This website is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission.

Natural Ways to Bug-Proof Your House

Last Updated: 05.10.20

 

While on this website, you’ll be able to find pretty much anything related to drill presses, no amount of force will protect your house against stealthy bugs and you know it. The good news, however, is that for every bug invader, there’s a natural repellent out there, made with essential oils, ready to deter it. 

 

Why you need this

Insects are bothersome no matter the time of the year so it is only natural that all of us would like our house to be pest-free. However, most of the solutions available to us to achieve this goal are filled with chemicals and pesticides, both of them way too toxic to keep or be exposed to in large quantities. 

This is because these substances, while very harmful to insects, are also very harmful to your family and even your pets so one should exercise great caution when using them. If you can, it’s always better to use some natural repellents that can make your life just as easy but without the toxicity problem.

Since we like to help and be prepared for any possible scenarios, we want to show you some simple yet effective tricks to say bye-bye to those pesky household guests in a non-damaging, environmental-friendly way. Problem is, not many of us are natural-born chemists so most of these solutions, while apparently basic, can be hard to know without proper knowledge.

 

 

Cockroaches

Not only are cockroaches disgusting to see as they tend to get everywhere around the house but the thing is, they are also capable of carrying some very nasty diseases. Due to this, there are many products that you can buy from the store and use against them but these tend to be just as toxic in their own way.

Fortunately, we know a trick that is very safe and extremely cheap and, most important, it actually works. What you have to do is simply chop one onion, add one tablespoon of baking soda and mix the entire thing really well. Apply it in the corners of your house and, if you do it daily, you should notice results in a short while and live a happy, roach-free life.

 

Ticks

These pesky insects can be quite different when it comes to their size and color so it will sometimes be very hard to tell them apart. However, it is extremely important to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from these little bad guys because they can be not only harmful but even deadly. 

If pesticides aren’t your thing or you cannot even use them once or twice due to the fact that you own pets, you will be very happy with our solution since it is safe and works as well as any factory-made repellent.

For humans

What you have to do is mix about twenty drops of rose geranium essential oil with ten drops of sweetgrass essential oil. Once you have that mixture, make sure to add 5 more drops of lavender essential oil and 5 more drops of either citronella or lemon oil. Furthermore, top it all off with one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and dilute the entire concoction with 100 ml of water.

You can also use vinegar instead of water if it’s more to your taste. Once you have completed these steps, transfer to a spray bottle, shake really well and spray on your clothes before getting attacked by the nasty bugs.

For dogs

If you’re any kind of pet owner, then you know that dogs, in particular, seem to always be on the tick radar, especially after you walk them in the park for a little while. 

To save the doggo a world of trouble, 20 drops of rose geranium and pennyroyal essential oil coupled with about two tablespoons of almond oil should be just enough to do the trick. Place the entire mix on your friend’s collar or even on its fur and watch the bugs disappear.

 

Garden pests

Garden pests are a dime a dozen but only a handful of them can sometimes be enough to create a disaster for your yard. Aphids, spider mites, and their entire extended family can ruin your efforts in the blink of an eye. 

While there are a lot of pesticides available that will definitely take care of the problem, using them also has the off-chance of making your fruits and vegetables completely inedible. Fortunately, there’s a better way to get rid of them and still enjoy the (literally) fresh fruits of your labor. 

Mix half a cup of garlic or onion together with another half cup of hot peppers and blend it really well until it turns into a paste. When you get a paste consistency, add half a liter of warm water into the mix.

Let it sit untouched for an entire day in a warm place, then strain it and spray your beloved plants with this liquid. When your garden is done with pests, feel free to write us a ‘’Thank you’’ note. 

 

Spiders

While poisonous spiders may not be a nuisance in all parts of the world, you’d still be better off knowing they are absolutely forbidden from the house, no matter what they try to do. This is a good preventive measure as spiders have the quality of being able to get absolutely anywhere due to their size and climbing skills.

The natural repellent that we have for them will not kill them but it will keep them away because these stubborn bugs completely hate strong smells. Mix 200 ml of water with 5-to-10 drops of peppermint oil and a quarter spoon of liquid detergent. Your everyday dishwasher detergent will be very good for this so don’t bother buying something else. 

Once you have the entire mixture ready, shake well and make sure to spray the affected areas about once a week until all the invaders are fleeing for their lives. If you’re low on peppermint oil, you can also use eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, or citronella oil. 

 

 

 

Ants

Ants are the ninjas of the insect world since they can pretty much appear from anywhere, without the slightest indication of where they were before or how they got there. Your kitchen or pantry are their preferred targets so it’s definitely worth knowing how to get rid of them once they start sending wave after wave of attackers at you.

Believe it or not, it appears that ants absolutely loathe the smell of cinnamon. Do a little detective work and figure out where they are coming from and what are their entering areas then put some cinnamon powder in there. 

For the best results, you can add some essential oil of your choice to that powder, with the added bonus that your house will have a very nice and fresh earthy smell. 

 

Dust mites

What is the benefit of being a bug completely invisible to the naked human eye? That’s right, you can go pretty much anywhere your heart desires. These pesky invaders live in household dust, enjoy the comfort of warmer places and, if you’d let them choose their ideal meal, it would be skin flakes. What’s the top spot to find all those things? Yep, you got it, your bed!

While dust mites can’t actually bite, some scientists believe they can do enough to cause some allergic reactions or irritations of the skin. Therefore, even if you’re not allergic and living in constant fear of them, you should still prefer not to share your sleeping space with the little buggers. 

The solution to this? Six tablespoons of eucalyptus oil coupled with one and a half tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent. This entire mix has to go into one bucket of water, then soak all the clothes that you want to wash in it. After that, simply wash everything as you would any other day. 

If it’s something unwashable, spraying and wiping with a clean cloth should do the trick just the same. If, for some unknown and mystic reason, you can’t stand the smell of eucalyptus oil, feel free to use tea tree oil for similar results. 

 

Weevils

While cooking can be a relaxing activity and not all of us are exceptionally clean chefs, leaving things like cereal, rice, or flour unsealed in the pantry or thrown on the table can act as a ‘’Please, come in!’’ ticket to these unwanted, nasty bugs. Even if weevils will pick grains and seeds if given the option, they are not picky and will make short work of flour as well.

Since it’s quite obvious that you shouldn’t be having chemical pesticides in the same place that your food is stored in, you need a natural repellent to help you out. 

Apparently, these tiny devils really hate the smell of bay leaves or cloves, so we should put this information to good use. Drop one of these leaves on the top of your food or around the containers that you choose to store it in. 

 

 

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
DMCA.com Protection Status