Ants and spiders commonly get into homes, leaving you in need of a pest control that removes the bugs without the use of harsh chemicals. Chemically based pesticides give off harmful fumes and vapors, and can even be ingested by pets, babies and anyone else who comes into direct contact with the pesticide. Instead, use an eco-friendly repellent that gets rid of the ants and spiders.
Mint is a natural repellent for both spiders and ants. The mint gives off a strong smell, which the insects find unattractive. To use the mint, fill a few tea bags or sachets with crushed mint leaves and place around the home, especially in entryways and window sills. Alternately, sprinkle mint essential oil around the home, again putting the oil in doorways, windows and other points of entry for the insects.
Garlic is another strong smelling element that repels both spiders and ants. To use, crush a few garlic cloves and place around the outside of doors and windows. You could place inside as well, but you may be left with an unpleasant garlic odor around the home that you do not want. Alternately, fill a spray bottle with about 2 cups water and 4 tsp. garlic powder; shake the bottle to dissolve the powder; and spray around doors, windows and other entry points.
Diatomaceous earth is a natural pest control product readily available at pest control supply stores as well as many hardware and home improvement stores. This comes in a powder form and can be sprinkled around the exterior of your home. The powder should not be ingested so this is best to sprinkle outdoors, especially if you have children or pets in the home that could ingest the powder.
Peppermint works well for repelling ants and spiders, plus leaves behind a fresh peppermint smell throughout the home. To use the peppermint, crush a handful of peppermints into powder. Crush the mints by placing them in a sandwich bag and tapping gently with a hammer, or use your blender or food processor to turn the peppermints into powder form. Sprinkle the peppermint around doors and windows, or use a peppermint essential oil.
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