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Now personally I have nothing against spiders, they just scuttle around the house and if there are only one or two I’d rather enjoy their art and effort which they take in spinning their webs. What gets on my nerves are the mother spiders for they generate thousands of their progeny.
How to deal with spiders?
A bit of kerosene goes a long way
Wash windows inside and out with a combo of ammonia & water. What it does is it clears all the droppings and dirt, making it less attractive for spiders,flies and mosquitoes. Now dip an old cloth into kerosene and rub the window sills. The kerosene leaves a smell that isn’t too favourable with spiders and it also keeps flies at bay.
Get Rid of Spiders With Lady Bugs
I had once read that a lady bug is a farmer’s friend. Even though these are bugs and I can’t say for sure whether( or how) all of them are ladies they finish off everything else. They eat spiders, flies, worms and lot of other pesky troubles.
A chemical free way
A natural way to chase away spiders is to place Hedge Apples or pieces of Hedge Apples wherever you see spiders. Spiders hate these things. You can not find the Hedge Apples until June and that is the time when these are causing arachnophobia!
A smarter way to use hedge apples is somewhere down.Use lemon pledge
Since spiders taste with their legs( now I know why they have so many legs) and because they hate lemon pledge dusting window sills and door frames and all other nooks and crannies with lemon pledge will ward them off.
Natural pest repellent spray- Take one cup of vinegar( apple cider is the best), one cup of pepper, a teaspoon of oil and liquid soap. Mix them all together and spray along the outside of your outside door and along windows. Do it again after rains.
Many of the recipes below require peppermint oil and I would highly suggest buying some since it’s the best thing for getting rid of many pests.
Spiders hate peppermint oil. Mosquitoes peppermint oil. Mice hate peppermint oil and even fleas hate peppermint oil.
1.Purchase peppermint oil in its pure, concentrated form and apply it in your shelves and inside pockets, and on areas where perspiration may attract mosquitoes and fleas, such as under your arms or around your collar. ( caution: Test a few drops of peppermint oil on a hidden part of your clothing to ensure that it will not stain the fabric.)
2.Dilute 1 part peppermint oil with 10 parts rubbing alcohol and place the solution in a plastic spray bottle. This dilution will make it easy for you to use peppermint oil amply on pets,clothing, shelves, doors and sills. You can also test it on your skin but again see that it does not irritate you.
3. There are other oils like rosemary oil, lemongrass oil and lemon eucalyptus oil that naturally repel insects. Mix peppermint oil with them and you will get protection against a hell lot of pests and the protection lasts longer in the case of spiders.
Some DIY recipes to ward off mosquitoes
I hate hate hate mosquitoes, they are blood sucking nefarious creatures that serve no purpose
1. To keep mosquitoes from biting rub vicks on 4 or 5 spots - a little dab on the feet, legs, arms and neck. I thought that the mosquitoes excused me during cold and fever. Now I know that it was vicks that did the magic.
2. DIY recipe for mosquito spray
Get some peppermint oil, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil. Place the peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus oils into the spray bottle with the eye dropper. Fasten the lid and shake the oils well to blend them.
**Remove the lid and add the water to the blended essential oils. Replace the spray lid and shake the water and oil mixture well to mix the ingredients.
**Spray the peppermint repellent on the skin and clothing when going outside where mosquitoes might be present. Do not spray it directly onto the face; instead, spray onto fingers and spread over the face, avoiding the eye area since it can easily irritate they eyes.
Bonus: Make a rub-on oil version of the repellent by mixing the essential oil blend with four ounces of jojoba or almond oil in a small plastic or glass container. Shake the mixture well to blend the oils. Apply the oil repellent to the skin by hand and rub it in completely.
3. DIY recipe for mosquito spray
12 oz bottle witch hazel (mine was lavender infused and had no alcohol or parabens)
15 drops citronella essential oil (I use a bit more)
15 drops lemon grass oil (I use a bit more)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops tee tree oil (optional)
An empty spray container
An empty mixing jar to mix the contents in
DIRECTIONS:Pour witch hazel in the mixing jar and add the essential oils. Shake well and place in your spray bottles using a funnel, is the best way.
Before each use just shake up a bit. Make sure you don't get any in your eyes and when using for your kids just place a little bit over a small area to make sure they are not allergic to any of the essential oils.
DIY recipes above from http://www.ehow.com/how_5096768_use-oil-natural-mosquito-repellent.html
4. DIY recipe for mosquito spray
You might have noticed that if you go and sit in an empty spot previously un occupied by mosquitoes then mosquitoes do start coming and biting you after sometime.
The science behind a mosquito tracing you is because we emit carbon dioxide when we breathe out. They can smell that.
Just imagine if we can fool mosquitoes into believing that carbon dioxide is coming from somewhere and they get trapped thinking that they are going for a live human.
We will use yeast for that since yeast emits carbon dioxide in large amounts when growing.
An alternative to using yeast is mixing baking soda with any fruit juice,say orange juice. They react together to release carbon dioxide but it does not last long.
- 1 2 litre soda bottle
- a sharp knife
- black paper
- candy thermometer
Make a simple sugar syrup.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups cool water
- 1 tsp. active dry yeast
Directions:Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil.
Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 2 cups cool water, stir well.
Check the temperature of the syrup to make sure it is no hotter than 90 degrees F, if hotter, let cool to 90 degrees F, add 1 tsp. active dry yeast, no need to mix. Put syrup in the bottom part of the bottle, using the cut off neck piece, leave in place.
Be sure to seal the two parts of the bottle with the tape. The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.
TIPS: Put the trap in a dark and humid place for 2 weeks, you'll see the effect. You'll have to replace the sugar water + yeast solution every 2 weeks.
Try and let me know whether it worked for you?
adapted from http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf22399231.tip.html
Some quick remedies
1.Have you ever noticed that during even times, I think the times at dusk there will be swarms of mosquitoes on the veranda trying to enter your house? There will be mosquitoes on the patio and there’s one remedy that can make them back track their path.
They hate the smell of garlic and if you put some chopped up garlic on the patio or near the plants over which they hover then you will seen them disappearing into oblivion.
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2. Earlier I had said that I will be giving away some smart ways to use hedge apples. Now place hedge apples under beds and in pantry to repel spiders and insects. Scientific studies have found that extracts of hedge apple repel several insects and they are as effective as the insecticide DEET.
3. Not a natural remedy in its fullest sense but works quite well. Use a 4-ounce spray bottle and load it up with the popular mouth wash Listerine(only $6). Mosquitoes hate listerine. You will not find a trace of them once the spraying is done.
Herbal remedies for an ant exodus
Ants are some of the least harmful creatures. They do not spread diseases,they do not bother to bite around much,indeed they are always busy and that's why I hate them. They are so active that they will bring their whole batallion down to fetch a sugar crystal or keep sniffing till the last drop of spilled milk is cleared.
Here are some tips to get rid of them DIY TIP 1
The number one herbal/natural thing that you can do to get rid of ants is to use Borax. By the sound of it Borax seems to be a chemical compound but it occurs in nature as such and is not chemically manufactured.
*Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Borax.
Then soak the Borax mixture up with cotton balls and place those cotton balls near any trails the ants have established in your home.
They will feed on the borax mixture and for a while it would like you have done a big mistake but then you will thank me tomorrow for they will all be gone at one go.
Mix two tablespoons of borax with jam, jelly, honey or syrup until there is a paste. Smear some on some paper or a plate and put it where the ants are at. They should flock to it and eat it and take it back to the nest and it will act as a natural ant killer.
Adapted from http://naturalantkiller.net
DIY TIP 2
Here’s one smart way to get rid of fire ants. We will be making use of the fact that fire ants live in colonies with a queen.
It’s perfect for the summers when there are occasional rains.
Wait for a few days until you feel like it is going to rain.
Then… sprinkle instant grits on the fire ant hill. The workers will carry the grits to the queen who will eat the grits and when it rains, she’ll drink.
The grits will expand in her stomach and she’ll “bloat” to death. Once she’s out of the way, the leaderless ants will die off. (Adapted from the Tightwad Gazette II book.)
You can use the same tip on a larger scale but with corn meal
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so to see the effect but it sure works.
DIY TIP 3
You would need boric acid and sugar.
Mix the sugar and Boric Acid well. There is no specific formula as to how you should do it. Any ratio works. Put it in a jar.
Now put cotton atop the lid,fill it, and then saturate the cotton to the top.
Place where you want it; make several if you need it.
Will keep for a long while.
It sometimes takes a little while for them to find it, but find it they will.
When they do, let them alone; you will want to kill them because they look so creepy; but don't because they will hang over the edge of the lid and drink, drink, drink, and then take it back to the nest.
Almost over night, the ants would disappear.
DIY TIP 4
When a string of ants invade your home you can use lemon juice on the path they usually travel or use baking soda.
And a ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants can discourage ants.
Ants hate vinegar, spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel the poor tiny workers.
Other things that you can doNatural flea repellent – Add ½ cup chopped rosemary to 4 cups of boiling water. Let cool, strain out rosemary, and add to a spray bottle to spray on your pet’s furry coat.
Natural tick deterrent for human usage - 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray it on shoes, socks or pant cuffs. This is good to know! tick
Use peppermint oil as an insect repellent by breaking open a few Vitamin E capsules and mixing the oil with peppermint oil. A Vitamin E and peppermint oil mixture will keep your skin smooth and soft, and will act as an effective and natural insect repellent as well. You may need to re-apply the solution once every 1 to 2 hours, however, for best results.
Cloves smell better than moth balls and are a natural deterrent against winged pests. You can also create a water trap by filling a small basin with water and leaving a night light suspended over it. Moths will be attracted to the light and will end up crashing and burning and falling into the water. Add a little dish soap to break the surface tension of the water.
Catching fleas with detergent water
Placing a small pan of water with a few drops of dish detergent under a nightlight at night to drown fleas, you can also use the container if you pick a flea off yourself, just flick them in the solution.
Scrubbing your kitchen counter tops and floors with white distilled vinegar to chase ants.
