Natural home remedies for mosquitoes and insects
Insects appeared much earlier than us, and constantly try to be closer to us, because we have warmth, a lot of food, etc. And we are trying to destroy them, chemicals, mechanical methods (read - sneakers), etc. They, in turn, mutate, learn to avoid our clever traps, and become smarter and smarter. Even entomologists often disdain the appearance of ants or cockroaches in their home.
There may be many more insects around you than you think. If at night you hear a quiet rattle - most likely it is a grinder. Its larvae settle in the wood - even in furniture, and diligently, purposefully spoil it. It is very difficult to get rid of them - only if you notice them in time. They come to your house in old pieces of furniture, can be in any tree, so you need to constantly make sure that holes do not appear in wooden items. They are “cut” as follows - you should pour a solution of potassium permanganate or a mixture of kerosene with turpentine into the hole that was found; and you can purchase a special tool. From above, you can cover the holes with a fat composition - petroleum jelly, wax; if the furniture is affected, not too necessary for you, it is better to get rid of it.
A few tips on how to get rid of insects, without buying chemical repellents, using natural means, without a threat to the health of pets and, especially, people.
The best way to not see insects in your house is not to attract them. Take out the garbage in a timely manner and keep it in a closed container, do not put vases with jam on the table and remove them from the table. However, this is often not enough to never see annoying creatures.
These tiny creatures can deliver many unpleasant moments in the country or on a picnic. Read how not to let them to your food.
Clean the kitchen
Wipe sticky stains and crumbs from kitchen tables and surfaces, cover the sugar bowl and bowl of honey.
Spread the cucumber skin on the kitchen or in the places where ants enter - it scares off many species of ants.
Leave a few bags of dried mint or mint tea at the entrance of the ants.
Block the entrance
Observe where the ant column enters the house and place the following components in this place: hot pepper, citrus oil, lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee beans. Make these components (one or more of them) cross the path of the ants.
Leave the light
Leave a small nightlight or a lamp in places where ants accumulate. Lighting can interfere with their food extraction behavior.
Build a moat
If ants get to a bowl with food for animals, wash the floor around it with hot water and soap - this will bring down the ant's trail. In addition, you can put the bowl in a fairly flat plate filled with soapy water - this will be a kind of moat for ants, and they will not be able to overcome it.
Put corn slides on the way of the ants. They eat it and take it home, but they cannot digest it and die. It will take at least a week for this tool to work, but you will not worry about children and pets, because the flour is absolutely harmless.
Homemade lure for ants
Mix one teaspoon of boric acid, 6 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups of water. Soak cotton balls in this and place them in the path of the ants. The mixture dries out, so it is better to pour a little bit into the bottle cap and put a cotton ball in it so that the mixture constantly feeds it.
Only be careful! If you have small children and pets, keep them away from this trap - boric acid can irritate mucous membranes, skin and eyes. Ant workers will not only be poisoned, but also bring low doses of boric acid to the anthill. So be patient, it takes time to poison the ants.
Perhaps, mosquitoes are much worse than ants, and because of them summer hikes with an overnight stay sometimes become simply unbearable, and in the city it is more than unpleasant to comb bites.
Mosquitoes become most active in the early morning and early evening. They fly in calm, stagnant air, because the breeze blows them away. So close the windows and doors on the leeward side.
Remove stagnant water
Check the house for the presence of stagnant water: small pools in the yard, a bowl of water for the pet. Change the water at least twice a week and try to eliminate all open springs with stagnant water in the yard.
If you sometimes barbecue in the courtyard of a country house, try throwing a little sage and rosemary on the coals. It will scare away mosquitoes.
Excellent natural repellent against mosquitoes. Mix the garlic juice with water in the ratio of one to five, pour into a small bottle with a spray and apply on the exposed parts of the body. The effect lasts up to 5-6 hours after application.
You can also soak in the composition of the ribbon of cotton fabric and hang them in places of possible penetration of mosquitoes.
Neem oil This is a natural oil derived from the fruits of the Neem tree growing in India. Its leaves and seeds contain a mosquito repellent substance, but the oil itself is a natural product that is harmless to health. Simply add a few drops of oil to your favorite lotion and apply to exposed areas.
It is a natural oil derived from the fruits of the Neem tree growing in India. Its leaves and seeds contain a mosquito repellent substance, but the oil itself is a natural product that is harmless to health. Simply add a few drops of oil to your favorite lotion and apply to exposed areas.
Grow more flowers
Plant valerian flowers in the garden or in the country - they look cool and repel mosquitoes. Rosemary, marigolds, lemon grass (citronella) and lemon balm also work.
You can make candles from aromatic oils and melted wax using the rule: 15-30 grams of essential oil per 450 grams of wax.
Here are some good repellent oils to repel mosquitoes ...
Recipe number 1: simple and spicy
- 5 parts citronella
- 5 pieces of lavender
- 5 pieces of cloves
Recipe number 2: bright and energetic
- 5 parts citronella
- 5 pieces of lavender
- 5 pieces of mint
Recipe number 3: deep green
- 10 parts citronella
- 10 pieces of cedar
- 5 pieces of eucalyptus
- 5 parts rosemary
Homemade mosquito repellent
For a homemade mosquito mix, you will need essential oils and something to mix them with, such as vodka or olive oil. For best results, mix different essential oils, such as lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, cinnamon, cedar and juniper.
Spread small bags of gauze with dried mint, bay leaves, cloves and eucalyptus around the house to scare away the flies.
Homemade adhesive tape for flies
Mix in a small bowl? cups of cornmeal, one teaspoon of white sugar and 1 teaspoon of brown.
Cut a strip of brown kraft paper, soak it in the resulting mixture and let it dry. Make a hole at one end of the masking tape and hang it at home.
Plant sweet basil next to the door on the plot or grow it in a pot on the window - this plant perfectly repels flies and mosquitoes. You can even take it with you to a picnic so that insects do not annoy you too much.
If you have a lot of flies, try to moisten a rag in the eucalyptus essential oil and hang it in the place of insect accumulation.
These arthropods do not wait for spring and quietly exist in our houses and apartments all year round. Use several methods, and you do not have to so often remove the web from the corners.
Spiders hate mint
Mix a few drops of mint essential oil, a little detergent and plain water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray all the corners where cobwebs often appear.
Coconut oil and vinegar
A mixture of coconut oil and white vinegar also helps a lot from spiders, but before sprinkling the house with this mixture, check it on a small area of carpets, curtains and wallpaper - oil can leave traces.
Citrus essential oils
Spiders do not like citrus oils - lemon, orange and lime as much as mint. Of course, this will not kill them, but will force them to avoid places where it smells of citrus. Just buy natural essential oils, not fragrant fakes (this can be done at the pharmacy).
Natural spray from all harmful insects
This homemade spray will help to cope with all the above insects. It includes:
- 220 gr apple cider vinegar with vodka
- 45 drops of mint essential oil
- 15 drops of lemon or wild orange essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use as needed. When not in use, put it in the fridge - the shelf life of such a mixture is about 2-3 months.