Homemade Pest Control

Do home remedies work?


Many people are interested in homemade pest control.  But do home remedies for pest control really work?  Well, they might, but you should be aware that they may not be as effective as commercial remedies.  Homemade pest control is more effective against some pests than others.  For instance, for pest control in your garden, you can plant garlic around your other plants and it will help keep pests away.  That is one of the more simple and effective home remedies for pest control.

But what about pests in your house?  Are there home remedies for pests like ants, roaches, and termites?



You can use vinegar for homemade pest control.  To deter ants, simply wash the kitchen counters and floor with a mixture of vinegar and water.  This erases the “scent trail” that they follow and keeps them from coming back.

Powdered Charcoal

Powdered charcoal is another of the home remedies for pest control that may deter ants.  Simply sprinkle it around the outside of your house, especially around entryways.  Apparently ants don’t like to cross a line of it.

Borax and Flour

Mix two cups of Borax and one cup of flour in a glass jar and shake well to mix.  Punch holes in the lid and sprinkle the mixture across doorsills and windowsills.  It is supposed to keep out both ants and roaches.

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are another of the home remedies for pest control that may deter roaches.  Simply scatter a few leaves on your pantry shelves.

Boric Acid

Boric acid is sometimes considered one of the home remedies for pest control, although it is occasionally used by professional exterminators, as well.  It is effective against a number of pests, including ants, roaches, fleas, termites, and bedbugs.  However, boric acid has a number of potential side effects.  It can irritate the skin, so if you do decide to use boric acid, wear gloves when applying it.  If you inhale it, it can cause respiratory problems and kidney problems, at least if you are exposed to enough of it for a long enough period of time.  Most professional exterminators don’t use it anymore because there are other methods of pest control that are safer and that work just as well or even better. 

So Does Homemade Pest Control Work?

We’ve told you about some of the more common home remedies for pest control, and it seems they do work some of the time.  One problem is that they may only work in a very limited area, though.  For instance, if you put bay leaves on your pantry shelves, roaches will probably stay off your shelves.  But they may appear elsewhere in your kitchen.  Are you going to cover your entire kitchen with bay leaves?  Another problem with home remedies for pest control is that they often only seem to work for a very short period of time.  Borax and flour may at least cut down on your ants or roaches temporarily, but you may find that you have to reapply it every few days.

Why the Interest in Homemade Pest Control?

There are a couple of reasons why so many people are interested in homemade remedies for pest control.  For one thing, they are cheaper than commercial products or hiring an exterminator.  For another thing, many people are concerned about the impact of commercial pesticide products on the environment.  They may also be concerned about potential health risks to humans.

While it does cost more, we recommended calling a professional exterminator if you have a home pest problem.  A professional will know they best way to treat your problem.  After all, you’re not really saving money on home remedies if they don’t work well or if you have to keep buying the stuff over and over again.  While it makes sense to be concerned about potential health risks, there are a number of safe products exterminators can use.  Talk to your exterminator about your concerns and the products they use.  Also, many exterminators now offer “green” pest control, which utilizes environmentally-friendly products.  Ask your exterminator about this.

Recommended Treatment Provider 

We recommend that you use a licensed professional for your home pest control needs. They will come to your home and give a free inspection and discuss your options with you. They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. You can follow this link to get a selection of prequalified local pest control companies that can take care of your problem.



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