The 5 Best Natural Pest Control Methods. This is my precious angel Zoe. Zoe loves bugs. Zoe loves bugs so much that when I accidentally swallowed one while mowing the lawn, she ignored her brother’s uproarious laughter, ignored my screeching and flailing and instead wailed that “Mommy! You KILLED the bug! Bug Killer!”
Yeah, that’s my girl. Anyway, this means I can’t use the truly violent-sounding pesticides I see on the supermarket shelves. The ZoZo must not come into contact. So there’s some truly incredible natural pesticides that do the trick pretty nicely.
Ants. Everyone Hates Them.
Erin’s “No Fail” Ant Killer
20 drops of Peppermint essential oil, 1/4 cup regular dish-washing detergent, 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. I use this on my counters and other places my offspring might place their greasy little hands without fear that they’ll absorb poisons. It works beautifully outside as well.
Diatomacious Earth (often referred to as “DE”) is a talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug the fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. The description kind of creeps me out, but it works…
Then, there’s mosquitoes. Ugh.
Okay, mosquitoes require a 3 point attack plan. I’ve gone after them with a vengeance since the West Nile Virus hit Utah.
Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and early evening. They seek areas of still air because they’re too light to handle wind or even light breezes well. Close windows and doors on the side of your house which are opposite the breeze.
Standing water is your enemy! Change birdbaths, wading pools and pet’s water bowl twice a week. Keep your house gutters clean and well-draining. Remove yard items that collect water.
COVER THEIR TRAIL
These unsightly little swine leave a scented trail so other mosquitoes can find their way to food. Get rid of these little invisible trails with a vinegar-based cleanser made from 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water and 10 to 15 drops of peppermint, clove, or eucalyptus oil.
All-Purpose Natural Bug Spray
Looking for something “all-purpose” that will also send things like spiders, earwigs and such screaming away as fast as their zillion little legs can carry them?
Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe
8 oz apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or vodka. Add 45 drops Peppermint Essential Oil and 15 drops Lemon or Wild Orange Essential Oil. Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and apply liberally. Store in the fridge when not in use. Should last 2-3 months.