We recently found ants in our kitchen, which sent me searching for natural ways to eliminate pests. I don’t like using toxic sprays or traps. I know that there are natural alternatives to toxic chemicals, so I decided to do a bit of research. Thankfully, there are many natural products you can use to control pests.

Cinnamon

Sprinkling cinnamon near insects’ points of entry will discourage them from entering your home. It may take a bit of detective work to find out where they’re coming in, but once you’ve found the spot, sprinkle ground cinnamon in the area to keep them away.

Cedar Blocks

If moths are your problem, add cedar shavings or cedar blocks to your hope chest or closet. Many hope chests are made of cedar wood for this very reason. The scent, which is very pleasant, will discourage moths from damaging your clothes and blankets.

Peppermint

Ants, caterpillars, beetles, flies, and fleas dislike the smell of peppermint. You can either place fresh peppermint leaves in a draw string bag, or put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball. Just leave the peppermint in the problem area to keep pests from returning.

Citrus Peels

If you have a problem with spiders, try sprinkling a few citrus peels in their favorite corners. If you’d rather not leave the pools behind, simply rub the area down with the peels. The peel of any citrus fruit will work, including oranges, grapefruits, and lemons.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most frugal ways to deal with spiders in your home. White vinegar contains acetic acid, which is harmful to spiders. All you need to do is mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the areas where you see spiders, and wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge. Repeat as needed to keep spiders away.

Fortify Your Home

One of the best ways to deter pests is to stop them before they even enter your yard. Eliminate any standing water outdoors. Remove dead or decaying plant matter. Plant lemon balm, peppermint, citronella, marigolds, chives, oregano, parsley, and thyme around the border of your home. Pests don’t like the smell of these plants and will choose to go elsewhere.