This is the perfect time of year to open doors and windows to let in the fresh air – but unfortunately, insects are also welcome.

Often times, as the summer progresses, pesky pests hit us all over the house – but there are ways to get rid of them without harmful chemicals.

With this in mind, the experts at GardeningExpress.co.uk have put together the best ways to get a range of pests out of the home.

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Most of us are content with wasps, mosquitoes, and flies buzzing around the garden in the warmer months. However, if they start infiltrating your home or ruining a barbecue or picnic, there are simple, natural steps to keep them at bay.

Other insects, such as cockroaches, ants, and slugs, make their homes in any accessible space. It’s important to check the walls and behind kitchen cabinets for any signs.

A spokesman for GardeningExpress.co.uk said: “Pests invade our homes for a number of reasons, including smelling food, finding a crack, or wanting a bit of warmth.

“When food is readily available, pests are attracted to bucket loads, so it is important to remove all crumbs from the house, store open food in containers and tightly closed jars.

“While very few pests are particularly harmful, they can be very irritating. To avoid disturbing your relaxation or ruining dinner, the British are encouraged to use natural remedies to remove them.”

Here are some natural pest removers and repellants:

1. Mosquitoes

These pesky walkers can be found year-round, but are especially common in the warmer months. They are great at biting and stealing a person’s blood incognito as they produce a stupor when biting.

Mosquitoes are most active on warm evenings, so cover your bare skin to prevent them from being bitten. Instead of using chemical-based products to fend off the evil walkers, opt for crushed lavender flowers.

Rub the mixture on particularly sensitive and bite-sensitive areas. The scent and oils that are produced repel adult mosquitoes, and lavender has pain relieving, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, meaning that it is soothing and calming to the skin as well.

The eucalyptus rubber tree is also worth an investment. This plant is known for its insect repellent properties due to its pleasant menthol aroma.

2. Wasps and hornets

Wasps and hornets can be found in almost every garden during the summer, but instead of running away and hiding food from them, use peppermint to repel them. Spray the areas of the house that are often covered with wasps by diluting some peppermint oil in water, one to five parts.

Planting peppermint in the garden will also scare off the little critters and give you space to dine outdoors in peace.

3. Cockroaches

The hard-shelled stinkers are primarily nocturnal, which means that unlike the pests themselves, they are easier to spot.

An unusual smell, small droppings, and smudges on walls will alert you to their presence. To keep cockroaches out of the house effectively and naturally, place catnip in places where they may have access. If it’s too late and the cockroaches have already made it into the house, get some clovite.

It’s a vitamin supplement for horses and it tastes good to cockroaches, but it also kills them. Place a small amount in a lid or on a plate in the roach infested area overnight. Be ready to find a bunch of dead cockroaches in the morning, and remember to keep the Clovite away from children and pets.

4. ants

Ants can multiply out of nowhere as soon as it looks like you’ve finally gotten rid of them. One foolproof way to get rid of them and keep them away is to mix a 50/50 vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle.

If it is sprayed directly on ants, it will kill them. It’s also a great deterrent to keep ants out when sprayed around window sills, doors, and other entry points for ants into the house.

It works so well because ants hate the smell of vinegar, and it removes the traces of smell that they use to move around.

5. Flying

To make instant fly repellent, mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder with one cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray near doors, windows, and anytime you see an annoying fly. The cayenne pepper smell will also scare off other insects because it is so strong.

Other natural, better smelling fly repellants include lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, and cinnamon.

6. Snails

In addition to being bothersome, these slimy pests leave gross, shiny marks on surfaces where they’ve been.

Sea salt is super coarse and if you toss it at them or around their entry point in the house they will be killed instantly.

If snails are a constant problem in the house, put bark or gravel near their entrance to make the soil unattractive to them. Buying a bird table for the garden might also be worth considering. Nudibranchs will be attracted to the moisture and the birds will enjoy their treat.

Copper tape can also be purchased and placed around flower pot bottoms to protect flowers and plants. They naturally carry a small electrical charge – if a snail touches them, they won’t want to venture over it.

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