Homemade Pest Control Solutions

Termite Control

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You don’t have to spend lots of money and fill your garage with toxic chemicals to control pests in your home and garden. You just have to know some DIY methods to mix organic pesticides and garden sprays.

You also can make some simple tools to help figure out what kind of pest you may have. Whether it’s mice in the basement, ants in the kitchen, silverfish in the bathroom or other pesky pests, you can get rid of them yourself without calling an exterminator or resorting to chemicals.

Is it Termites?

You may not know when termites are damaging your home’s structure unless you know what to look for. Entomologist Ron Harrison, says a swarm of winged insects or piles of dried, discarded wings, mud tubes and wood-colored droppings near your house can indicate the presence of termites and warrants more investigation. Clean and seal any wood where you see these signs to keep insects from slipping into the wood to eat and nest in comfort.

Wet wood and moist conditions attract termites, so it’s good to know if any areas of your house have high moisture conditions. Moisture meters for wood can be expensive, and modifying a multimeter to read moisture levels can be tricky. Hiring a termite expert to test the wood in your home can be worth the diagnostic cost to know if you’ve got termite conditions. Then, you’ll either be relieved or be prepared to control it.

Keep Ants Out

No one wants ants in the kitchen, by the garbage or in the dog or cat’s food dish. When you see a line of ants marching through your kitchen, prepare a natural solution to put in a spray bottle and spray to kill.

  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing soap (not detergent)
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 quart water

Spray this on ants and into any ant hill or nest you find. It also works on other soft-bodied insects like earwigs, aphids and mealy bugs.

In the Garden

The dish soap/cooking oil mixture also works in the garden for spot shots to kill caterpillars, wasps, flies and mites. Exchange hot pepper sauce for the cooking oil for an even stronger pesticide spray.

Strongly scented oils work well for the worst garden and outdoor offenders—fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Spray cedar oil mixed with water on lawns and shrubs to repel biting bugs and kill their eggs, too. However, experts at Colorado State University caution against using this spray on sensitive plants like roses or drought-stressed plants.

Deer Repellent

Tired of the deer nibbling your yard and garden to nubs? Try mixing an egg and water solution, and spraying it on the vegetation you want to protect. Add a little hot sauce for extra protective power. And, if that doesn’t discourage them to stop foraging in your yard, try hanging some cheap fragrant soap around plants they’re sampling. Use the strongest smelling soaps you can for the best results.



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