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Natural Bug and Pest Repellants!

September 30, 2013

natural bug repellantNatural bug repellant this time of year? Though cooler weather IS coming soon, there are still plenty of spiders, ants and other pests around the house to deal with until we have our first official frost! (And let’s hope that isn’t for at least a few more weeks!) Instead of using harsh chemicals that can be harmful to you AND the environment, why not try a more natural solution? Here are a few recipes for a natural bug repellant to keep you and your family pest free this fall:

NATURAL BUG REPELLANT FOR SPIDERS

Did you know spiders have taste buds on their legs and really HATE certain smells? Good information when creating a natural bug repellant for SPIDERS! According to Healthy and Natural World, there are several options when creating your spider repellant including a couple of our favorites:

1. CITRUS. Mix half citrus juice (sugar-free) and half water is a spray bottle and spray around doors, windows, patios and other areas you want to repel spiders. Reapply once a week. (Be sure to test a small area first to be sure the citrus juice doesn’t harm paint or other surfaces)

2. SPICY. This one might have more of an odor than you would like, so plan accordingly! Mix a half a cup of vinegar, a tbsp of chili powder and one quart of water together and mix well. Add to spray bottle and spray area.

NATURAL BUG REPELLANT FOR MOSQUITOS

Mosquitos are still out there even in the cooler temperatures of fall. Instead of spraying chemicals on you and your children, try this alternative:

6 drops lavendar essential oil

6 drops citronella essential oil

4 tbsp of vanilla extract

5 tbsp lemon juice

Mix together in a spray bottle then fill remaining bottle with water. Then, it’s time to spray! (Be sure to avoid eyes and hands when spraying and test a small area first to be sure no one is allergic and that it wouldn’t stain clothing or fabrics!!) Reapply often and have a mosquito-free day!

NATURAL BUG REPELLANT FOR ANTS

These little guys seem to never go away!  Here is a homemade recipe from STACY MAKES CENTS that might just do the trick. But, be sure to use caution with pets and children around because it DOES contain Borax.  Also, be sure to wash the area where you have ants with white vinegar before you start your treatment  to kill the “trail” they leave for their friends and family. We suggest also using a separate pan that will NOT be used for preparing food for this project:

Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoons of Borax, and ½ cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for three minutes. Let it cool completely. It will thicken as it cools. Once mixture has cooled, pour into lids (such as butter or yogurt lids) and place around the affected area. (Be sure the lids have short enough lips that the ants can crawl in.) You should start to see results within a few days!

NATURAL PEST REPELLANT FOR MICE

Getting rid of mice can be a bit trickier than many other pests! To start, be sure you have sealed all the holes and cracks in your house that lead from outside with caulking or steal wool. You would be amazed at how small a hole a mouse can get through! Also, consider placing all food in resealable containers and not left out inside your pantry or on your kitchen counter.

Next, place cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil throughout the area you have seen mice or their droppings. Mice hate the strong smell of peppermint and will not come back.

What tips do you have for repelling bugs naturally?

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