• The new change in season brings along unwanted, pesky guests, such as bugs and ants, who feel the need to make themselves comfortable in our homes. Luckily, there are ways to evict these visitors naturally.

    Here are 4 kitchen staples to repel common pests according to Farmer’s Almanac:

    1. Eucalyptus 

    Use to get rid of: Mice

    Add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils to cotton balls and place them in a few areas around the house where the mouse has been hiding or eating. You can add the cotton balls in your car, cupboards, or near openings to the outside too.

    2. Vinegar

    Use to get rid of: Crawling bugs

    Mix equal parts vinegar and water, add the solution to a spray bottle, and wipe down surfaces. This powerful disinfectant will surely keep the bugs away. You can also use the mixture as a repellent for fruit flies by simply putting cider vinegar and water in a small bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic and use a toothpick to poke a few small holes to trap the flies.

    3. Cinnamon

    Use to get rid of: Ants, mosquitoes, and moths

    You can use cinnamon sticks, powder, or oil to get rid of the above-mentioned critters. With the sticks, place them in areas where you often find the insects, such as cupboards or drawers. With the powder, you can sprinkle it on windowsills and in doorways to stop insects from entering your home. Lastly, when using the oil, add a few drops to water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray anywhere you feel necessary.

    4. Citrus

    Use to get rid of: Spiders

    Spiders do not like the smell of citrus. Instead of throwing away the citrus peels, use them to rub along windowsills and doorways. Another method to consider is soaking the peels in vinegar overnight and spraying the mixture where the insects are located.

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    A version of this article was published in Garden&Home Magazine.

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