Though there are many many reasons to be vegan, a reverence for life is often at the top of the list. I know very few vegans who want to smash spiders or other insects just because they happen to be inhabiting the same space. After all, bugs are just looking for warmth and food just like the rest of us, right?
But even though you don’t want to kill insects, that doesn’t mean you want them in your home. The following article details cruelty-free ways you can keep insects and other pests out of your home in the first place.
Keep Your Food Wrapped Up
One of the biggest attractors of insects is food. Many insects are attracted to sweets, which makes sense, especially with bees and other pollinating insects. You might think you’re good on keeping your food wrapped up in containers, after all, you’re not a slob- but if your cupboards and pantries are near an outdoor wall, bugs might find their way into your cardboard boxes and other disposable packaging. Plastic and Glass containers with tight seals are always your best bet. Also take a look at that fruit basket on your counter. If you often find ants near there, you may want to come up with an alternative method. If you’re not sure where to start in improving your food storage, check out these 9 ways to make your pantry more organized.
Natural Indoor Repellents
When it gets warm, bugs are everywhere. When it gets cold, bugs come inside. I have an unsealed kitchen window where ants like to crawl in and explore all my dishes. How can you keep your meals vegan if you’re unknowingly cooking the ants wandering around your saucepans? Answer: You can’t. Luckily, there are a lot of things bugs don’t like, and their pheromones will actually keep them away from certain scents. I mix essential oils with witch hazel or vinegar for an effective bug repellent. Great scents to use are Lemongrass (this is in most flea repellents and natural bug sprays), Citronella (great for repelling flies and mosquitos), Peppermint or Cinnamon. You can also sprinkle actual ground cinnamon around your doors and windows. I’ve seen ants actively avoid walking through cinnamon. It’s a miracle spice! These natural solutions not only keep you from resorting to cruelty, but they’re also a lot safer for you and your family than chemical-laden bug sprays!
Natural Outdoor Repellents
Of course, you can start your bug-free mission outside your home as well. I usually focus on planting plants that attract beneficial bugs and animals like bees and birds, but certain plants will also keep pests away! If you have pets, you may want to focus on tick-repelling plants like garlic and rosemary. You can even make a window herb garden that doubles as bug repellent. If your yard gets full of mosquitos in the summer, you can plant lemon, lavender, and mint to keep them away. Check out this longer list of insect-repelling plants for more information.
It’s not really a lot of work to keep your home pest-free without killing insects. It just takes some intention, and usually results in your home smelling great! What a deal!