April 1, 2014

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Common Household Pests


Everyone's had to deal with this situation: You arrive home from a tiresome day at the grind followed by a long haul train ride. All you want to do is curl up on the couch with a book or tune into the latest episode of Revenge (or let's be honest – Game of Thrones). Unfortunately, you didn't have time to clean up your breakfast mess before you left, and your kitchen has turned into a rave reaching the equivalency of your college parties. However, glow-stick headbands and rave pants are not the mortifying feature in your kitchen party. Oh no, it's much worse. Your kitchen is swarming with ants, cockroaches that those weird flying beetle things. You know if you rid one lot, they'll just come back with a vengeance. The next thing you know, you're being carried out of your bed by one of those over-sized arachnids from Lord of the Rings who's on a revenge mission to string you up in its web – Frodo Baggins style. Okay… So that visual may have spawned from too many rampant bug horror movies, so it's pretty unlikely that you won't be attacked by massive spiders – unless you live in Australia. The point is, bugs are pesky little critters that need to be dealt with – naturally and safely. I'm not a big fan of harsh chemical approaches to ridding the home of pests, so here are some eco-friendly ways for dealing with common household bugs.


A colony of ants is much like those birthday candles you can never blow out. They lure you into a false sense of security and once you think they're gone for good – guess what- they're baaaaack. One method to get rid of them is to leave a shot glass full of apple cider vinegar and dish soap on your bench top, or wiping down your countertops with white vinegar; this will kill any scent traces that ants use to navigate

Fruit Flies

Where there's fresh fruit, there's fruit flies. Especially in the warmer months, it doesn't matter how much you clean, swarms of teeny tiny flies will continue to hover around the fruit bowl. You can treat fruit flies the same way you deal with ants. By leaving a shot glass full of apple cider vinegar and dish soap, near the fruit bowl, they are gone in short order


The dreaded cockroach. These guys make themselves known when the temperature starts to drop and they scurry inside to keep warm. I had to deal with cockroaches only a few weeks ago, when a collection of them decided to make a home under my sink. The method I used to get rid of them was by using a little bit of sugar and baking soda. The roach is attracted to sweet scent of the sugar, and meets its maker with the baking soda


I am personally not bothered by spiders, which I'm only assuming is due to the fact that I've lived in Australia for ten years – home of the deadliest creatures. You kind of get used to them after a while. If you are at wars with the spiders in your home, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice into a spray bottle. Spiders are not too fond of citrus, so spray down your doorways, windowsills, countertops and any problem areas with this magical and cheap infusion.

If you're bugs become too problematic for these methods, there are a number of eco-friendly pest ridding companies like Trusted Pest Management that use products that are safe for your children and pets. You can check out the type of products they use by heading to trustedpestmanagement.com.au/. Getting rid of pests doesn't need to feel like going into a battle to the death, these simple methods should solve most common problems.

Have you tried any of the pest management solutions? Tell us your methods in the comments below.

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