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How to Get Rid of Common Bugs at Home

Wong Shu Lee  

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  June 04, 2022

When you think of house pests, insects may be the first critters that come to mind. After all, who likes seeing ants or flies infesting their home? Other common house insects include feared pests such as termites, bed bugs, and cockroaches. 

 

Forms response chart. Question title: What are the common pests at your home?. Number of responses: 14 responses.

 

Above is the survey response from our colleagues. The most common house insects in Malaysia are ants, cockroaches, lizards, and mosquitoes. (I’m not quite sure why dog exists in our responses.)

 

Home bugs can be a huge pain, and in some cases, they can even be dangerous to your health (think flies), or dangerous to your property (wood-eating termites). It is wise to take care of a home bug problem as soon as possible before it escalates into a serious issue. 

 

Below are some useful tips to get rid of these common bugs in households. 

 

Ants

 

Ants want the same thing any creature does: water, food, and shelter. This is why these bite-sized bugs have a habit of invading our homes.  And whilst these tiny insects aren’t harmful or hazardous to health they can often be an unpleasant sight, or worse, chew their way through important electrical wiring. 

 

  • Citrus fruits like lemon, limes, and oranges are a great natural ant repellent, lemons are toxic to certain types of fungi that ants feed on, therefore placing lemon peel or lemon juice around your home will cause ants to stay clear. 
  • Plant-extracted essential oils like spearmint and peppermint were repellent to Argentine ants. Pop a few drops in an oil incense burner and place them near the source of your ant infestation. Or dilute some oil in water and spray on the affected areas. 
  • Generously cover them in cornstarch and then pour water on top of this pile of cornstarch. After a while, vacuum up the cornstarch to make sure that they are all removed and dispose of the vacuum bag immediately. 

 

Cockroaches

 

Shelter, food, and water attract roaches to your home, but how do they get in? The most common way roaches enter your home is through tiny cracks and gaps in windows, doors, and other areas. 

 

  • Baking soda is one of the fastest, easiest ways to get rid of roaches – and it’s probably something you already have in your pantry. To make a DIY roach bait, dice a handful of onions and sprinkle them with baking soda.

Place this appetizer in a shallow dish anywhere you’ve noticed roach activity. When the roaches consume baking soda, it creates gasses in the roaches’ stomachs, causing them to burst.

  • Citrus is a tasty treat for humans, but it’s a repellent to cockroaches. The smell of lemons, specifically, deters roaches. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the water you use to mop your floors. The scent won’t be detectable to people, but it will send roaches packing. 

 

Lizards

 

Lizards are small reptiles, and most of us don’t think of them as pests. Still, they can occasionally take over your home, yard, or garden. And, when they do, you can have a serious problem on your hands. 

 

  • Identify and Seal Entry Points and make it more difficult for lizards to get into your home by finding out how they’re accessing it. We recommend focusing on filling holes and cracks with caulk, installing weather-stripping to the sides of windows and doors, and using a wire mesh to patch bigger access points, like vents. 
  • Things like hot sauce, pepper, and cayenne emit a strong smell that deters lizards. For best results, mix a few tablespoons of your pepper of choice with a pint of warm water. Shake the mixture well and spray it in the corners of your home, and outside, along access points like doors and windows.

 

Mosquitoes

 

When you are living in a tropical country like Malaysia, getting a mosquito-free home is a dream. Apart from the dangerous diseases spread by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever, mosquitoes can be very annoying since mosquito bites can keep itching long after the bite and the noise they make can also prevent you from falling asleep. 

 

  • When it is dusk and the sun is going down, tightly close all doors and windows if you don’t have nets attached to them already. 
  • Pooled water from your AC or in the garden can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If there are places inside the house such as storerooms or kitchen lofts where you stack old items, clean those areas from time to time as mosquitoes are likely to make a nest there. 
  • An easy way to get rid of mosquitoes inside the house is to keep indoor mosquito repellent plants such as marigolds, tulsi, lemongrass, mint, and catnip. 

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