If I had a dime for every time someone said to me, “OK, I get that you’re vegan, but what about bugs?” I’d have, like, a lot of dimes. It’s true that bugs can be a nuisance sometimes, especially when they find their way into our homes, apartments, dorms, etc. I mean …
So, if insects start calling your house “home,” there’s no need to use cruel and toxic insecticides or traps. Just follows these simple, humane steps to make your home insect-free in no time.
Ants are not new. No, really—they’ve been running around the Earth for more than 100 million years. And did I mention that they can carry five to 20 times their bodyweight?! Whoa.
There are also lots of natural repellents that you can place around your home to prevent ants from coming in:
At some point in your life, you’ve probably been stung by a bee or wasp. I know, I know—not a super-fun experience. However, like most animals, wasps and bees typically only “attack” when they’re feeling threatened (i.e., when their nests are disturbed, when humans swat at them, etc.).
So if a bee or wasp is coming your way, chill out! Bees and wasps may land on your skin to inspect a smell or get water, but they will leave if you stay calm and avoid quick movements. (If you squash a wasp, the action causes the wasp’s dead body to release a chemical alarm that signals other wasps in the area to attack. Ah!)
Like ants, cockroaches have been around for a long time, first appearing approximately 400 million years ago. Fun fact: Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes and can run about 59 inches per second—proportionally, that’s three times as fast as a cheetah!
To roach-proof your home:
Bay leaves, cucumbers, garlic, and catnip are also natural cockroach repellents that you can place in high and damp spaces around your home to keep them out.
Humane control methods are much kinder and will keep “uninvited guests” out for good.