DIY Pest Control Ideas and Remedies

Katelyn Preston March 11, 2016

With the idea of another Arizona summer slowly setting in, it’s time for those annoying guests to arrive as well. Yes, we’re talking about bugs, critters, and summer pests that have probably started infiltrating your home and garden. But here’s the thing—to maintain a bug-free home, you don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg on professional pest control or bug extermination services. A few DIY methods and inexpensive tools can do the trick!

Here are some awesome ideas and inexpensive DIY remedies you can use to keep these pesky home-invaders out in a matter of minutes, without using toxic chemicals.

Prevention is the Key

Prevention is often the first step when it comes to fighting bugs and insects. And, it’s something that falls within your regular home cleaning regime so you don’t really have to jump through extra hoops. Follow these tips and you can cut down on the likelihood of a bug infestation:

  • Wipe the kitchen countertops and other surfaces with a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar mixture. This will help remove food odors and residues that attract ants and other insects.
  • Fix leaky faucets as damp areas attract insects the most.
  • If you recycle, make sure to rinse out any remnants from juice containers, sauce jars, etc. before throwing them in the bin.
  • Make it a habit to clear your kitchen drains of leftover food at least 2-3 times a week. To do this effectively, pour half a cup of baking soda and then half a cup of vinegar down the drain. Follow up with boiling water after 5 minutes to wash everything out.      

Create Your Own Fly Trap

Flies are a common problem in any household and their presence can increases with a rise in temperature. You can easily get rid of these buzzers using a few ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Simply heat up a solution of honey, sugar, and water, and dip some paper strips into it. You can cut the strips out of newspapers or even grocery bags. Get the strips properly coated with the mixture and hang them over the sink to dry, and voila! Your DIY fly trap is ready to be hung around your house! In due time, the flies will get stuck to the paper. Replace as necessary.  

Kill ‘em with Coffee…or Borax and Sugar

Yes. Coffee is a natural insect repellent that works well for ants and garden bugs. You could use recycled coffee grounds in and around the area of infestation.

If you want a stronger and more potent ant-killer, try a solutions of borax and sugar. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup very warm water and 2 tablespoons Borax and pour the mixture into small bottles or jars with holes in the lids. Place the bottles where the ants will find them.  

Make an All-Purpose Insect Spray

You need only two ingredients to make a big batch of this insect spray: 2 tablespoons of liquid peppermint castile soap and 1 gallon of water. Mix together and pour the solution into spray bottles. You can use it on your countertops, corners of the floor or baseboards and, by the way, this makes an excellent insecticidal spray for your plants as well.

Use Essential Oils to Make Insect Repellent Sprays

Due to their high aromatic content, essential oils are naturally equipped with insecticidal and bug repellent powers. You could try mixing either Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, or Clove oils into bottles of water with a spray nozzle and use it to lightly mist your closets, curtains, beds, and carpets. The scents will keep mosquitoes, bugs, and dust mites away while making your home smell refreshing. In fact, here’s a whole list of essential oils you can include in your arsenal to battle the bugs.

With these tips and remedies up your sleeve, you can easily bug-proof your home this summer without having to spend a lot.