There are insects that are beneficial to the environment. Then there are also insects that bring a great deal of harm to man and society. Although there are insect enthusiasts, many people will agree that there are certain types of insects that don’t belong inside the house. Some create unsanitary conditions and many are just plain annoying, from the fly’s buzz up to the itchy bite of the mosquito. Ticks carry diseases that they transport to pets and humans while wasps and bees sting when provoked. When you see that your house is now a breeding ground of these pests, it’s time for you to call pest control services.
You can eradicate these insects with the good old bug spray. However, bug sprays contain harmful chemicals that can cause health problems in the future. That being said, take a look at these at-home remedies you can do to keep harmful bugs from invading your house:
Insects are rather sensitive to scents, meaning they are attracted to some and repelled by others. Find out what insects are roaming around your house before investing in some essential oils. Specific oils target certain insects so select the one that will effectively eradicate your biggest pest concern. Lavender is great against mosquitoes, fleas, and flies while peppermint can keep spiders and ants at bay. To make your spray, simply mix 2 1/2 teaspoons of the oil of your choice with 1 cup of grain alcohol (like vodka) in an empty spray bottle. Mix then mist throughout your house.
You can also make the legendary Four Thieves Insect Repellent. The recipe was based on a legend of the four thieves who would steal from the sick or dying people during the Black Death. When they were caught, they offered the recipe they used in exchange for leniency. There are many versions of this recipe but the most used ingredients today are apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of the following herbs: sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme, and mint. Combine all ingredients in a large glass jar then seal and cover before storing it on your counter or any place you can see it daily. Shake the jar well every day for 2-3 weeks. Strain the herbs out then store the liquid in smaller jars or spray bottles before putting them in a cool place, preferably the refrigerator. To use on the skin, use only one-fourth cup of the mixture then fill the rest of your spray bottle with water since this formula is rather strong. Don’t mind the strong scent, though, because this mixture is proven to be effective in bug infestations.
There are many herbs that are known as insect repellents. Most of them are easy to grow, need a little maintenance, and don’t mind a little shade. Lemon grass can keep mosquitoes at bay and catnip does a great job in preventing cockroaches from entering your house. Just keep an eye on the catnip if you have a cat living with you. Your feline may enjoy this plant too much and can cause diarrhea when ingested in large qualities.
Insects, especially ants, are drawn to the smell of food. Regularly wipe your countertop, sinks and tables with a solution made from 1 part vinegar and 1 part water to remove odors and food particles. Make sure the drains are clear from leftover food by mixing half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda. Pour the mixture down the drain then wait for five minutes before pouring boiling water to clear everything out. Last but not the least, keep dry food in sealed containers like jars and plastic containers.
Try these simple homemade remedies against bugs and see the difference!