Pest Control

The following is a list of some common pests with the best known natural deterrents and integrated pest management (IPM) to prevent them from becoming a nuisance!

 
 
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Ants

Natural deterrents

  • Lemon juice

  • Cinnamon

  • Baking soda

  • Ground coffee

  • Vinegar

  • Ground cloves

IPM

  • Clean food spills

  • Seal cracks

  • Sweep and mop frequently

  • Pay attention to the “lone ant” (these can be scouts, sometimes winged, and their source needs to be found and sealed before they all pour in)

 
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Spiders

Natural deterrents

  • Lemon juice

  • Vinegar

  • Tobacco

  • Garlic

IPM

  • Vacuum up webs

  • Remove piles like newspaper or firewood away from walls

  • Sweep and dust frequently

  • Seal crevices

 
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Wasps

Natural Deterrents

  • Peppermint

  • Citronella

  • Thyme

  • Eucalyptus

IPM

  • Hang a fake nest nearby (they’re not really into having neighbors)

  • Avoid perfumes

  • Don't wear bright colors

  • Don't swat at them

  • Remove food sources (especially protein-based)

 

Roaches

Natural deterrents

  • Sugar and baking soda mixture

  • Spearmint

  • Bay leaves

  • Epsom salts

IPM

  • Keep a clean home

  • Remove water sources and spills

  • Seal leaks

  • Put away food sources and clean food spills

 

Fleas

natural deterrents

  • Geranium

ipm

  • Brush your pet with a fine-tooth comb (if fleas emerge, drown them in soap)

  • Keep pets bathed

  • Give pets a healthy diet (meat-centered for dogs and cats, raw or natural ingredients)

  • Avoid a diet of corn and wheat as ingredients