Got any suggestions for repelling insects from your home, other than the obvious? Trying to avoid the exterminator...
*Inside home: Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth 4 ants, pinchers etc. Spray mix of peppermint oil, lemongrass &/or marigold. *Garden: regular DE, cayenne pepper. Human hair stops rabbits & squirrels. Hang scented soap (lavender) to repel deer. cont...
*Outside perimeter: D.E. & Boric acid. Citronella plants repel mosquitoes. *Lawn ants: spread corn meal. *Hang urinal cakes or mix of kitty litter & crushed moth balls in crawl space repels snakes. A Bat House is the best & bats won't bother you.
I do not use an exterminator. I use Ortho granules around the parameter of the house. When the large roaches are a problem I take used coffee grounds and put them into a large GLASS jar wrapped with a strip of duct tape.
Add water half way up and place the jars around the house. Roaches love used coffee grounds. They get in and drown.
Vinegar in your veggie garden will keep ants out.
For Mosquitos, use vanilla and water mixed in a spray bottle.
So does lavender.
I use a mixture of water and whole leaf beechnut chewing tobacco around plants to keep the bugs off. Works wonders. Soak the tobacco in the water for a few days and then spray.
There's this all natural spray I bought that ACTUALLY works but I can't find it and I can't remember the name so I'm going to have to get back to you with my answer
Also, lavender oil works wonders at keeping bugs,especially Mosquitos, away from you and it also helps alleviate the discomfort and itch of most bug bites. And dried lavendar in those little bags around your house and in window sills will keep away most bugs
I will have to try lavender oil for myself. Not sure we could use lavender in our bedroom though. It makes my husband sneeze and itch like crazy.
What kind of bugs? We use boric acid to keep ants & roaches at bay...
Also the powder can be used where mice may walk. The mouse will get the powder on their feet, groom themselves, and die.
What kind of bugs?
For the different kinds there are different things you can do :)
I know we have spiders, and I think the other ones I keep seeing are silverfish, but I really am not positive.
Vinegar spray can serve as an organic pest control to get rid of spiders. It has acetic acid which kills them and lots of other bugs :)
Also many scented natural oils like eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, neem oil and rose oil kill spiders and some other bugs :)
If you have ants, wipe your cabinets with vinegar. The acid in it kills them.
Plant mint all along the foundation on your house.
Beats me.....I'm wide awake at 6am and am on the couch because I found a spider on my bed. I may never sleep in there again.
Spiders (& many other bugs) hate peppermint oil. Mix some with some water in a spray bottle & spray your bed & pillows each time you change the sheets.
I'll try that....thanks :)
Will definitely be trying peppermint oil. That sounds pretty safe for my 2-year-old.
Cedar is a natural flea repellent. We put that in all of our flower beds, around the trees, & in the garden.
What do you have - (wait for it!) -
Flies on the wall? :-)
Seriously, roaches - boric acid powder
Ants - ant baits are best, so they carry the poison back to the queen
Tarantulas - MOVE!
Something else? Let me know what -
Based on my amateur Google research, it looks like we have spiders and silverfish. I have found a beetle or two as well. Pretty sure we have a crack around a door or something because last summer, we were inundated with crickets.
There ARE some flies on the wall, and they need to go too. They're not near as endearing as I am. :P
Coffee around your house helps alot :)
Unfortunately, I live in an apartment, so no chickens for us. :(
I'll have to check with my landlord. ;)
Not so much repellant, but sarracenias are great at catching small bugs like fruit flies and ants. I would recommend the larger shorter pitchers over the taller skinnier ones. They're super easy to care for and come in all kinds of beautiful colors.
As for repellant, when I used to live in the basement at home I always used to get tons of bugs in my room. I started using Raid regularly as a preventive measure. About once a month I would just spray the the perimeter of my room. I was very
successful doing this, and the bugs only came back once I left for college and my parents neglected to keep up on the monthly sprayings.
*spray the perimeter where the carpet meets the wall.
That is a pretty good idea that I never would have thought of. (The sarracenia, not the Raid. I'm pretty worried about Raiding my house up since I have a small child.) But how do they catch anything other than flying insects? Don't the bugs have to
Make their way to the top of the plant?
The bugs crawl inside just like you think they would. Once inside, they can't climb back out and drown in the "water" (it's actually a compound produced by the plant mixed with water to break down the bugs to absorb their nitrogen.