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Does vinegar repel pests?

Can vinegar be used as a pest control product?

Vinegar can sometimes be effective; however, using vinegar for pest control is generally a short-term effort to control pests since it is not effective as a long-term treatment against serious pest infestations and will not keep pests completely away from your property. Also, it is essential to use vinegar in the correct concentration, as using too high a concentration can harm plants or damage fabrics and furniture finishes. Vinegar only works for a very short time and will require constant re-application. Constant exposure to vinegar may also irritate your eyes, skin, and sinuses.

Does vinegar repel flies?

Vinegar is not a very good fly repellent but can help attract fruit flies. In fact, several products that attract fruit flies employ a vinegar attractant and a trap to help capture and control fruit flies. A container containing vinegar and dish soap can function as a trap since the vinegar lures flies to enter the trap and the dish soap will cause the flies to sink inside the trap and die.

Does vinegar repel roaches?

Although vinegar can effectively be used as bait for fruit flies, its scent effectively helps to mask the odor of other cockroaches but doesn’t get rid of them. Since cockroaches use their sense of smell to communicate with each other, if they can’t smell each other, they will be less likely to invade your home.

What other pests does vinegar repel?

Vinegar is reported as being able to repel ants, mosquitoes, and spiders. In many situations, the impact of vinegar on these pests is short-lived and ineffective, so it is best to contact your Orkin Pro for effective, customized pest control treatments.

How to Use Vinegar for Pest Control

When utilizing vinegar as an insecticide or repellent, you should always mix it with water, generally at a 50/50 solution. This mixing is necessary because vinegar can damage plants, and furnishings and irritate the skin when used without being diluted.

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Better Solutions to Vinegar Pest Control

There are several DIY pest control methods that may help with pests for a short period of time. To better understand where the pests are coming from and to have a proper treatment solution that is longer term contact your local pest control exterminator to create a plan that works for you.

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