DIY pest control for under $50
Smart Tips for Natural DIY Pest Control
Pests can be such a nuisance, especially in the home setup. Controlling pests has often proven to be a tiring and expensive process. This can become even harder and costlier if the infestation you are trying to treat has gotten out of hand and you have to hire professionals to do the job for you.
However, you need not worry, some various DIY methods and products can save you the headache, and the money due to their inexpensiveness.
Have a look at some of these products and methods that can save you the hassle and most importantly, the money.
1. Ant deterrent spray
Ants commonly infest in large numbers in the spring. There are easy ways of countering the infestation at home without using a lot of effort and money.
To prepare the ant deterrent spray, rush to the nearest store and get some witch hazel and peppermint essential oil. To purchase all these items, you will need no more than $40.
Mix the ingredients and then add the mixture to a spray can with water. You do not need to add a lot of water since you will just be spraying. Spray the mixture in areas where you have noticed ant infestations. For some reason, ants detest the smell of peppermint. The witch hazel will kill the ants and effectively keep them at bay.
This is an effective way of keeping ants away from your home without having to use chemicals.
2. Garlic-mint insect spray
Flying insects are pests that can cause considerable damage in and out of the house. From devouring cooked and uncooked food to destroying plants in the garden, these insects can pose a major threat to our normal and comfortable home lifestyle. Controlling them can be such a hideous task.
There are numerous methods and products that we can use to control infestations of insects such as bedbugs, fleas, cockroaches and flying insects. Most products and methods might require you to consult a professional, making it very costly. That should not worry you, as you can create your own effective DIY control product.
Garlic mint insect spray is made at home by blending garlic cloves and mint leaves with dishwashing powder. Should cost you less than $20. To make it more effective, boil the concoction and let it sit overnight.
Garlic is a powerful insect repellent and works in the long-term, about two months. Mint leaves, on the other hand, are very pungent. This helps to deter insects from entering your home or garden. Insects detest the smell of mint leaves. While it does not kill them, it keeps them away for a long time.
Why go through the hassle of buying chemicals and having an expert treat insect infestations when you can do it yourself?
3. Dust mite oil repellent
Dust mites are microscopic and you can find them everywhere around the house. They can cause serious problems to people with asthma or allergies. Vacuuming them is an easy way to get rid of them but it is not as effective.
To make your own dust mite repellant spray, mix garlic cloves, peppermint or lavender oil in a spray bottle with some water. For an effective spray, add tannic acid to the mixture. Tannic acid is a major remedy to your dust mite problem. It denatures the enzymes in dust mites that cause allergies. One gram of tannic acid costs $14 so generally, preparing the mixture saves you money.
Mites detest the scent of mint or garlic and they will avoid it by all means even if it means staying away from your home. Spray the mixture in areas where you suspect infestation of dust mites. It will get rid of existing dust mites and ensure that dust mites do not come in to your premises.
You can achieve all this without having to use a lot of effort and money, or hiring a professional.
4. Essential oils repellent
Essential oils can be used in many creative ways around the house. From being air freshners to being used as remedies for ant infestations, essential oils are a must have in any average household. In addition to all this, essential oils can also be used at home as mosquito repellents.
Mosquitoes are a real nuisance, especially during the long, warm days in the summer. A mosquito repellent made from essential oils will help you fight mosquitoes.
You can prepare essential oils repellent using lemon, eucalyptus, or peppermint essential oils. First, you have to dilute the oils. Rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or vodka would do. Don’t skip this step because the oils will float on water. Once you have finished diluting, pour in to a spray bottle and add water and witch hazel.
Take great care when using this repellent. You must keep it away from pets and children. Make sure not to ingest the mixture or let it enter your eyes. To use, mist directly on your skin. Do not use directly from the bottle as it could cause skin irritation.
For as little as $40, you have a mosquito repellent that is not toxic, has a nice scent and eliminates the risks that mosquitoes come with. This is more effective and less costly than other chemical repellents.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a must have ingredient for most homes. It can be great for your baked products but ants are terrified of it. Did you know a small ant carries up to 40 times its weight, but they can be a nuisance when allowed to infest your home.
Baking soda is used to control ant infestations. To make an ant repellent, mix equal portions of baking soda and powdered sugar. The purpose of the sugar is to attract ants. Ants are notorious sugar eaters. Once the ants consume the mixture of sugar and baking soda, it interferes with their natural body chemistry.
Baking soda does not kill ants instantly. Instead, the ants live long enough to go back to their colonies and infect their mates with the poison.
With just baking soda, which goes for $25 per half a kilo, you can control ant infestation in your home, saving time and money in the process.