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How to Make the Strongest Natural Bug Repellents

Ants, and spiders, and fruit flies. Oh, my!

Ants, and spiders, and fruit flies. Oh, my!


By Hannah Bruneman, Homes and Gardens

With the weather cooling down, more critters will try to find refuge in your warm home. Make sure they know they're unwelcome with DIY pesticide. These at-home bug repellants from Home Advisor are great home hacks that will keep bugs and harmful chemicals out of your home. All the ingredients are natural and safe to use around your family and pets, so start spraying away!


1

Ants

Ants are small and harmless, but they can be so annoying. Just one little crumb can attract a whole bunch and they seem to spread everywhere. To stop them before they even become a problem, combine water, white vinegar, and essential oil in a spray bottle and mist all doors and baseboards in your home.



2

Cockroaches

If cockroaches send shivers up your spine, you need to make this pesticide before they even think about entering your home. Two cups of water mixed with two tablespoons of tea tree oil should do the trick.



3

Spiders

Let spiders know they are unwanted by deterring them with this fragrant spray. Mix one tablespoon of peppermint essential oil and one cup of water in a misting bottle. Cover all entrances to your house, including windows, to make sure your personal space is secure.



4

Fruit Flies

These pesky flies seem to come from nowhere! We don't recommend cutting fruit from your diet so try this fruit fly trap instead. Stir together water and red wine vinegar in a cup. Then create a funnel out of a coffee filter and place it on top. Within a few days, the fruit flies will all be trapped in the cup with no way to escape!



5

Mosquitos

The only place you should be worried about mosquitos is in front of the bonfire. Keep those annoying pests outside this fall by placing lavender, catnip, or basil near any entrances to your home.

To learn more about these home hacks, check out the video below:


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