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You found a pest around your home that you want to get rid of. You decide you want a quick, simple, and cheap solution. Maybe you don't want to hire a company or use a pesticide from a store. You went online and found a "recipe" using things you have around the home. The recipe might call for things such as dish soap, vinegar, vegetable oil, or cayenne peppers. Maybe you like this recipe because it's described as "natural" or "homemade."

But before you mix up a batch, ask whether it's "safe" and effective.

Home remedy risks:

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Other considerations:

Pesticides sold in stores are tested and regulated to limit human and environmental risks.

There may be ways to deal with your pest where you can use little or no pesticides.

Learning as much as you can about your pest can help with control.

Additional Resources:

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated January 09, 2020