We all want the summer to arrive faster so we can enjoy the long summer days and spend some time camping or enjoying by a pool. There are many things that make summer great, but it also brings numerous problems and pests along with it in the form of insects.
Mosquitoes, flies and ants are the most annoying bugs in the summer. Ants can infest your home pretty quickly, while flies and mosquitoes leave you restless with their buzzing and stings. People use chemical-laden products or call the exterminator in cases of bugs in their home, but whatever they do, these insects are pretty hard to get rid of. Plus, using products such as DEET are a major health risk as the chemicals can stick around for a while after you’re done spraying.
Luckily, there are far safer and simpler options such as the natural remedies you can see below. These remedies are chemical-free and will eliminate the bugs from your home once and for all.
Cedar works perfectly against moths. Put a few small pieces in your dresser or closet and you will keep moths away and your clothes safe.
Cut orange or lemon peels to strips and rub them on your windowsills, bookshelves and cupboards to keep insects off those areas.
Lemon eucalyptus oil
According to experts, this oil is just as efficient as DEET without the harmful side-effects.
Besides the incredible health benefits, garlic can also keep various bugs away. Consuming the vegetable often will make your body give off a specific scent which insects hate, so they will stay away from you. If you don’t like having garlic breath, you can grind a few cloves, let the powder dry and sprinkle it around your home.
White vinegar is the perfect solution for ants. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and top it with water, then spray the mixture in the areas frequented by ants.
If you want to keep bugs away from your home, you should plant citronella, bay leaves, catnip, lemongrass, basil or mint in your garden and besides your front door.
Keep your home clean
Keeping your home clean is the easiest way of preventing bug infestation. Clean all the surfaces in your home with a mixture of soap and water regularly and the bugs will stay away.
Sprinkle some cinnamon in your cupboards and your children’s lunch boxes to keep ants away. You can also sprinkle the powder in the areas frequented by ants to keep them away.
Here’s one you probably weren’t aware of – sprinkle baby powder in the areas where you’ve seen ants and they will stay away.
Ants hate chalk, so putting a few pieces of crushing it and sprinkling it in the areas frequented by the bugs will keep them from bothering you.
Slice a medium-sized cucumber and put it in a few spots in the kitchen. Ants hate the scent of cucumber and will leave your kitchen when they notice the slices.
Whenever you’re camping or gardening, keep dryer sheets with you in order to repel bugs.
Chop an onion and put the pieces in a bowl of water, then put the bowl in your garden or home. The scent will keep almost all types of bugs farther away.
Sugar and baking soda
Mix baking soda and sugar in equal amounts, then sprinkle it in the areas frequented by cockroaches. They love sugar, but the baking soda will destroy their digestive system from within, effectively eliminating them.
Mix vanilla extract with some water, mint and lavender (or lemongrass) extract to keep the insects away and make your home smell better.
Dark clothes attract mosquitoes, so wear light colors instead to prevent bites.
When we’re under stress, we sweat far more than the usual, releasing pheromones and hormones bug are attracted to. So, if you want to keep bugs off you, you need to learn how to relax and stay calm.
Soybean oil is great for cooking, but it also seems to be pretty effective against different kinds of insects as well. According to one study, soybean oil works best against mosquitoes.
Citronella is a herb with a specific smell which can keep flies and mosquitoes away from you and your home. Plant one in your yard or rub it on your skin and clothes to prevent the bites. Alternatively, you can also light up a citronella candle on your porch to keep the bugs away.
Use unscented toiletries
Scientists have discovered that scented shampoos and body lotions can actually attract bugs as they like fruit and flowers. Use unscented toiletries, however, and you should be fine.
Get rid of standing water
If you have containers full of standing water in your home, get rid of them at once. Mosquitoes (and other bugs) love standing water, so make sure to not give them the courtesy of enjoying it. Keeping your grass short in the garden helps as well, so make sure to trim it regularly.