With fall fast approaching, outdoor critters seeking to regulate their temperature are trying their best to get inside . Ants, spiders, moths, mosquitoes, fruit flies, stink bugs, termites, silverfish, and ladybugs – to name a few – can easily make their way into homes, and once they’ve settled in, it’s often hard to get them out . Chemical insect solutions are bountiful, but have a range of dangerous consequences for human health and the environment. Insecticide exposure is linked to respiratory and neurologic symptoms, disruption to hormonal balances, and both birth defects and compromised immune systems in infants. These chemicals also impact local ecosystems and destroy delicate balances within food chains; they often kill non-target species as well, and contaminate the air, water, and soil . As pesky as flies and ants are, it’s important to keep them out of our homes through natural means to protect both ourselves and the environment. Here are a few ways to deter and eliminate pests in your home without reaching for chemicals. 1. Mint Use mint to keep ants, mosquitoes, spiders, and mice away. Mix 10-15 drops of peppermint oil with 8oz of water and put in a spray bottle – or, […]

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