DIY Pest Control & Prevention Tips for Household Bugs

Ant Home Remedies

While it may be quick and effective, pesticide isn’t the only way to deal with insects and pests at home. Natural home remedies may also offer an effective (and safe) solution if the pest invasion is dealt with at an early stage. All it may take are some common household ingredients.

Popular DIY Pest Control Remedies

Common household bugs can be dealt with by using a mix of DIY home remedies. Here are some popular choices we recommend.

DIY Pest Control Tips

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
This natural white powder is made from the fossilized remains of phytoplanktons, known as diatoms. They are effective at killing soft-bodied insects like fleas and ants due to having super-sharp microscopic edges. To insects, getting exposed to diatomaceous earth may feel like stepping on shards of broken glass.

Beneficial Insects
Not all bugs are bad and frightening. There are certain species of bugs known as beneficial insects that eat or attack the actual pests and for the most part leave your garden plants alone. These insects can form a great sustainable pest control solution for your yard.

Borax & Boric Acid
Borax and boric acid are popular household remedies that can be used to eliminate soft-bodied insects like ants and fleas. Borax can kill pests by causing havoc on the bug’s digestive system. The affected insects will gradually die from starvation or dehydration.

Essential Oils
Essential oils such as eucalyptus oil and lavender oil may provide temporary relief against pests like mosquitoes and flies. Essential oil shouldn’t be used in its pure form. It should be diluted first before it is applied around your home.

Apple Cider Vinegar
The fermented smell of vinegar can be used to eliminate certain types of insects, such as fruit flies and gnats. Vinegar is often used as a trap. It is mixed with a few drops of dish soap then poured into a small bowl, where any insects that get into contact with the liquid will drown.

Common Household & Garden Bugs

Different bugs may require different DIY remedies. Here is a list you can reference to learn about the different methods of dealing with common household and garden bugs.

You can also check out our full collection of pest control articles for more tips and guides on handling pest invasions on your own without the need to call the professionals.

Pest Control Prevention Tips

Ultimately, the best way to control a pest invasion in your home is to prevent it from the very start. This usually comes down to controlling three factors: food, water, and shelter.

Clear Away the Food
When food becomes scarce, insects like cockroaches will scavenge their way into homes in order to survive. The smallest of bread crumbs will be enough for pests to get attracted to your homes. If you aren’t already doing so, get in the habit of clearing out the trash regularly, and vacuuming your home so there is little to no dust on the floor.

Eliminate Standing Water
This applies strongly to people who live in area with dry weather. Water is another common attractant for household pests. Make sure you get rid of all the standing water that may exist in and around your home. Check for and repair leaking pipes and faucets.

Get Rid of the Shelters
Your home provides a great shelter for bugs, especially when there is poor weather. First, make sure there’s no way for bugs to enter your home. Check for and repair all crevices and cracks along the wall. Make sure there’s little to no space along the windowsill and door.

For homeowners with a backyard or garden, get rid of the debris piles (e.g. dead wood and piles of leaves) as they are perfect spots for bugs to hide from predators. Lawns should also be well-maintained. Keep the grass short. Overgrown grass and shrubs can provide shelter for pests like fleas, which isn’t ideal if your kids and pets like to play in the yard often.

Check Your Belonging
Spent some time outdoor? Always check your clothes and belongings before you go back inside. For example, some insects, like ticks and ants, may have hitched a ride after your clothes got exposed to some tall bushes. You should also check your luggage carrier as certain pests, like bed bugs, are known to spread to different places by latching themselves onto travel bags.

Sam at Organic Lesson

is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.