5 Natural Pest Repellents for Your Apartment
If you live in an apartment, you’re likely to experience pest problems at one time or another. Units in apartment buildings share walls, floors and pipes, and that can make it easy for unwanted critters to travel between place to place. Most landlords may help with pest control, but if you’re looking for some DIY ways to help prevent bugs from getting into your apartment. Consider these natural solutions:
- Use a soap spray on your houseplants to help keep bugs away.
- Have a natural bug spray on hand.
- Help prevent fleas on your pets by making an apple cider vinegar spray.
- Make a do-it-yourself moth-repellent sachet for your closet.
- Add plants to your patio.
1. Use a Soap Spray on Your Houseplants to Help Keep Bugs Away
Soap spray can help get rid of silverfish, flies and spider mites, according to the Colorado State University Extension. Soap has been used to help control bugs for more than 200 years, adds the university. Make your own soap spray with the following recipe from Rodale’s Organic Life: Mix one teaspoon dishwashing liquid with one quart of water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle. As with any soap products, avoid spraying near eyes. Some plants may be sensitive to soap spray, so test a small area of the plant first before treating the entire plant.
2. Have a Natural Bug Spray on Hand
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Consumer Reports mention oil of lemon eucalyptus can be used to help keep mosquitoes away. It’s important to note that oil of lemon eucalyptus isn’t strong enough to fight off ticks or other bugs. So, if you’re looking to simply keep mosquitoes away with a natural solution, make sure you’re purchasing a bug spray that has 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus, says Rodale’s Organic Life.
3. Help Prevent Fleas on Your Pets By Making an Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Apple cider vinegar can be a simple salad dressing, but it is also useful for helping keep fleas and ticks away from your pet’s fur. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, apple cider vinegar will not eliminate fleas, but it can help make your pet’s coat undesirable to fleas, potentially causing them to vacate. Try these two recipes:
- Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on your pet’s coat. Remember to avoid spraying the mixture in your pet’s eyes and ears.
- You can also mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of cooled brewed green tea and 1 cup distilled water and rub this mixture on your dog’s coat after a bath. Make sure to let your dog’s coat air dry after the mixture has been applied.
4. Make a DIY Moth-Repellent Sachet for Your Closet
Help repel moths by making a few fragrant sachets. According to Apartment Therapy, mix two tablespoons dried lavender, two tablespoons dried rosemary with one bay leaf. Pour this mixture into a sachet bag. Seal and hang the bag in your closet. Don’t forget to replace the bag once you no longer smell the fresh scent. MarthaStewart.com also suggests to help keep moths at bay by vacuuming and dusting the surfaces in your closet every week.
5. Add Plants to Your Patio
Are insects preventing you from enjoying your patio? Plant a few insect-repelling plants such as marigolds, citronella grass, catnip and rosemary among your greenery, according to Lifehacker.com.
With some items you might already have in your home, these natural pest repellents may help keep critters at bay in your place.