My great grandmother was known as a healer in our community. Much of her herbal remedies passed onto my grandmother. When my brother was little he had pinworm and my grandmother told my mother to get several cloves of garlic, mash them into a paste and put in his rectum. This remedy worked pretty quickly. As far as treating the house. I treat my home with pennyroyal, tea tree oil, lavender and sweet orange essential oils, vinegar and water which insects like ticks, fleas despise. It usually kills most small insects on the spot and it a deterrent. Do not use pennyroyal if pregnant. Can plant pennyroyal (in mint family) in your yard to deter ticks.