When buying a house, pest problems are certainly important to consider. This time of year most homeowners probably stop by the local hardware store and pick up a bug repellent to spray around the house to keep the bugs out. Sure, it works well and is fairly affordable, but some of these insect repellents contain dangerous chemicals that are toxic to humans and animals.
So if you’re looking for something that doesn’t cause skin and respiratory irritation, you’re in luck. Check out some of these inexpensive, effective natural insect repellents to protect your home.
Garlic, Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper Powder
You can pick up a couple of bottles of garlic, cinnamon and pepper powder at the dollar store or get some huge bottles from a warehouse store for a few bucks. Sprinkle heavily around the foundation of your home every month to create a bug-proof barrier around your home.
Vinegar, Herbs and Water
Vinegar is a super multitasker around the home. Not only is it a great cleaner, it also keeps bugs at bay. Grab a large spray bottle and fill half of it with white or apple cider vinegar. Next add any or all of these herbs: mint, lavender, catnip, sage or thyme. Top it off with some water, shake well, and let it steep overnight. The next day you’ll have a super-pungent bug repellent.
Vinegar and Essential Oils
For an even more effective bug repellent, fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and add 10-15 drops of any of these essential oils: mint, tea tree, spearmint, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, clove, citronella or eucalyptus.
Witch Hazel, Water and Herbs
This recipe is pretty much the same as the vinegar one above. Just two small changes though. Substitute witch hazel, which you can get at most grocery or drug stores, for vinegar, and distilled water for tap water.
Vodka and Essential Oils
Vodka is another versatile item to have around your home – and I’m not just talking about cocktails either. Fill a small spray bottle with your favorite bottom-shelf vodka and add about 20 drops of any of the essential oils mentioned above.
For extra protection, plant some of these bug-repellent plants in pots around your home.
Last year, I used the vinegar and herb solution because we noticed a lot of earwigs (so gross) and ants hanging out around the house. Within a day of liberally spraying the solution around the foundation, the bugs vanished. We continued to spray around the house and didn’t see any nasty little critters the rest of the summer.
Instead of spraying dangerous chemicals around your home, give natural insect repellents a try. They’ll keep the bugs at bay without dousing your home and yard without harmful substances.
When buying a house, beat the bugs ahead of time and schedule a thorough home inspection to identify any problems with pests.
Have you used natural insect repellents around your home? Did they work? Tell us below in the comments section!
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