Catnip for cockroaches
Cockroaches hate catnip, make a catnip tea and fill a spray bottle, spray where you see cockroaches or their droppings.
When I was a kid mother would buy a white chalk for killing cockroaches. The night time would be great fun coz we would be drawing lines all over the house anywhere where the cockroach had a chance of passing.
Morning we would find a slain army of roaches.
A natural way to do this is by mixing sugar and baking soda in an equal ratio.
Just spread around the area where you see roaches and soon you won’t see them anymore.
Otherwise use a mixture of Boric Acid, with baking soda which is naturally occurring.
Grind rosemary leaves into a fine dust and sprinkle it onto your pet or its bedding to ward off fleas.
Neem oil is one of the most bitter oils on earth. Made from neem seeds they prevent fungus growth, kill insects,mites and you can even use the branch of a neem tree to brush your teeth.
Neem oil is usually sold in a concentrated form, to which you add water.
Fruit flies like wine, fill up a saucer of some cheap white wine and add a little detergent to it. Leave it around for the flies to sip and die on.
A natural fly catcher related to wine is to put something sickly sweet like mango peels in the bottom of narrow-necked wine bottles. The flies can fly in, but can’t fly out.
I have shown how to make one here on this blog.
For mosquito burning citronella candles will help.
Vinegar is a great herbicide. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar – white is best since it won’t stain and since all vinegars are diluted buy the one with highest concentration to see some action.
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Bounce BugsBounce sheets can be used to repel spiders as well but not in the way you think.
A sheet of "Bounce" is not just for the dryer. All types of bugs, roaches and spiders meet their maker after coming in contact with a single sheet of bounce.
So, lay a few sheets anywhere around the house, near doors, vents, openings etc.
More on plants down,down,down
Lemon mint can be used to repel mosquitoes. It has a balmy smell that you will love and mosquitoes hate.
Thai Lemon Grass
Thai lemon grass is not a particularly beautiful plant, but it is very effective as a natural mosquito repellent. An aromatic grass that gives off a lovely, lemony smell when rubbed or cut, it is extremely easy to grow in a landscape or on your patio. It t is tolerates full sun or partial shade, and likes plenty of water. Before enjoying an evening on the patio, snip a few of the leaves to release the odour that is pleasant to humans, but repellent to mosquitoes.
Lemon grass has many uses. It is often used as an ingredient in Thai food recipes. Homemade natural skincare, candles and perfumes sometimes contain lemon grass. On our farm, we simmer 1 part water with 1 part sugar and a few macerated pieces of lemon grass to make a simple syrup for sweetening lemonade or other beverages.
MarigoldsMarigold flowers give off a fragrance that is unappealing to many insects, especially to certain types of beetles, leaf cutters,the dreaded tomato horn worm, and some detrimental nematodes. Plant them near tender vegetables or place them in a pot on your picnic table. In addition to growing the flowers in strategic areas around your yard, you can also whirl the flowers with some water in your blender, strain and use as a pest deterrent spray.
Marigolds are easily grown from seed or transplants. Plant them in full sun. With very little care, marigolds bloom prolifically during the late spring and summer. To encourage continual blooming, deadhead the plants by removing flowers as they die. Marigolds come in many shades, including creamy yellow, right bright yellow, orange, gold, burgundy, and combinations of two colors.
Besides being a gorgeous bug repellent, marigold flowers are edible in salads and the dried leaves make a delicious tea.
NasturtiumNasturtiums are effective for repelling white flies, squash bugs, beetles and aphids. They prefer lots of sun and soil that is allowed to dry out between watering. These hardy plants will often grow in places that other plants will not tolerate, and bloom best when grown in average to poor soil conditions. Grow nasturtiums near tender vegetables or in a pot on your picnic table or patio. The seeds can be harvested and soaked in water for use as an insect repellent spray.
Nasturtium flowers have a peppery flavor that is delicious in salads. In addition, nasturtiums are used medicinally as a sore throat remedy as the leaves are a natural antibiotic that is high in vitamin C.
Catnip is known to repel ants, aphids, roaches, and beetles. It repels mice, but cats love it. Still, it is a hardy perennial that belongs to the mint family. Its soft, heart-shaped leaves are gray-green. Catnip produces small white or lavender flowers. Plant it in full sun in a well-drained soil. This hardy perennial requires little care and is a butterfly attractor.
Mexican Mint Marigold has a licorice flavor and scent, similar to French tarragon. This hardy plant grows well in warm temperatures. It is also known as Mexican tarragon Root Beer Plant, Yerba Anis or Cloud Plant. Its strong odor is a potent deterrent to pests, while the small, yellow flowers attract pollinators. Use as a culinary substitute for French tarragon.
Pennyroyal is a highly toxic member of the mint family. Its crushed, dried leaves have long been used to repel fleas and other pests. Although it is sometimes used as an herbal remedy for various maladies, it can be poisonous to pets and humans if ingested.
GarlicGarlic repels aphids, borers, apple scabs, Japanese beetles, peach leaf curl, and spider mites. Garlic tolerates many growing conditions, but prefers an area with full sun and well-drained soil. It is typically planted in the fall.