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      Top Natural Remedies To Rid Your Home Of Pests

      If you’re struggling to get rid of those pesky ants that find their way into your pantry, or flies that just won’t buzz off, but don’t want to resort to bug spray and chemicals, you’re in luck.

      It just so happens that there are plenty of things around the house that you can use in order to help with pest control that don’t contain hard to pronounce ingredients.

      1. Coffee

      For plunger coffee lovers and those who use a coffee machine, the leftover coffee grounds you have aren’t only good for the garden, they also are great at helping to deter ants from entering your home.

      The grounds confuse the ants and block the scent trails they were following. So when next you’re done with a pot of coffee, sprinkle the grounds around your home and watch the ants go marching back to their home.

      2. Apple Cider Vinegar

      Often used as a weight-loss aid and known for being a great substitute for over-the-counter heartburn medication, apple cider vinegar is a must-grab option when it comes to managing fruit flies. Anytime you find that they’re becoming a little too prolific near your fruit basket you can grab a shallow bowl and pour in some apple cider vinegar.

      Some people like to cover the bowl with plastic wrap, with a few holes punched into it, believing flies will get in but not be able to get out – however, you can also leave it open as if the fruit flies settle on the vinegar, they’re unlikely to get out either. Your choice.

      3. Cornmeal

      Another ant management option in your kitchen is cornmeal. Find where the ants are coming in and sprinkle some cornmeal around the entry point (just ensure it’s not a commonly used area like a doorway).

      The ants will be attracted to the scent of cornmeal and eat it, as well as take it home to their colony. However, their stomachs aren’t able to digest cornmeal, and this means that the ants won’t come back. This is a great and very safe option for those who have pets.Top of Form

      4. White Vinegar

      Another solution to rid your home of ants is to remove the odor that ants leave behind for others in their colony to follow. White vinegar has compounds in it that break down this odor and ensure the other ants can’t find their way back to your kitchen.

      Dilute the vinegar down a little with water – and can add a few drops of orange or peppermint oil into the mix – since ants don’t like the smell of those either. Vinegar is also a great spider deterrent, so it can’t hurt to spray it round your doorways and windows every few weeks.

      5. Fresh Herbs

      Great in salads and on tossed onto your marinaded meat on the grill, fresh herbs add a pop of green into your life, and you can munch on them while playing at They also are great at warding off pests. Mosquitos hate the scent of rosemary and sage – which is great for you when you’re having a backyard bonfire since you can throw some on the fire to keep them at bay.