6 Common Household Pests And How To Get Rid Of Them Naturally

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Do you know who you're really sharing your home with? They might be crawling around, eating your food or snuggling up in your bed. In a bug census, entomologists surveyed 50 homes in America for bugs and found that every single home had between 32 and 211 species. Gross! Unfortunately, many people leave these household pests until they're swarmed by infestations. There are, however, ways to nip them in the bud when their numbers are still small so you don’t need to use chemicals to eliminate them as that can be toxic to your health.

Here are some of the most common household pests and how to evict them.

1. Cockroaches
Even writing their name has me on goose pumps! Wikes! It's the only thing that can make me cry on sight! Nick is sick of me and I keep telling him he's the man of the house, he should get rid of it!!! According to Discover Magazine, cockroaches carry over 30 bacteria species, including E.coli and salmonella. These pests eat anything, but they have a certain interest in anything starchy or sweet. The problem with cockroaches is that they reproduce very quickly, making it easy for infestations to occur.

You can keep roaches out of your home by filling it up with catnip or bay leaves. A study found that catnip is 100 times more effective than DEET at ridding your home of roaches, and isn’t dangerous to your health. Other ways to keep roaches away is to prevent food lying around, washing dishes immediately after they've been used and closing your garbage cans properly.

2. Bed bugs
If you’re waking up with small red rashes, bed bugs might be to blame. These small, flat, oval-shaped bugs like hiding in mattress seams, headboards and behind wallpaper and clutter. Bed bugs are fond of latching onto you in busy places like hotels and schools, and then hitching a ride to your home where they can get food - your blood - while you sleep. Eeuw! The only solace is that they don’t spread disease. Simple ways to keep bed bugs at bay include storing items that you regularly take out of the home, such as suitcases or jackets, outside of the bedroom to reduce contamination. 

3. Ants
You might kill the ants you see but there are usually many more, forming nests in the hidden areas of your home. Ants leave behind a trail of pheromone chemicals for other ants to follow them once they've found food. Seal up any cracks in the walls because the tiniest ones can be enough for ants to move through. Be careful of food that you leave lying around or spill as this can attract them. According to Scientific American, there are many household ingredients that repel ants successfully, such as cinnamon, mint, salt, bay leaves, onion and garlic. Store these near any openings in the wall or windows.

4. Rodents
Rats don’t just infect you with a bite - just breathing in dust that's contaminated with their urine or droppings can make you susceptible to viruses such as hemorrhagic fever. Rats enter your home for warmth, water and especially food. Keep food stored well instead of lying around, and make sure your garbage cans aren’t stored close to the house where rats can hide behind them. Essential oils can repel them, such as bergamot oil and geranium oil, according to studies.

5. Flies
These are annoying, especially during the warm weather, but they pose a real problem. Many viruses are associated with flies, including salmonella and e.coli. What’s so dangerous about flies is that they can transfer diseases to you simply by walking on surfaces. They like warm temperatures, so close windows and doors when it’s chilly outside. Clean your surfaces regularly and don’t leave food out in the open. You should also stock up on essential oils to keep flies out of your home. When essential oils such as geranium, lavender and peppermint were applied to cows, they repelled flies for up to 4 hours. The trick is to continue using these scents in your home regularly to keep flies away.

6. Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes affect millions of people every year with diseases such as West Nile virus that can cause neurological problems, plus they’re super annoying when they leave your skin covered in itchy red welts. Essential oils are good mosquito repellents. All you need are a few drops of citronella oil, lemongrass oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil to keep them away. You could even douse a ribbon in these oils and hang it up in a window so that the scent will keep mosquitoes out of your home. Best of all, they smell good so they won’t irritate you while you try to sleep like those annoying buzzing mosquitoes. If you want to make a beautiful wooden trap visit this blog here.

Your home could be visited by loads of small, flying or crawling insects, but you don't have to let them overstay their welcome! With green options such as the above, you can keep bugs away and reclaim your home.

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  1. My skin started to crawl as I thought about each of these bugs! I fear the cockroaches and bed bugs the most! Thankfully I have a cat that loves to catch and eat flies. This is a great list with good tips on how to get rid of them!

  2. Where are the spiders! I know they are technically not a pest but my god are they terrifying to me. In case there is anyone else suffering from arachnophobia, this little mixture helps me to keep them away. 2 drops essential oil of each type in a small spray-bottle filled with 125ml (1/2 cup) of water: eucalyptus, pepppermint and lemon. Spray in corners of the room.

  3. Thank you so much for this, I would much rather use natural methods to get rid of pests, so I shall have to remember these remedies.

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  5. We have a professional exterminator come out to our home and spray once a month, but these natural solutions are quite intriguing. I am willing to try anything and everything to ensure pests stay far away!

  6. I am always looking for the natural alternative. I have been using essential oils for years. I am always finding out new ways to use them.

  7. Lucky not to experience most of these, although we live close to fields and did see a rather large rat in a neighbours rather unkempt garden one night, not nice!

  8. As soon summers are here, we often see these creatures around us !! your tips are very helpful will try to get rid flies specially

  9. I never knew that bay leaves could get rid of cockaroaches! They can be a big problem here in Australia, as well as mozzies!

  10. I'm feeling really grateful right now that my apartment doesn't have any of these pests! I think I would need to move if I ever found a cockroach in my home.

  11. We just moved into a new house, and I know we have pests here that we need to address! Thank you for sharing this, I'll definitely be revisiting. :-)

  12. When I lived in the city, we had more pest problems because of the close quarters. In the suburbs we have ants and that is it. We have a company that handles that and I'm grateful.

  13. With two puppies, it seems we're always opening the back door. In the summertime a fly or two always seem to follow them in. I'm a big believer in essential oils, although haven't thought about using them for pesky creatures. Will definitely be giving this one a try!

  14. Thank you for putting this list together. I hate having pest in the house but I also hate having to use harsh chemicals around my kids and pets. This list will really help me get rid of any pest without the use of harsh chemicals.

  15. I have been ripping my hair out trying to get rid of ants the past few months... I don't know why they're so bad this year! I'm going to try leaving out the foods you suggested to see if that turns up their noses... (do ants have noses? haha!)

    Caitlin • Blonde Seeking Ambition

  16. Living in Texas I don't take your tips lightly! Huge problem with all pests mentioned and more during the hot summers here. Taught me a few tricks I was not aware of that I will definitely try. Thank you

  17. Wow amazing tips on getting rid of these pests. I recently had a cockroach issue recently and it was a nightmare. Going to try the bay leaves next time.


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