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Natural Ways To Get Rid of 4 Common Pests

Want to get rid of pests but don’t want to use harsh pesticides or traps? With big infestations, you have to turn to stronger alternatives. However, if you see only one or two problem pests and don’t think it’s time for the “big guns” quite yet, here are some simple tricks to try to manage the situation.


With a three-day reproduction cycle, fleas bounce back from attempts to get rid of them pretty quickly. You need patience first and foremost. If you want to keep them off humans, essential oils such as tea tree and eucalyptus may be enough. However, such oils can be deadly to pets. A 1:1 solution of vinegar and water sprayed on your pet might be your best option, in addition to daily vacuuming, and then salting, your floors, furniture and carpets.


These guys are exceptionally sneaky, needing a hole as little as 1/32th of an inch to invade your home. A natural pesticide is mixing a solution of 1:1 sugar and borax and then sprinkling it around their favorite hangouts. If your roaches laugh at your attempts to evict them, you may have to contact local pest exterminators Columbus OH or in your hometown to send the bugs a stronger message.

Fruit Flies

You can create an effective trap by filling a bowl with a 3:1 solution of apple cider vinegar and water and then adding a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Don’t mix it, just set it out where you’ve seen the most flies. This trick proves the saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” is false.


The way these insects communicate with each other and navigate their environment is with pheromones or scent trails. By wiping down your counters and floors with straight vinegar, you can stop ants in their tracks.

Don’t sleep on it if you spot a lone ant or flea. If you see one, there’s like more. The sooner you respond, the more likely you are to prevent infestation.