One thing is for certain, insects are here to stay. Pesticides can cost a lot in the long haul, and exterminators can cost an arm & leg. Here are homemade solutions…..
All Purpose Insect Spray
I mix 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 small onion chopped, and 1 tablespoon of cayenne powder to one quart of water. Allow to steep 1 hour, then add 1 tablespoon of liquid Ivory soap. This insect spray will remain potent for only one week, so use it up.
Repel ants by washing countertops, cabinets, and floors with equal parts of water and vinegar. This works great at our home. Also, you can drive ants from the kitchen by sprinkling shelves or windowsills with cinnamon, cloves, or baking soda. Put it into crevices, too, and repeat every once in awhile.
To prevent ants, spiders, and bugs from entering your home or another structure, spray the foundation and the grout within a foot of the wall with a mixture of 1/2 cup of ground lemon (you can purée the lemon in a blender or food processor), including the rind, and 1 gallon of water. Apply with a garden sprinkling can. Not only is the weak solution versatile, it’s mild, cheap, and environmentally sound.
A common entrance for cockroaches is the holes through which the plumbing enters under the kitchen or bathroom sinks. Plug these tightly with rags or steel wool, and you’ll stop them from entering you’re home.
Mix 1/4 cup of shortening with 1/8 cup of sugar. In a separate container mix 1/2 pound of boric acid (available at pharmacies ) and 1/2 cup of flour; add to shortening mixture. Stir well with enough water to make a soft dough. Form into small balls the size of marbles and hide them in places that roaches love to hide. This recipe works far better than commercial products. Just make sure you keep this out of the reach of children.