Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday- Bugs

I don't know about you, but I am deathly afraid of spiders, centipedes, and other critters that make their way into my house.  Since it's that time of year, I've been seeing a lot of our little "friends" around the house.  I've even got to admit, we saw a mouse in our house last week!  Our house was built in 1907, so it's inevitable for critters to make their way in. Even though it's inevitable, I don't have to like it. 

Since we have babies around here, and we are working to be more earth friendly, I searched some ways to get rid of our critter friends.  Here are a few different strategies that I am currently trying and will give you the low down on how they worked next Tuesday.

{These remedies are mostly for Minnesota bugs.  
If you live in a different state and have had  certain bug issues, 
and know of a good repellent, please post in the comment box!}

For Earwigs:  
It is recommended to make a dish soap & water mixture, and pour it around the outside of your home.  The soap gets into the soil and acts as an insect repellent, especially for earwigs.  They are nasty looking little bugs.  Their little pinchers are what make me despise them. 

For Ants:  
There are many things that are supposed to work for getting rid of ants.  Vinegar is known to be the best natural repellent.  To use vinegar, wipe down the areas where you are seeing ants with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.  The reason this works is the ants smell the vinegar instead of their scent trails so they are less likely to stay.  I am also soaking paper towels with vinegar by our doors where they seem to be coming in.  (We need to replace the sweepers at the bottom.) 

For Spiders:
(I'm not posting photos of spiders.  Just looking at photos is making me feel a little weak.  Yuck!) 

Lavender essential oil is supposed to work wonders as a spider repellent.  To make your own all natural spider deterrent, add 1 to 5 drops of any Essential Oils to 1 Quart of water. You can use Catnip Oil, Citronella Oil, Lavender Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Peppermint Oil, Citrus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, or other essential oils. Add about 5 tablespoons of Peppermint, Lavender, or any other natural soap per quart water as wel. Spray inside your home; and spray around the exterior of your house, as well. Spray where spiders are seen or can get into. You may have to spray often; as the effects of this all natural spider spray can wear off.

For Mosquitoes: 
Make a natural mosquito trap!

Go HERE to see how to make a natural mosquito trap! 

For Centipedes: 
Mint is a wonderful insect repellent/killer. Mint deters nearly every type of bug -- and centipedes are no exception. Many companies are turning to natural insecticides containing mint oil instead of harsh poisons. Not only do these natural insecticides kill on contact, but they also will often keep centipedes from returning for some time. In addition to their effectiveness, natural insecticides containing mint oil are generally safe for use around children and pets.

Any other secrets!  Please share in the comment box below!

Happy Tuesday! 

1 comment:

  1. blech, I wouldn't want to post a picture of spiders either. HATE them! Also can't stand earwigs. Their name says it all. GROSS! Great list of Green alternatives!