Fleas, ants and roaches are common household pests. There are many products that claim to kill these annoying critters, but most of them are full of harsh chemicals, require you to leave your house for a few days or leave a toxic residue in the carpet that you wouldn't want your children or pets to be playing on.
Instead, a number of safer home remedies can get rid of fleas, ants and roaches using common household products and good hygiene practices. Keep reading for 12 awesome methods:
1. Use dishwashing detergent against fleas. It's like liquid poison to fleas. Check out the solution demonstrated in the video below:
2. Wash and vacuum ... everything. WikiHow explains that to get rid of fleas, you need to get rid of their eggs and larvae, so spend a day washing everything in the house where they might live. The video below shows you how we do this:
3. Salt your carpet. This might seem strange, but here's why it works:
4. Make a natural flea spray. Once you've controlled the initial flea population using the steps above, make your own natural products to keep the fleas away. Try the solution below:
5. Deter ants with household products. Forget the harsh chemicals that can also stink up your house! Try using these 4 homemade solutions in the video below to keep them at bay:
6. Bait or trap the ants. In the video below, see how we make a homemade trap:
7. Find the ant nest. Be careful: Some ants are aggressive and have painful bites! They also play an important part in our ecological system, so only destroy the nest if other methods have failed. Pour boiling water into the entry point of the nest; it will flow throughout the tunnels and kill the colony. You can also use a solution of camphor oil and methylated spirits, according to WikiHow. Your aim should be to kill the queen, who is responsible for reproducing in the colony.
8. Starve roaches.
9. Deter roaches. As with ants, there are natural chemicals and scents that roaches can't stand. Here are some of them:
10. Use roach bait. There are many types of store-bought bait, but you can also make your own.
11. Make your own roach spray.
12. Make a roach trap. Roaches need water, so they'll go to great lengths to get it.
A bad infestation is a health hazard, and at some point you may need to use a chemical bug spray or insecticide bomb, or even call in the professionals. But try these natural home remedies first; they're better for your family, your pets and the environment.