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Keep Pests Away with These Common Household Items

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Are bugs taking over your home? If the answer is yes, you're not alone! Pests are constantly on the prowl for food and shelter--and your home may be their ideal location. The best way to eliminate a bug problem is by not letting them get inside in the first place! You can do this by keeping food covered and changing your garbage often. But if you already have a bug problem, here are some tips on how to use common items to keep them away.


Take care of an ant problem naturally by sprinkling small piles of cornmeal in their favorite places. While it's not as fast as poison, cornmeal can eliminate an ant colony in as little as a week. Plus you children and pets won't be harmed by toxic chemicals.

How does it work? Ants treat the cornmeal like food, taking it home to the nest. Since they can't digest it, the ants slowly starve.

Cedar Chips

Fleas can be difficult to get rid of, particularly when pets bring them inside. Cedar chips kill fleas, mites, and mosquitoes. You can pick them up at home improvement stores for just a few dollars.

How does it work? Fleas and other insects don't like the smell of cedar and will avoid places where you stash them.

Dryer Sheets

Headed outside but can't find the bug spray? Consider rubbing Bounce dryer sheets (outdoor formula) on your skin and you will repel mosquitoes, gnats, and other insects.

How does it work?

Bounce outdoor formula contains linalool, a colorless alcohol with a flower-like odor that is a natural component of lavender, marjoram, and basil. It's toxic to fleas, mites, and insects--hence preventing itchy bug bites!


This natural bug repellent recipe will send bugs packing:

  1. Mix 1-part garlic juice with 5-parts water in spray bottle.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Spray on exposed body parts.
  4. Soak strips of cotton cloth in the mixture to hang where bugs frequently hang out.

How does it work?

Scientists aren't sure whether it's the allicin in garlic or simply the strong smell that keeps many bugs away.


Plant fragrant herbs at the entryways of your home to stop bugs from getting inside. What kind of herbs work best? Try lemongrass, mint, citronella, catnip or basil.

How does it work?

The pungent smell of many herbs deters a wide variety of pests. Here are a list of herbs and what bugs they repel:

  • Basil: flies and mosquitoes
  • Sage: ticks
  • Spearmint: ants
  • Lavender: moths, ticks
  • Rosemary: ticks and mosquitoes

Cucumber Slices

Pesky ants in your kitchen? Place cucumber slices near cracks or other points of entry to stop ants in their tracks.

How does it work?

Cucumbers contain trans-2-nonenal, a natural ant deterrent.

While these tips can work wonders with mild infestations, sometimes they won’t do the trick with severe infestations that just won’t budge. That's when it's time to seek professional assistance! If you need to get rid of bugs and keep them away for good, let Got Bugs help. Our integrated pest management techniques get rid of common pests while keeping your family and pets safe. If for some reason you aren't satisfied with our services, we'll even give you your money back, guaranteed.

Looking for a permanent solution to bug infestations? Consult with the professionals at Got Bugs? and receive a free quote to start solving your pest problems today. 

About the Author:

With more than 25 years in the pest control industry, Gary brings not only experience but a true dedication to providing the best customer service he can to all of our customers. In fact, his favorite part of the job is his interaction with the customers and finding new ways to serve them better. For more information about Gary, click here.

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