Getting Rid of Pests, Naturally

As I sat down type up this post the smell of Peppermint is wafting through my house.  The smell is clean and refreshing.  My husband and I are currently making an 80 year old farmhouse our home.  We’ve moved to a new area and have our landlord’s Christmas tree farm resting on the hills behind us.  Neither of us have ever lived in such an old home, and we have never experienced living so far out in the country.

Early one morning, while my husband was out of town, I was cooking breakfast for my 2.5 year old and saw a mouse zip around the corner of the kitchen.  Instantly, I jumped up on the counter, and shared with my child what I saw.  My little guy started pointing everywhere around the room and telling me that there was a mouse, freaking mommy out.  He didn’t really see any more mice.  He was just being a booger.

photo credit: mlehet

With the deep desire to keep poisons and toxic materials out of my home I began researching natural means to keep these little guys out. Apparently, it is not surprise to see mice running around an old farm house.  If you are as fearful as I am of mice and other pests I hope that this list can help you keep the pests out and the poisons and toxins out of your home as well. My hope is that you won’t have to worry about your little ones getting their hands in poisons of any kinds within the walls of your home.

Ants and Mice – Ants and mice can’t stand the smell of Peppermint.  I mop my floors and wipe down my cabinets with Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Castile Soap.  You can also purchase peppermint essential oil, saturate a cotton ball and place it around your home where mice may frequent.  Planting Peppermint around you home may also help keep both Ants and Mice away.

And of course you can always try to rid yourself of mice by setting a traditional trap.  However, setting a trap won’t keep mice out it will just (hopefully) catch the ones that have already entered.

Mosquitoes – Some plants that repel Mosquitoes are Marigolds, Catnip, Rosemary, Citronella Plant, Basil, and Lemongrass.  Make sure there is no standing water around your home where Mosquitoes would be attracted.  You can also use Eucalyptus essential oil in a spritz bottle to keep Mosquitoes away.

Spiders – The best way to get rid of spiders is to clean out clutter as well as dusting and vacuuming frequently.  You can also spray baseboards with lemon oil or eucalyptus oil.  And though I haven’t tried it myself there are many people who claim that dusting your baseboards with baking soda can keep them away as well.

Have you used any natural remedies for pest control?  Please share any that have worked for you!


Bio: Becky is a child of God, wife to her best friend, and mom to two beautiful babies.  She loves spending time with her family and soaking up all that she can about health, nutrition and natural living.  You read more about what she is learning at her blog Our Peaceful Home, or connect with her on facebook and on twitter.

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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


  1. Well, I’m pretty sure electrical currents don’t count as “natural”, but the mouse traps that zap the little fellas when they go inside for the bait work wonders and they’re chemical free. We had one mouse find his way into the house at the beginning of winter. (I discovered the dryer vent was out of place, so that’s probably how he got there.) He didn’t make it very long.

  2. When I lived in an old farmhouse we got a cat to chase the mice. She also ate spiders and bugs. Now that we live in the suburbs she doesn’t get as much “natural” stuff to eat but I do catch her eating a fly or random bug now and then.

    I recently bought a Mosquito Magnet on the advice of a friend – it’s a trap with natural gas that goes out in the yard. Hoping it works – for some reason our yard has a ton of mosquitos. I’m thinking it’s because we have a lot of trees.

  3. These are great! Any tips on keeping stinkbugs away?

  4. Any ideas for getting rid of/keeping cockroaches away? Thanks for the mice tips too, I need those ideas 😉