Insects love our kitchens and it’s not hard to figure out why. Even if you wipe up, tiny bits of foods stick to surfaces and entice those small creepy-crawly bugs from ants to roaches to come out of the walls and floor and enter your life. Commercial insecticides are toxic and very harsh. Lemons give you a natural alternative that has time honoured efficacy. That’s of special importance when there are children or pets in the house.
The simple fact is that insects do not like lemon’s odor or acidity. They will avoid it if possible and it’s an effective way of persuading them to make their home elsewhere. Here’s how to keep your kitchen free of little critters – including ants, roaches and fleas.
- Squirt lemon juice along any openings – windowsills and door thresholds, along with any cracks or gaps along the floor and walls where they may be getting in.
- Save lemon peels and cut them into small pieces. Scatter them around the walls and around any entrance to the room.
- Squeeze the juice of 4 lemons into a bucket. Chop the remaining flesh and peel and add to the bucket. Pour in 1/2 gallon or 2 liters of slightly warm water. Mix together and use it to wash your floors to deter roaches, fleas and other bugs.
- Make a sachet with dried lemon peels in a square of cheesecloth. Tie it off with string and hang it in your closet to deter moths.
- You can also scatter lemon peel bits on the floor of your closets to keep moths and other bugs out.
Insect deterrence is an easy and productive way to use your used lemon peels. You’ll want to refresh the process every week or so during the months when insects are rampant outdoors for the best results.