6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Common Household Bugs

6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Common Household Bugs

Are there tiny black bugs in your house? Perhaps you’ve found a few white bugs clinging to an indoor plant? During the colder months, some bugs try to escape by taking refuge inside your home.

While we expect bugs to be outdoors, most people don’t want to share their house with bugs.

There are ways to get rid of common household bugs without calling pest control. Here are six easy steps to de-bug your home.

Peppermint Oil

Besides making your house smell wonderful, mint plants and peppermint oil naturally repel ants, spiders, mosquitoes and even mice. Mix 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil in 8 oz of water then shake and spray the mixture in areas around doorways, vents and windows.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Made from crushed fossilized single-cell algae, diatomaceous earth won’t hurt humans but it is deadly to insects with an exoskeleton, including bed bugs, flies, stink bugs, spiders, beetles and earwigs. Within 48 hours of coming in contact with DE, bugs will die of dehydration.

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Neem Oil

A product of the Neem tree, this oil kills over 200 species of insects but won’t hurt humans or wildlife. Spray neem oil on indoor plants to help control aphids, thrips, and white flies.

Learn more about the various uses for neem oil in the garden.

Flypaper and Insect Traps

For moths, flies and centipedes, try using poison-free sticky traps that lure the insect in through scent and color that then trap the insects.

Pyrethrin

Extracted from the chrysanthemum flower, this insecticide affects an insect’s nervous system. Spray pyrethrin on mosquitoes, moths, flies, fleas or any hard bodies insect to kill them quickly.

Lavender

The wonderful scent from lavender plants repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Place sachets of dried lavender in closets or make it part of your cleaning regiment to spray a mixture of 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil in 8oz of water around your home to keep bugs away.

Don’t let those creepy crawlies get the best of you! Safer® Brand is here to help keep your home bug free.

Learn more about how to get rid of common houseplant pests here.