Do you have a pest problem? Open your pantry! Sometimes, the right tool to banish those pesky little buggers is already in your kitchen. Not only are these kitchen items effective, they’re cheap, too.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon is great when it comes to breakfast rolls and gum, but there’s a more utilitarian reason to keep cinnamon handy: ants hate it. If you’ve suffered from ant invasions in the past or want to avoid an invasion in the future, sprinkle the spice liberally around possible entry points (such as cracks near your windows and doorways). The ants will avoid the line of cinnamon, which means they’ll stay out of your house! For more ant-fighting tips, read: Pest Control: Ants.
Mint. A mouse in the house is always bad news. Fortunately, an all-natural fix is simply a trip to the garden (or grocery store) away! Mice can’t stand the scent of mint, and they have a good sense of smell, so a few sprigs of mint go a long way. Add mint plants to mice-prone rooms (like the kitchen) or fill your drawers with cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil. For more ideas on using mint to repel mice, check out: Use Mint as Mouse Repellant.
Cucumber. Silverfish may sound like the name of a Dr. Seuss character, but they’re the opposite of cute. These insects are small, slimy and enjoy eating things like your wallpaper and cereal. Keep silverfish away from your house – and out of your Cheerios – with a few slices of cucumber (make sure they have the peel!). The strong odor of cucumber deters silverfish, so slice them up and place them on a small plate or inside a bowl. Then, place the cucumber dish wherever your floor meets the wall.
Honey. Do you love strawberries, bananas and apples? So do fruit flies! Keep them away from your delicious fruits with this simple trap. In a bowl, mix a few tablespoons of honey with a piece of old, skinless fruit or some sweet wine (a combination works well, too). Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and poke a dozen small holes in the plastic with a fork. The fruit flies can go in, but they can’t get out (make sure the holes are very, very tiny). For more fruit fly tricks, read: Pest Control: Fruit Flies.