Last Updated: December 8, 2021

9 best natural pest control for bugs, rodents, and more.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 17 min read

They’re called pests for a good reason — they’re definitely an annoyance, especially when they find their way into (or around) our homes. From spiders to roaches to ants and mice, there are plenty of little creatures that could be hiding in your home and getting rid of them right away may not always be as easy as you think. Plus, in conventional pest control products, there are so many active chemical ingredients. If you need to rid your home of small pest problems, you should ditch the harsh chemical products and choose a natural pest deterrent instead.


Need help getting started? We’ve found the best natural pest produts to keep the bugs at bay, including this handy Earthkind Stay Away® Rodent, as well as Aunt Fannie's All-Purpose Pest Remedy, which leaves things all good in the neighborhood.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Murphy's Naturals Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Candle, DEET Free

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Usually we don’t sweat the small stuff, but when it comes to mosquitos, we’d rather be safe than sorry. This Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Candle is easy to use outdoors when you’re trying to enjoy a day or night outside, and it protects up to 12 feet. This natural mosquito repellent candle is DEET-free, petroleum-free, and made from natural …

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2. Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks

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With Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks, one bug repellent incense offers you up to 12 feet of protection. Plus, each stick will burn up to two and a half hours, meaning this pack of 12 can offer you up to 30 hours of defense from nature’s most persistent pests. Just light these mosquito sticks ten minutes before you plan to head …

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3. Aunt Fannie's All-Purpose Pest Remedy!

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Show unwelcome pests you’re a force to be reckoned with by having Aunt Fannie's All-Purpose Pest Remedy in your corner. This all-purpose pest spray protects your home against roaches and ants — some of the most annoying and hard-to-beat bugs out there. Unlike chemical-powered bug bombs, it’s also paraben-free, sulfate-free, and made from essential …

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16.9 Oz
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4. Grove Co. Citronella Hanging Coil - 20 Hour Burn Time - Outdoor Use

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A citronella-infused hanging coil to naturally repel mosquitos and bugs from outdoor spaces.

  • NATURALLY REPELS MOSQUITOES + 20 HOUR BURN TIME
    Our Citronella Hanging Coil uses citronella, a natural insect repellent, to mask human odors that are enticing to mosquitos. Hang the 7-inch coil at various heights and enjoy 20 hours of burn time — it’s …

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5. Earthkind Stay Away® Rodent

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While you’re removing dust mice from your home, you can also protect its surrounding areas from actual mice and other rodents with this Earthkind Stay Away® Rodent. This Earth kind mouse repellent helps keep rodents away with a slow, long-lasting release of essential oils that are pleasant to people but repulsive to rodents. These pouches are …

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2.5 oz
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6. Aunt Fannie's FlyPunch! Fruit Fly Trap

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Fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time—yuck! Use Aunt Fannie's FlyPunch Fruit Fly Trap to keep your produce and other organic materials fruit fly–free. This FlyPunch fruit fly trap is nontoxic and safe to use in your home in your kitchen or any food prep area even with kids and pets around, too. It covers an area of about 500 cubic feet, and …

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7. Earthkind Stay Away® Spiders

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Creepy crawlers sneak their way into homes many times without us even knowing. Stop spiders from the start without spraying harmful chemicals inside your home with this Earthkind Stay Away® Spiders. This spider remover releases essential oils slowly for a smell that spiders run from, but that you won't mind a bit. It’s also biodegradable, …

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2.5 oz
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8. Aunt Fannie's Ant Remedy!

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Put pests like ants to rest as they wreak havoc on your home with this Aunt Fannie's Ant Remedy! Powered by essential oils and paraben- and sulfate-free, this ant spray is a healthy choice to use around kids and pets. Plus, there’s no need to use harsh chemicals with methods like carpet bombing — just spray around windows, doors, and baseboards, …

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9. Aunt Fannie's Pest Powder

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If you're tired of being bugged, reach for Aunt Fannie's Pest Powder. This easy-to-use product offers an effective way to repeal a variety of creepy crawlers, hitchhikers, and hoppers including ants, roaches, fleas, ticks, silverfish, and bed bugs. Simply apply the powder to cracks and crevices along baseboards, in bed frames, near window frames, …

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FAQs

How can I control pests naturally?

If you don’t already have a pest problem but want to find ways to prevent them from coming your way, there are a lot of great natural pest deterrents on the market; however, natural pest control is no easy undertaking. Some people swear by making their own natural remedies. Here are a few natural products that are said to possibly keep pests away that you may not have known about:

  • Dish soap: It’s said to keep ants away — just add some dish soap in a spray bottle and spray the areas you’ve seen ants in
  • Baking soda: Bed bugs don’t like baking soda — imagine that — just sprinkle some on your mattress and refresh when needed
  • Lime or lemon juice: Citrus should keep spiders away — mix lime or lemon juice with water in a spray bottle and spray away
  • Salt: This can help get rid of fleas. Spread salt around the areas of your home where you spotted the issue and be patient.

For natural pest repellent products, check out our list above of the best natural pest control for bugs, rodents, and more.


Is vinegar good for pest control?

Yes, vinegar is not only a great cleaning aid, but it also makes the list of great natural pest control solutions. Vinegar works well to keep away many types of pests, including ants, fruit flies, and mosquitos — you’ll even find it in the ingredient list of this Aunt Fannie's FlyPunch! Fruit Fly Trap. One of the best parts of using vinegar as a natural pest deterrent is that it’s safe to use around people, kids, and pets, plus it’s effective, which is a win-win. If you mix it with orange peel, tea tree oil, or lemon rind oil, it can also be an even stronger repellent.


Keep in mind that even though vinegar can help keep pests away, if you have an infestation already, vinegar alone isn’t going to do the trick. You’ll need to call in the experts, like a pest-control service or use products made to help you get rid of a large number of pests from one place.


Which pest control is best for homes?

Many people do use pest control services, but most of the time, these services use chemicals to get rid of pests that aren’t good to use around people or animals. We recommend using natural pest control products instead. If you’re wondering what natural products to use or if you’ve never used natural products for pest control but want to make the switch, check out our list of the best natural pest control products for home, including options to keep bugs, mice, and other pests far from your space.


If you’re looking for mosquito repellent or other types of products that can help keep mosquitos and other bugs away from you while you’re outdoors, you’re going to want to check out all Murphy's Naturals products and Aunt Fannie’s pest control products.


Or read up on more ways to get rid of these common pests:


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