Non-Toxic Pest Repellents – Your 5 children-Safe Options

Home is where the heart is, isn’t it? It’s where your children eat, sleep, play with the family pet, makes messes, and have adventures in the backyard. Unfortunately, all of those things are also invitations for pests to enter your home! Traditional insecticides, pesticides, and fumigation methods are effective, but they’re also time-consuming and expensive. Not to mention, toxic! You don’t want to expose your children to dangerous poisons right in your home, but you also don’t want to be fending off flies, ants, or the occasional spider! Yuck! Fortunately, you have some options. These five children-friendly pest repellents can help keep your home pest free, without using toxic chemicals!

Citrus Spray

Insects hate citrus! It’s really easy to make an all-natural bug spray that works as a non-toxic cleaner in your kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re a fan of grapefruit, orange, or you use lemon as a natural cleaner, you probably already have it at home. Save the zest from your citrus fruits, and soak them in water for a couple days. Drain the rinds out, and pour the water into a spray bottle. It’s super effective, a great natural cleaner, and simple and cheap to refill, so you’ll always have it on hand!

Baby Powder

Some insects, like ants do not like the smell or feel of talcum powder, AKA baby powder! Great news for your little one, and for you. If you’ve got a baby at home, it’s as easy is sprinkling powder on the floor, or around any cracks you might have spotted. And really, who doesn’t love that smell?

Scare Them Off With Spice

Different herbs or spices can be pest repellents. Know your enemy. If you’ve got an ant problem, sprinkle curry powder, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon. If it’s roaches, garlic powder or bay leaves work wonders. Flies hate the smell of rosemary, lemongrass and lavender. Stay away from fruity smelling perfume, and opt for more natural, herbal scents, and you’ll find it much easier to ward off pests!

Dryer Sheets

Keeping a dryer sheet in your pocket is said to ward off mosquitoes. Lining your garbage with a dryer sheet will cut down on the smell, which means its less likely to attract fruit flies and other insects that feed on decomposition. It’s a great way to cut down on insect bites, inside and outside your home.

Ultrasonic Pest Control

If you’ve got an infestation and you’re finding the natural methods aren’t quite cutting it, you might want to bring out the big guns. The big, ultrasonic guns, that is. Electronic pest repellent devices work by emitting a sound that is too high for us to hear, but is enough to scare any bug off the property. Check with the manufacturer for the best electronic pest repellents for your home.

Your home is your children’s safe haven, and when it’s infested by pests, you feel a lot less safe. But you don’t want to pump the air full of chemicals that can kill the bugs, if it risks respiratory problems, or other health issues. There are natural pest repellents you can use to protect your children from insects, rodents and other pests. And when those fail, electronic pest repellents offer an effective and safe option for your children, and your home!

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Jennifer Shackelford
 

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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