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Nobody likes seeing a bug or rodent in his or her home. It probably makes you squirm and feel that your house is dirty. Unfortunately, it’s just a natural part of life. However, with these tricks, you will never see a bug or mouse in your house again.

Don’t Use Cheese to Capture Mice

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We all think that mice love cheese. This isn’t true. Rather than baiting a house with cheese, try using peanut butter and save the cheese for yourself.


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Citronella is actually a natural oil and repels mosquitos. You can buy citronella candles or oils and keep them near you while you’re enjoying a warm summer night to keep gnats and mosquitos away.

Bay Leaves

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Bay leaves are a natural repellent to cockroaches. They can’t stand the smell of them. So, if you have roaches, keep some bay leaves in an open container.


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Catnip will repel mosquitos better than citronella. Place some catnip in a bowl and relax as you enjoy not being bitten by mosquitos.


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Spiders stay away from peppermint scents. If you have a spider problem, use peppermint oil to ward them off.


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Wormwood is also a natural repellent of mosquitos. Plant some wormwood around your home to keep those pesky bugs away.

Coconut Oil

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If you rub coconut oil on yourself, it will keep mosquitos away. They can’t stand the smell of it. Not only will it keep bugs away, but it will also moisturize your skin.

Eucalyptus Oil

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Mice hate strong smells. So, eucalyptus oil is perfect for keeping rodents away. Use an oil diffuser to fill your home with its scent.

Mashed Potatoes

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Kill mice without making a mess with mashed potato flakes. When the mice eat the flakes, they will expand in their stomachs and kill them. You will still have to clean up their bodies though.


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Mosquitos and gnats hate the smell of cinnamon. So, use some cinnamon oil or cinnamon scented lotion to keep them away from your skin.

Dryer Sheets

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This old wives’ tale rings true. Rubbing a dryer sheet on your skin will repel mosquitos.

Cat Litter

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Cats are known for getting rid of any mice in the house. So will their litter. When mice smell a cat’s urine, they are more likely to stay away.

Vanilla Extract

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Mix a tablespoon of vanilla extract with a tablespoon of water and rub it on your skin to repel flies, mosquitos, and gnats. This is perfect during camping trips!

Cedar Shavings

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Place cedar chips in your drawers to repel roaches, ants, beetles, and moths. You can also put them around your home.

Steel Wool

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Fill up those pesky holes bugs and rodents get through with steel wool. This is one material they won’t be able to eat through.


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Spiders are not fans of vinegar. Spray some vinegar around your home if you notice there are a lot of spiders. You can also spray it outside of your home to keep them out.


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Garlic doesn’t work with just vampires. It also repels mosquitos. You can buy garlic spray or make it yourself by juicing garlic cloves in a spray bottle.


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Mosquitos also hate the smell of onions. Juice an onion and spray it around the outside of your home.


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The scent of cloves will keep away roaches and ants. It will also kill them if they come in contact with it. This is one natural bug killer that gets the job done.


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Use chalk dust to keep ants out of your home. If you notice ants congregating in a specific area, sprinkle some chalk dust there. The calcium carbonate stops them from being able to smell other ants.


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If you’re looking for a natural mouse exterminator, mix cocoa and plaster of Paris. When the mice eat the cocoa, they will get thirsty, which will activate the plaster, killing them quietly.


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Ants can’t stand cucumbers. If you have an ant problem, cut up some cucumbers and place them around the house. Just remember to change them out often.

Tea Tree Oil

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If your animal catches fleas, simply apply tea tree oil to your pet. This will repel the fleas and will even kill them if they come in contact with it. This is a much better option than the chemical-filled repellents you can buy in the store.

Lavender Oil

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Keep pesky mosquitos away with lavender oil. Rub it on your skin or burn lavender flowers in a bowl.

Diatomaceous Earth

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Diatomaceous earth is made from fossilized aquatic organisms. Sprinkle it around your home to get rid of roaches, bed bugs, fleas, and ants within 48 hours.


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To keep pests away from your plants, sprinkle crushed eggshells around them. Along with keeping pests away, they also provide nutrients to the soil.

Thyme Oil

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It’s been concluded that thyme oil provides 91% protection from mosquitos. A great trick while camping is to throw some thyme into the fire. The scent will keep the bugs away.


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Borax offers a quick and easy solution to an ant infestation. Mix 1.5 cups of warm water, 1.5 tablespoons of Borax, and 0.5 cups of sugar in a bowl. Soak cotton balls with the mixture and place them around the house where you have seen ants. It will kill them instantly.

Citrus Peels

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Gnats and mosquitos stay away from citrus peels due to their smell. To keep them from biting you, rub an orange peel on your skin.

Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper will keep mice away, no problem. Soak some cotton balls in a mixture of water and cayenne pepper and leave them in places where mice frequent. It will repel them with no problem.