It is a fact of nature that household pests, too, like us humans, wish for food, water and air. Which is why they attack the food and other items in your homes. However, one can take certain precautionary measures to ensure that this attack of pests stays muted.
If a proper infestation of pests takes place, you will have to surrender yourself to an expert who can help you tackle this situation. For a minor infestation, the first thing that we normally do is rush out and buy a can of cockroach or bug spray. But, be careful while picking these up. Sometimes they have certain harmful ingredients in them which actually may cause more damage than what they have set out to restore.
Try picking up some aromatic and herb-based sprays. These are easier on our health systems and smell nice and soft. They do not have the harsh smells which can half-paralyse our systems. You can even plan certain herbs. There are a number of such plants which are natural insect repellers. In addition, herbs are pretty simple to grow and do not need a ton of maintenance efforts.
If you wish to prevent ants from entering your home or office, try using lemon juice. Spraying this or even vinegar in those areas which tend to get infested with ants will really put them off. Even mint is good for keeping ants at bay. Take a few dried or even fresh mint leaves, crush them up properly, and sprinkle around for most effective use. Even pepper flakes can be utilised for this purpose.
Lemon grass and lemon scented geraniums and even lemon balm are good to keep mosquitoes away. Mint is even very useful if you have a bug bite. Rub a few leaves on the affected area, and feel the effect of the bug poison fade away. Mint is a godsend even when keeping flies away. Flying critters will be warded off with lavender, tansy, basil, rosemary and even cloves.
One can do a few DIY tricks to make your very own mothballs at home. Take lavender, mint, rosemary, cloves, cinnamon and cedar bits. Take a soft linen cloth and spread a few of each of these in it and tie the cloth up to fashion out a little sachet of sorts. Keep this in your cupboard where you wish no pest will be able to enter.
Take some other precautionary measures to prevent damage from pests. For one, seal in all your containers which have edible stuff in them. As soon as you finish working in the kitchen, clean up the whole slab and surrounding areas. This should be kept as spick and span as is possible. Keep your kitchen drain clean at all times. It should never be clogged. The dustbin covers should be changed each and every day. This will prevent any smell from coming from rotting vegetables, fruits and other items which are to be discarded.