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Keeping Your Home Pest Free

Whether you are a homeowner trying to keep your home in a safe and healthy condition, or a home buyer trying to make sure you know what to look for, it’s important to understand the role pests can play in homeownership.  Ants, termites, carpenter bees, and a variety of other insects can reak havoc on the structure of a home or deck, while rodents can chew their way into some of the oddest places.  It is important to look for signs of this damage, but more importantly, it is vital to understand steps that can be taken to help prevent these issues in the first place.

To help everyone understand these issues we have developed an entire website dedicated to pest contol at  Here is a sample article of the type of information you will find on this website:

Ten Home Remedies for Pests

1. Herbs and Spices:

  1. Garlic and mint repel spider mites, Japanese beetles, and many other small bugs. You can mix the two in a spray bottle and spray plants and the edges inside and outside your home. You may want to boil the mixture first to help the mint leaves release their oils.
  2. Cloves and Cinnamon can be spread around your home to repel numerous insects, such as mosquitos.
  3. Rosemary can repel fleas.
  4. Cayenne wards off ants.

2. Chemicals: Boric acid and borax kill roaches and ants but applying the two are a bit tricky.

  1. Boric Acid: While wearing a respirator, spread it through the house including in cabinets, under the fridge, and so forth. Make sure to clean it up the next morning. Also, keep it away from children and pets because it can be harmful to them.
  2. Borax: Mix borax with sugar and place it in areas where you’ve seen roaches or ants. If you have pets, put the mixture in areas where your pets cannot reach like behind the fridge and stove. The sugar will attract the pests, and the borax will kill them when they eat the sugar.

3. Essential Oils: Lavender, peppermint, and other essential oils can repel many different kinds of pests including ants, roaches, and fleas. Make your own spray by adding several drops of one of the oils below to water, then spray it around your house.

a. Spearmint and Peppermint: Repels ants, beetles, fleas, gnats, moths, roaches, and spiders.

b. Lavender: Repels chiggers, ticks, mosquitos, and flies.

c. Lemongrass: Wards off chiggers, fleas, mosquitos, and ticks.

d. Tea Tree Oil: You can make a spray that will get rid of many types of bugs including bed bugs, which are particularly difficult to get rid of.

4. Plants:

  1. Onions repel several pests like spiders.
  2. Sweet basil plants can be used to repel multiple types of bugs from your garden and home. You can even use it on your skin as a natural bug repellent.
  3. Eucalyptus may repel mosquitos and ticks. Like the other substances we’ve suggested, you can make your own eucalyptus spray. Be careful with eucalyptus, it can irritate your skin and it can be harmful if ingested.

5. Kinds of vinegar: With apple cider vinegar, you can make your own insect repellant and pesticide that is safe for children and pets. You can also use white distilled vinegar to kill bed bugs by creating your own spray and dispersing it throughout your home. Make sure you get in small cracks and crevices around your bed.

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