Living in the city has its perks. But it also has its pests!

Living in the city has its perks. But it also has its pests. From mice to roaches to bed bugs, dreaded pests can and will descend upon our apartments. Why pay an exterminator hundreds of dollars to douse dangerous poisons, when myriad natural, non-toxic, economically priced solutions are at our disposal?

Of all the methods I’ve tried, the following are the most effective. Use them either to treat a present pest problem or to prevent a future infestation.


Peppermint is a beloved staple of soothing herbal teas, breath-freshening chewing gums, and bestselling toothpastes. Though for mice, this invigorating scent works like one of those prank stink bombs from yonder days of elementary school. They find it unbearable and will quickly scurry for the hills.

Apartment Pest Control - Peppermint Oil


- Spray Bottle
- Peppermint Oil

1. Fill your spray bottle with 1⁄4 cup of water and 40 drops of peppermint oil. Shake.
2. Spray liberally along baseboards and rear interior edges of kitchen cabinets, particularly beneath the sink.
3. Locate entry points; fill each with a cotton ball soaked in the oil.

Safety Tip: Keep your fingers out of entry points—you could get bitten! For safety’s sake, wear thick gloves or use tweezers.


Apartment Pest Control - Tabasco


Cockroaches are renowned for their ability to survive harsh conditions and hazardous environments. They do, however, avoid “spicy” situations. In fact, there’s a condiment that’s as painful for cockroaches as it is for people with ulcers. Even just the scent of this substance is intolerable for cockroaches. Yep. Tabasco sauce. The owner of that taco joint shut down by the health department is slapping his forehead right about now. Every table held the answer to his problem.

- Spray Bottle
- Tabasco Sauce
- Protective Eye Wear

1. Combine five tablespoons of Tabasco and a 1/4 cup of water in your spray bottle. (Tabasco may need further dilution to flow through the nozzle of a small spray bottle.)
2. Judiciously spray along baseboards, beneath radiators, and near doors. Don’t spray willy-nilly. I love Tabasco as much as the next guy, but its scent is undesirable for living quarters.

Safety Tip: Spray may accidentally return in your direction. I learned the hard way that protective eyewear is important.

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