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Natural pest control

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Natural pest control for your home

Flies – Have small pots of basil growing around your home to prevent flies.

Another option is to put lemon and orange peel into containers around your home, (make it look attractive with some added petals etc to make a homemade pot porri).


  • Leave cucumber      peel on window ledges in the kitchen to deter these pesky creatures.
  • Wash cabinets      with a solution of vinegar and water.
  • Cinnamon or      salt sprinkled around the outside or your doors also keeps ants away.

Weevils – Place a bay leaf in pots containing flour and cereal to keep weevils out.

Moths – Place mint teabags inside wardrobes and clothes cupboards.


  • Plant      peppermint plants around the outside of your home. The scent of the plants      helps to deter mice from entering your home.
  • Keep all dry      goods inside sealed containers.

Natural pest control for your garden

Aphids – the best way to control the spread of aphids is to attract ladybirds to your garden. Create homes for the ladybugs to live in by placing flat pieces of corrugated cardboard in layers on top of each other to create a honeycombed affect, perfect for our little red friends. Plant Parsley, white clover and sweet fennel to attract the ladybirds to your garden.

Slugs and snails

  • Bury a yoghurt      carton into the ground with the lip just above the surface and place a      small amount of beer in the bottom. This remedy has worked really well for      me, the worst part is empting the slugs out every day.
  • Place crushed      eggshells around your plants to deter the slugs from them.

Spiders – Put a few drops of Citronnella in a spray bottle with water. Spray the corners of your room and around door and window frames. I found that the amnount of spiders that came into the house after using this spray reduced to almost zero. It was brillient.

Home made insecticide – A great natural pest control alternative to buying toxic chemicals for your garden is to make your own non-toxic insecticide. Melt a bar of ivory soap in two cups of water over night. Add to the mixture ¼ cup of corn oil and use in a spray bottle at the top and bottom of your infested plants.


Natural planting – A lot of pests are deterred by certain plants, so by planting them around and in between your other plants will provide a natural barrier. Plants to use are:

Mint, Garlic, basil, and Onions



Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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