Tips To Get Rid Of Creepy Crawlers...Bugs and Pests

Here are a few tips get rid of the most common creepy crawlers in and around your home.

Ants...The Tiny Creepy Crawlers

  • Next time you have a problem with ants marching across your kitchen counters, try wiping the countertops down with undiluted white vinegar.
  • To prevent ants from coming inside your home or getting into the cupboards, sprinkle red pepper or dried mint where they are seen entering the house and cupboards.
  • Pour three gallons of boiling-hot water down inside the ant hills to get rid of them. It's best to do this when the ants are near the surface and being active. CAUTION: Don't do this close to flowers because they will die as well.
  • Another mixture used to kill ants is a combination of borax and confectioner's sugar at a 50/50 ratio. Spread the mixture onto a piece or cardboard or other piece of board near any ant hills. This works well because the sugar attracts the ants, and when the ants return back to their nest, they carry the deadly sugar/borax combination back to the queen and other ants, and soon afterwards, they will all be dead. Borax is a laundry additive, not a pesticide, and can be found in stores down the laundry detergent aisle. CAUTION: Don't place this where children or pets may come into contact with it and ingest the mixture.

Cockroaches...The Real Creepy Crawlers!

  • Put some bay leaves on your cupboard shelves to keep these nasty bugs out of there.
  • Concoct a mixture of 1/3 cornmeal, 1/3 flour, 1/3 Borax and a dash of powdered sugar. Take it and sprinkle into the crevices under your sinks and vanities; this is where cockroaches just love to hide. Remember to keep this away from children and animals.
  • Another relatively safe and inexpensive formula for cockroaches: Mix powdered nondairy creamer with powdered boric acid and sugar. Use a mixture of 50% boric acid to 25% each of the sugar and creamer. Sprinkle this mixture in all the dark, warm places that these bugs love. This is typically underneath stoves and sinks, behind the refrigerator, in cupboards and closets, and so forth. The roaches will walk through the powder, ingest it, and die. Although it is considered to be relatively safe, it should be kept away from children and pets.

Aphids and Spiders...The Small But Scary Creepy Crawlers

  • To keep aphids and spiders off your plants: Wash the plant off using a solution of mild dishwashing soap and water. Mix the solution to a ratio of 1/4 teaspoon of the dishwashing liquid to 1 quart water. Flush the leaves, including the undersides, with this solution. No need to a matter of fact, DON'T!

Insect Repellents

  • When using insect repellents, be especially careful when using those that contain DEET. It would be best to spray it on your clothes rather than on your skin; it's much safer used this way, especially for children.
  • White vinegar makes a great substitute for insect repellents. Use a cotton ball to apply it to your skin and apply it liberally. Bugs will not be able to stand how you taste, and fortunately the odor of the vinegar will disappear as soon as it dries. Ideal for children!

These are just a few tips that we have found helpful for getting rid of creepy crawlers. We hope you find these ideas helpful as well.

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