Instead of paying a pest-control service, get rid of these critters in your home and garden by trying the following natural solutions: 

 

Ants:  Spread recycled coffee grounds where they are coming into your home.  You also can use a solution of 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup warm water and 2 tablespoons Borax to stop them in their tracks.

 

Spiders:  Who knew they’re scared of citrus?  Mix water with lemon or lime juice in a spray bottle and squirt on doorways and windowsills.  Also, spread the peels in your garden.

 

Flies:  They don’t like the smell of basil!  Plant some in pots and put by your doorways and on the kitchen counter.

 

Wasps:  They won’t build a nest within 20 yards of another one.  Buy a fake nest at a garden center and hang it on your patio. 

 

Mosquitos:  Grow catnip in your garden or put catnip oil on your skin for up to two hours of protection.