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Are you tired of finding insects every time you turn around or swatting at mosquitoes when you want to be outside on a warm evening? If you’re wondering how to get rid of bugs, I have the perfect solution for you today. The best part? Each of these natural pest control remedies are safe and made with common ingredients!

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Along with the warmer weather comes lots of bugs – of all varieties. Eww! Ouch! They can get into your house, your food, or even bite you. If you are like me and mosquitoes LOVE you, you know exactly what I mean! 

If you’re tired of scratching and swatting your way through summer, trust me, you’re NOT alone.

Put the fly swatter away and get to work on one of these clever natural ways to get rid of bugs fast!

15 Clever Natural Pest Control Methods That Keep Bugs Away

Wondering how to get rid of bugs (safely)? I have the answers! Each of the 15 natural pest control ideas I’m showing you today uses ingredients you probably already have around your house.

These ideas are safe – and more importantly – they work.

Bonus: You won’t be smelling any harsh chemicals and these methods are generally safe around children and pets. 🙂

DIY All Natural Pest Control | Pop Sugar

Catnip, witch hazel, and other essential oils are combined to make a DIY bug spray that keeps mosquitoes, ants, and other pesky insects away while you enjoy the outdoors.

bottle of bug off sitting on a table

Epsom Salts as a Natural Pest Control | Real Farmacy

Use Epsom salts to deter snails and slugs around your garden plants. You can also create a simple and safe spray solution for your lawn that deters insects without damaging your grass.

a gloved hand putting epsom salt on the ground near a tomato plant

Homemade Non-Toxic Ant Poison | Kitchen Stewardship

Make an all-natural ant poison in just two minutes using corn syrup and borax.

Tip: The poison will dry out in a day or two, so for continued use, reapply more poison every couple of days.

I so need to do this, because we get ants every spring!

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Get Rid of Spiders | Kids Activities Blog

Does it creep you out to find spiders crawling around your house? I personally get the heeby-jeebies, and my kids REALLY freak out.

In the past, I’ve killed them and gone about my merry way. Now, I prefer to let them live – just not inside my house! 

Keep spiders away from your house with peppermint essential oil. It sounds crazy, but it works.

spray bottle lying on a table with leaves of fresh peppermint

Use Ladybugs | Practically Functional

Is your garden overrun with aphids, ants, or mites? Ladybugs are VERY good for your garden because they kill unwanted garden pests.

Introduce ladybugs into your garden to get them under control (couldn’t be more natural!).

plant with multiple ladybugs on it

Keeping Mosquitoes Away (Natural Pest Control) | Pure Wow

Ugh. When you are THAT person who mosquitoes love to feast on, being outside can go from being fun to miserable in 30 seconds flat. Add sage to a fire when you’re entertaining to keep bugs away from the party. Party on!

Related Post: 12 Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Far Far Away 

hand putting fresh lavender sprigs on a hot charcoal grill

DIY Citronella Candles | Garden Therapy

Recycle tin cans to make your own citronella candles. It’s easier than you’d think! Plus, since these candles are quick and easy to make, you can make a batch of them to spread all around your yard so you can enjoy those warm summer evenings (and cocktails or mocktails) in peace.

carrier holding 6 DIY candles in cans

Goodbye Wasps | Naturally Thrifty

Wasps may be useful pollinators in their own right, but their stings hurt! Get rid of wasps naturally with peppermint oil, dish soap, and water.

Now they can happily live…elsewhere.

image of wasp nest up in the corner of a deck

DIY Paraffin Candles | Marty’s Musings

This idea is so easy!

Use mason jars and citronella torch fuel to make these beautiful lanterns that keep bugs away. They add nice lighting and atmosphere to summer evenings, too!

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Wasps Begone! | The Spruce

Here’s another trick for wasps using vinegar, sugar and salt. This homemade wasp trap works well without harming bees (the vinegar keeps bees away).

A DIY wasp trap sitting on a ledge with a tree in the background

No More Silverfish | Clear and Well

Even though it’s comforting to know that these buggers don’t cause any real harm to person or home, it still unnerves me to find one scurrying in the house (they’re FAST!).

Deter them by using water, baking soda, and honey to create a sticky surface to get rid of silverfish in tight spaces. Check out these 5 tricks for getting rid of them!


Alternative Mosquito Repellent | Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’

Don’t like using DEET? Me neither. When you run out of DIY natural bug spray or need a little extra boost, Cool Mint Listerine can serve as a bug spray in a pinch. You’ll have to reapply it more often than traditional sprays, though.

Related Post: DIY Mosquito Repellent Bracelets 

spray bottle and bottle of Listerine on a table next to each other

Get Rid of Fruit Flies | My Blessed Life

If you’ve ever suffered through a fruit fly outbreak, you know how hard those suckers are to get rid of. Plus, they multiply faster than you can say “quick like a bunny”.

Use supplies you already have (like vinegar and Dawn dish detergent) to create a fruit fly trap that works like a charm.

Jar with paper funneled out of the top and fruit fly trap solution in the bottom

Repel House Flies | Flies Only

Want to enjoy your food without flies disturbing you? They hate the smell of cloves and lemons. Combine the two to repel house flies.

Bonus: The flies may not like it, but you will. Your house will smell amazing!

Halved lemons with cloves pushed into the fruit

Natural Herb Insect Deterrent Bundles | HGTV

Herbs like lavender, mint, and sage deter mosquitoes. Grow some in your yard!

Then, bundle and burn them whenever you want to deter mosquitoes. The burning herbs emit an earthy scent that people often feel comforting but mosquitoes hate. They also hate the smoke that the burning herbs create – win/win!

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With these clever natural pest control ideas, insects, mosquitoes, and other pests won’t bother you anymore!

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