The weather in Singapore is in “forever summer” mode and with this humid and sunny climate comes a slew of irritating pests that can have you pulling at your hair. From roaches in the kitchen to wasp nests hanging outside your living room window -- you need to get rid of them but at what cost? If you have children at home, whipping out the toxic insect spray is probably something that you would like to avoid doing and it does not treat the cause of the problem, merely the symptoms.
Here are some tips and tricks to naturally rid your home of these unwanted pests without filling your home with chemicals and expensive equipment or tools. All you need are items easily found in your pantry and some patience.
- Cayenne pepper – prepare a spray bottle and fill it up with a mix of about 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 2 cups of water. Use this cayenne spray like you would an insect repellant and the bothersome flies will flee out your windows.
- Vinegar – pour some apple cider vinegar or white vinegar into a bowl to fill it up halfway and drop about 6-8 drops of dishwashing liquid in. Leave the bowl in the affected area and watch the flies drop one by one.
- Basil – these fragrant herbs are great in pasta and salads, easy to grow indoors and are effective in keeping flies away. Place a pot of Basil at windows and in the kitchen to prevent flies from entering the home.
- Eucalyptus and lemon oil – the active component in both lemon and eucalyptus oil, cineole, contains antiseptic properties which works as an insect-repellant when sprayed onto the skin. Replace that bottle of mosquito spray with your own DIY mosquito-repellant and you will effectively keep mosquitoes at bay without suffering the ill effects of the chemicals found in store-bought sprays.
- Tea tree, lavender, clove or mint oil – if you love to burn essence oils at home, it is time to buy some oils in the tea tree oil, lavender and mint scents. Each of these has mosquito-repellant properties; in short, they hate smelling these, so burn, baby burn!
- White vinegar – the combination of vinegar and water in equal amounts will help in removing the scent trails of ants and that will make them lose their direction. Spritz some of this mixture onto a rag and wipe down the areas where ants commonly crawl over.
- Chalk – ants are fearless, yes, but everyone is afraid of something, right? Well, ants are afraid of chalk. Or rather, they are afraid of walking on chalk and will avoid doing so at all cost. Deviate ants off their course by drawing on surfaces or parts of the wall where ants crawl over and they will soon disappear forever. Or until the chalk fades away.
- Cinnamon – the scent of cinnamon is delightful to us humans but ants hate it. They hate it so much that they will completely avoid it altogether. To utilize cinnamon in fighting off ants, start by mixing 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with 1 cup of water and use the mixture to wipe down surfaces.
If your pest issue is a lot more serious than you can deal with yourself, let us help you by arranging for a professional pest buster to solve your problem.