Peppermint Will Keep Unwanted Pests Out Of Your Home

If you're having problems with spiders, fleas, mice, or other pests in your home, don't grab for a can of poison. First grab a peppermint plant. You might be surprised at how effective this herbal remedy can be.

If you've ever inhaled a cup of peppermint tea or licked a peppermint flavored candy cane, you know just how strong the scent and flavor of peppermint is. The herb has volatile oils that are pleasing to us in small doses. Pests just hate it, though.

One way to use peppermint to get rid of pests is to make a very strong tea of the herbs. Just let them steep for 30 minutes in hot water and strain the brew. When it cools, you can put it into a spray bottle and squirt away. Spray your baseboards, floors, counter tops and pantry. Spray your plants outside for a safe and effective way of repelling aphids and beetles. Peppermint won't harm humans, plants or pets, but it will turn off any pest that might come snooping around.

Another way to repel pests with peppermint is to dry the herb and sprinkle it around the house. Throw peppermint leaves into the crawl space or on top of cabinets. If you prefer, put it in a small pouch to create a sachet. Throw these into your closets, tuck them into drawers or trunks.

If you prefer working with essential oils, a few dabs of peppermint oil in places where you suspect pests are entering should effectively deter them.

If you really want to be pro-active, plant a border of peppermint around your house. Peppermint plants are very easy to grow, and it'll act like a barrier protecting your home.

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