SEPTEMBER is here and spiders are on the prowl for a new mate – and they could be inside your home.
It's mating season for these creepy and unwelcome house guests who – to our horror – sneak inside for a warm place to make their babies
Spiders and ants, bed bugs, beetles and buzzing wasps can cause chaos behind closed doors, but there’s plenty of simple ways to keep them at bay without buying a single thing.
Here, Anna Mollins, a pest control pro at PestFix, reveals the handy hacks to banish bugs using items around your home – and it won’t cost you a penny…
Vaseline for ants
That pot of petroleum jelly in the bathroom treats burns, soothes dry skin and – surprisingly – stops ants coming into your house.
“Spread a generous amount across pathways and around entry points to your home,” says Anna. “Ants leave a trail of pheromones behind them, forming a path around your house for others to follow. Vaseline dampens the scent and will help stop them following their friends into your kitchen to cause havoc on your surfaces.”
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“Pop a sheet in common hiding places like cupboards, or by windows and doors,” says Anna. “It’s not the smell that repels them, it’s the feel. Dryer sheets have a negative charge and get rid of static on our clothes. If a rodent gives one a sniff, they’ll experience a very funny feeling – and they won’t want to go near it again.”
Vanilla extract for mosquitoes
That little bottle of sweet stuff in your baking cupboard isn’t just for cakes. Put a few drops on your household surfaces, but remember to regularly clean and top up to keep the scent strong.
“Vanilla extract, like peppermint or tea tree oil, has a very strong scent,” says Anna. “Mosquitoes are attracted to our body odour so by using a stronger smell, it’ll dampen or even totally mask it and you’ll have much fewer itchy bites.”
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