If there were ever a more unwelcomed house guest, it would be a mouse... or a colony of ants... or a cockroach. Eek! Who are we kidding? House pests of any kind freak us out. There's the initial moment of terror when one is spotted. Then, there are the thoughts about how it got inside your home that inevitably spiral out of control. And somewhere, down the line, is the sense of empowerment you get from picking up a bottle of bug spray and reclaiming your territory.
But before you get trigger-happy, you're going to want to make sure you're using the right stuff. Did you know, for example, that mice can be deterred with a few drops of peppermint oil? Meanwhile, a simple vinegar solution can keep fruit flies and spiders at bay (but keep it off your countertops if they're made of marble).
Read on for more ways to tackle some common household pests -- no chemicals needed.