Controlling Your Bug Population, the Natural Way>

School is finally out, and summer is heading into full swing for our grateful children!

Just as the kids are enjoying the warm summer days, so are the creeping, crawling, multi-legged buggars, who are out in full force.

Instead of breaking out the aerosol insecticides, with unknown chemicals and unknown health effects, there are plenty of natural ways you can cure your bug problems. The bonus is, they work just as well as commercial sprays, and you’re only spending half the cost! Better for the environment and better for your pocketbook.

Next time you see those awful arthropods buzzing around your home, try these natural, healthier choices to get rid of your unwelcome guests!

Ants – Sprinkle some cinnamon around your problem areas to keep them away. Ants loathe cinnamon. If they’re still sneaking in, mix equal parts borax and sugar. They’ll be gone in a flash. Remember to keep this mixture away from household pets.

Earwigs – Earwigs despise bay leaves. Sprinkle dried bay leaves around your home to help keep them away.

Houseflies – Flypaper is never attractive, but if the flies are driving you crazy you can make your own flypaper by mixing together 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1-tablespoon sugar and 1-tablespoon brown sugar. Poke a hole in the top of a strip of cardboard to accommodate a string for hanging, soak the cardboard in the mixture overnight and hang the next day.

Mice – Mice dislike mint! Soak cotton balls in mint, and leave in problem prone areas around your household. Ideally, if you can find the source of their entry, you can plug the hole with your mint-soaked cotton balls.

Cockroaches – Mix together 1 pound borax, 60 ounces of powdered sugar, 1 ounce cocoa powder and 2 ounces salt. Spread around house, and repeat often. Cockroaches multiply fast!

Bees and Wasps – Mix together equal parts laundry detergent and water into a spray bottle and spray the nest. It’s best to spray at night or late evening when they are all home, tucked in for bed. Use caution if you’re spraying during the day – you don’t want an angry swarm of bees coming after you!

Mosquitoes – Use plain household rubbing alcohol and rub on your skin. Use caution with children, and keep away from your face.

You can also use a mixture of 1 cup lemon scented ammonia and 1/4 cup baby shampoo mixed with water as well. Spray the area you’re enjoying often to keep them from coming back.

Most Bugs– you can kill almost any bug by spraying rubbing alcohol. Watch wind direction if you’re spraying outside, you doesn’t want alcohol blowing back into your face.

You can also use dryer sheets rubbed across exposed parts of your body.

You cannot only take care of our environment, but your health as well by avoiding toxic chemicals. Using natural based ingredients can get the job done, with a fraction of the cost to boot

Ann Safford

Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens.She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living.Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.

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