Springtime is here, which means you might have a looming pest problem. Here's how to get rid of bugs and critters with a few simple, eco-friendly and cost-effective tips.There are many cheap, non-toxic ways to control springtime pests in your home. You may even have the items in your home already.
For instance, fresh bay leaves can act as a natural ant repellent. Just place them around your home to ward the unwanted guests away.
If you have a spider problem, a little peppermint oil can have your home clear in days. Simply take a small spray bottle and fill it with one-quarter cup of tap water. Then add 40 drops of peppermint essential oil and give it a shake.
Next, simply spray the areas where the spiders live, including the little cracks and gaps where they can enter your home. Spiders hate the scent of peppermint oil, so just a few blasts every now and then can be enough to send them packing.
And that peppermint spray doesn't only work on spiders. The strong scent will also drive mice away, too. For rodents, spray the solution liberally along baseboards and the rear interior edges of kitchen cabinets, especially beneath the sink.
Once they're gone, you can make sure these critters don't come back by wedging a few peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls in any entry points you can find.
So, before you shell out hundreds of dollars for an exterminator, try these natural pest remedies. Not only are they safer for your children and pets, they won't hurt your budget either.