5 DIY Home Remedies for Pest Control Methods

Last updated on October 25, 2023

Having problems with pests in your home? Here are 5 DIY home remedies to try and get rid of pests naturally. Read on!

There probably isn’t a single homeowner in the United States who, at some point or another, hasn’t dealt with pests of some sort. For some, these can be wild animals like raccoons or rats or so on, while for others, pests are bugs, ants, termites, and pretty much any other critter that can invade your home.

And while some choose to call a professional if they’ve got a pest problem on their property, others may opt for more natural pest control alternatives. In this article, that’s exactly what we’ll be looking at – some natural, at-home remedies to keep your home pest-free.


Garlic is a big favorite when it comes to natural repellents, because of its pungent scent. Many types of pests and wild animals tend to have more sensitive noses and a keener sense of smell than the average human being. So while for us, the smell of garlic may just be a nuisance, it can be highly bothersome for unwanted creepy-crawlies. 

In some cases, it can be enough to just grow garlic in your garden. If nothing else, you’ll never need garlic ever again, right? In other cases, however, it’s recommended that you prepare a spray, mixing crushed garlic with other strongly scented ingredients, like mint (another popular natural repellent), and of course water, or dishwashing liquid (which again is highly unpleasant for pests).

Borax Mix

Borax is well-known as a household ingredient. Its official name, of course, is sodium borate, and it has a variety of uses – in this case, keeping pests at bay. Borax, as one can assume, is something that most pests like ants or termites will do their best to avoid, as it poses an obstacle for their march about the house. While you can use Borax alone, it’s believed to be more efficient when mixed with sugar, to prevent pests of this nature.

Coffee Grounds

This is by far one of the easiest pest control methods you can use in your house, since you’ve probably got some used coffee grounds lying about right now. So it’s great that this particular hack allows you to recycle something you already own, and it’s also super easy to put into practice. The thing about coffee grounds is, you just have to scatter them in the area where you’ve seen ants, or any other type of critters. The efficiency of this method will, of course, depend on the type of pest you’re trying to eliminate – ants avoid coffee grounds like it’s poison, while others may be less impressed. Still, coffee grounds are an efficient method of keeping pests at bay.

Try Essential Oils

Essential oils are another big ingredient that you should be including in your DIY pest repellents. Once again, opt for oils with a strong scent, like lavender, eucalyptus, cloves, and so on. Pests, as well as wild animals, are more likely to be repulsed by strong scents. Though mind you, you will have to use the spray fairly regularly around the home, to see an improvement, otherwise, the scent will just fade.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Last but not least, one of our favorite DIY ingredients is apple cider vinegar. Because of its scent and strongly acidic nature, ACV is one of the main enemies of common household critters. So make sure you use it in your DIY repellent. 

Also, if the above DIY prevention methods don’t have the desired effect, don’t be afraid to call in a professional pest control company, like Mighty Men Pest Control. Whether you need a pest dealt with, or just some tips, they’ll provide swift and expert help.


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