Tricks That Will Keep Bugs, Mice, And Other Pests Far Away From You

As the weather grows warmer, bugs and mice scurry inside homes. They want shade and water, but nobody wants a swarm of ants or spiders along their walls. So how can you get rid of them without spraying harsh chemicals all over your home?

Fortunately, the internet provides many natural methods to exterminate or repel pests– with some instant mashed potatoes, you have the perfect rat bait. Rubbing a cooking oil on your arm can dispel mosquitoes. If you don’t want pests bugging you, check out these tricks.

Catnip Works More Than Most Insect Repellants

Ground catnip sits in a plastic container.
Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Although cats love catnip, bugs hate it. In 2001, researchers at Iowa State University compared catnip oil to Diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), found in most store-bought repellents. Catnip oil was ten times more effective at keeping away mosquitoes and roaches than DEET.

The downside? The catnip oil that researchers used was highly concentrated. You’d either need a lot of catnip or the essential oil to keep away bugs. Still, a catnip plant can do wonders for your home.