Bang for Your Buck: 4 Easy and Effective DIY Insect Repellents

No matter how hard you try to keep your home clean and safe, pests always seem to find a way to get into your food, under your table, and onto your skin! For crawling and flying insects alike, guard your home with these four easy homemade pest repellents that are safe and effective.

Cucumbers vs. Cockroaches
Cockroaches have a natural aversion to the smell of cucumbers. You can slice fresh cucumbers or just peel off their skins, and place them strategically throughout the house. Bay leaves and garlic cloves are also known cockroach repellents.

Pepper vs. Ants

These little invaders can be a big problem at home. Try sprinkling black or cayenne pepper powder to the ant trails leading to your kitchen or dining table. Cinnamon and talc powder work, too!

Plants vs. Mosquitoes

Lemon grass, marigolds, catnip, and rosemary are all great household plants that naturally deter mosquitoes. These plants contain essential oils that are commonly used for mosquito repellents. You don’t need to have an actual garden. Instead, try growing them indoors in small pots, which make great decorations as well.

Herbs vs. Flies

Houseflies do not like the smell of mint, thyme, rosemary, and lavender. You can crush the herbs and place them in small containers around the house. Displaying the actual plant works, too!

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