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    1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 6, 2009 1:08 PM by LUCKIEST

    Do you have any pest control home remedy tips?

    LindaC52 Newbie
      Sometimes home remedies are the simplest, cheapest way to handle problems. However, sometimes they can just exacerbate the problem or create new ones. But more often than not, they simply won't work.


      Stoy Hedges, an entomologist and Director of Technical Services at Terminix International, warns against some kinds of do-it-yourself concoctions to ward off pests. "People are making bait formulations. We have plenty of commercially available bait formulations which a lot of very smart people spent a lot of money on to find the right kind of food ingredients. We found that the German cockroach sometimes after a period of years, will stop feeding on a particular food for whatever reason. They simply stop eating. Scientists go back and do research and they have to change the ingredients. It is not the active ingredients that the cockroaches are avoiding, it is something in food products. For example, some people might like chocolate cake and others don't. The same thing is true for cockroaches. So, you know mixing your own baits is probably never a good idea. Using commercially available baits, where a lot of research went into putting those together, is much better."

      Some commonly used natural, home remedies include the use of bay leaves, basil, cinnamon, cucumber and mint to ward off insect invaders. Cinnamon is supposed to keep ants at bay, cucumber is supposed to work on ants, also. Find their entry point to your home and create a line using baby powder, cinnamon, cucumber, cayenne pepper, citrus oil, lemon juice or coffee grounds. Ants are said never to cross the line. Keeping a bay leaf in your flour products is a deterrent to weevils. Mint tea bags are known to repel moths. Basil kept in a pot in the kitchen or in the midst of a picnic reportedly is a natural pest-repellent. Placing mint or eucalyptus near open windows or doors should make flies feel unwelcome. Put clover and sweet basil near pet food to discourage pests otherwise attracted to your animal's food supply.

      If you plant marigolds in your garden, you will keep down the mosquito population, which in turn will reduce the numbers of pests that eat mosquitoes from entering your home. Marigolds emit a strong odor that most insects (and some people) do not like.

      The Mississippi pest control ( recommends the following home remedies for getting rid of ants. "Mix a little peppermint toothpaste with a few drops of dishwashing detergent and apply to areas with a Q-tip. Wash countertops, cabinets, and floor with equal parts vinegar and water to deter infestations."

      For spiders, they recommend this concoction, "These mixtures will kill spiders but are non-toxic to children, pets, and wildlife. Add one drop of any of the following (depending on preference to you) to one quart of water. Citronella oil, lavender oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, citrus oil or tea tree oil."

      Most of these home remedies are backed up only by anecdotal evidence. Try them as experiments, but be ready to consult a professional for any serious problems with pests.