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Unwanted Pests and How to Kill Them

Most people would prefer not to share their homes with invaders who don’t chip in on the rent. We’re talking about insects. They like to travel in groups, eat and poo in the same spot, and reproduce like it’s 1999.

Oh. No. Ants, roaches, fleas, and the like have got to go. Since you probably don’t have the time to crush them under your shoe or thumb, you need a solution. Learn how give them the boot without using any toxic chemicals. Try these DIY bug-zapping recipes below to save your wallet and home from the pesky intruders.


Yeah they’re tiny and virtually harmless, but when ants start marching through your kitchen like they own the place, it’s a problem. Depending on your preference, you can either kill them or repel them.

Ant Repellents

  • Lemon juice: Spray or squirt lemon where ants enter (walls, cracks, etc.), and the scent will deter them.
  • Chalk: Sounds funny, but people claim that by drawing chalk lines at entry points, ants won’t cross the path. The calcium in it acts as a repellent, and gardeners tout chalk powder for its effectiveness, too.
  • Cinnamon and clove: One of Granny’s faves. Combine these two powders together and sprinkle around the house to keep ants away.
  • Cornmeal: Using cornmeal indoors or outdoors is known to get rid of ants and their nests.
  • White vinegar: Spray a solution of ½ water, ½ vinegar where they hang out and the smell will drive them away.

Ant Killers

  • Borax: Mixed with sugar, water, and dish soap into a spray, this recipe is a disaster for ants. You can also make borax bombs by dipping a cotton ball into a solution of borax and sugar and setting them out.
  • Red pepper: Cayenne powder blasted into cracks, anthills, or any other spot will kill them.
  • Honey traps: Watch the video below by Sicilian Prince to see how to whoop ant butts with honey. Seriously.


They bite your pets, but they bite people, too. Ugh. To get rid of the tiny vampires, try these methods.

  • Borax: This versatile powder can be sprinkled on surfaces to kill and deter fleas, but be careful about using it near your pets and children. Leave it on the floors for 12 to 48 hours before vacuuming it up.
  • Rosemary: Steep 1 to 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves in boiling water; after it’s cooled, mix with your pet’s bath water for a flea dip. Allow your pet to air dry.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Add a capful to your pet’s drinking water daily; fleas don’t like the taste of sour blood.
  • Dish soap: Used as either a bath shampoo or trap, dish soap kills fleas. To make a trap, get 1 shallow dish (or more) and fill it with warm water. Add a few drops of dish soap and place on the floor, close to light. please continue to Next Page (>)