a cucumber and leave it lying around in the affected areas. Ants can’t stand the taste and will pretty soon be gone.

Powdered Sugar

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Mix three parts boric acid with one part powdered sugar to get rid of cockroaches. The sugar attracts them, while the acid kills them. Sprinkle it in and around affected areas including cracks along the edges of cabinets and pantries.


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Flies hate the smell of basil. Place pots of basil along doorways, windowsills and kitchen counters. Alternatively, try putting dried basil in a muslin pouch and rubbing it occasionally to maintain the strong scent.


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Spiders detest citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your counters with the mixture or spray it around your home. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.


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Make a solution with equal parts of water and vinegar to wipe down countertops and other surfaces — anywhere you spot ants. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.


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Slice up onions, toss them into a bowl of water, and watch the bugs run. Onion plants in your garden also work at keeping the bugs from attacking plants growing next to them.


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Want an easy and tasty way to keep the mosquitoes off of you? Eat lots of garlic! When your body secretes the garlic, bugs will be able to sense it, and they will steer clear of you. You can also get the same effect by sprinkling garlic powder around your home.

Vanilla Extract

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If you want a less smelly option, try mixing vanilla extract with water. For some extra scent, you can also add lemongrass extract, lavender, or mint extracts to the mixture. Your home will smell great and you will be fighting off pests. Win-Win!

Cinnamon Oil

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Battling dust mites? Mix drops of cinnamon bark oil into a solution containing equal parts water and denatured alcohol. Spray bedding, carpets, and other areas where dust tends to collect. The best part? Your house will smell of freshly-baked cookies!


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Mosquitoes hate the strong scent of mint. Use the oil from mint extracts or just use the extract as it is to keep mosquitoes away. Pour it around in a spray bottle, or apply it on the exposed parts of your body. You can also try growing mint shrubs in your garden.


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Alternately salting and vacuuming your floors will kill flea eggs but since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be regular. Here’s a tip: Salt daily for nine days and vacuum every third day. Don’t forget to empty the vacuum every time.

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