05/27/2015 02:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Super Successful Ways to Get Rid of Bugs in Your Home and Garden

Between the warmer weather and the nighttime cookouts, spring is a constant struggle between wanting to spend time outside and wanting to protect yourself from pesky bugs. The pleasant atmosphere brings ants to your kitchen, carpenter bees to your deck, and mosquitoes everywhere! How do you enjoy the spring while creepy crawlers invade your home and garden? These 7 pest control DIY's will give you all the protection you need to enjoy the outdoors (and indoors!) this season.

1. Keep mosquitoes at bay with essential oil spray

Project via Tasha @Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

While DEET is believed to be pretty dangerous, essential oils are actually often very good for you! Instead of poisoning or killing bugs, send them on their way with this DIY scented spray they can't stand.

2. Create a cute, bug-repelling accessory

Project via Jessica @Mom 4 Real

Using those same essential oils -- citronella, lemongrass, or eucalyptus -- create your own stylish bracelet to chase away mosquitoes and other bugs, and look great doing it!

3. Use crushed eggshells in your garden to deter slugs

Project via Sara @My Merry Messy Life

This trick is so easy, you might think it won't actually work. It actually is just that impossibly simple, though -- try this crushed eggshell idea to keep slugs and snails from gobbling up your garden this season.

4. Make your own super effective ant bait

Project via Becky @Clover and Thyme

Instead of killing ants as you spot them, put out this homemade ant bait and wait for the ants to bring the food back to the queen, to get rid of the whole colony. Make sure to place the bait close to the ants' home, but out of reach of pets and children. Though this may take up to 3 days to be effective, it's well worth the wait.

5. Catch fruit flies with a mason jar

Project via Myra @My Blessed Life

Fruit flies are the number one nuisance when they invade your home. Though they don't do very much actual damage, having tiny buzzing bodies around your house can make your space feel and look dirty. Get rid of those pesky pests with an easy DIY trap that they won't be able to resist.

6. Add a bug repellent centerpiece to outdoor seating areas

Project via Barb @The Everyday Home

Protect your outdoor parties and cookouts from mosquitoes, gnats, and other bugs, with an attractive centerpiece filled with greenery and DIY citronella candles. Use mason jars or empty sauce jars to make your candles, and enjoy a beautiful, bug-free tablescape.

For more great pest control ideas, or to find an answer to a pest problem, check out our pest control page on Hometalk.