It's the summer time and you are looking forward to afternoons by the pool and warm nights sipping on ice tea. The one thing you are not looking forward to is the sudden invasion of insects. Insects infiltrate the average home looking for water and dark places to give them a break from the hot summer air and your home is the perfect place for both. Don't let these bugs ruin your summer plans. Below are homemade insect repellant solutions that are safe and effective without having the harsh chemical smells.
Cucumber And Mint Oil
The thick line of ants probably goes as far as the eye can see and leads right to your door. Not only are ants looking for a cool place to turn to, they are also trying to store up their food for the winter, so if you can anything sticky and sweet laying out, ants will come to answer to call. Ants absolutely hate two things: the smell of mint and the smell of cucumbers. Combine these two ingredients and you have an ant repellent powerhouse.
Peel four cucumbers and soak them in a bowl of water and thirty drops of mint oil. Let the cucumber peels soak for about an hour and place them around the outside of your doors. Not only will it stop the ants from invading your space, it will also keep your home smelling fresh and clean.
Garlic And Lemon Juice
Mosquitoes really only want the same thing you want during the summer: a nice, cool pool of water. If you have standing water in your yard, you can bet these areas will be taken over by mosquitoes. Getting rid of them is easy if you use a simple combination of minced garlic and lemon juice. Mosquitoes hate these two smells.
Soak strips of old material in a bowl of water, two tablespoons of minced garlic and three tablespoons of lemon juice. Soak the strips for a few minutes and hang them around the areas of your yard that have standing water. If you want extra protection from mosquitoes bites, you can pour the solution in a cheap spray bottle and spray yourself down whenever you spend time outside.
Peppermint And Lemon Oil
One of the scariest things to see during the summer is a huge spider waiting for you in the shower, especially if you can't tell a harmless garden spider from a poisonous one. A natural spider repellent is a combination of peppermint and lemons. This will keep them out of your house and away from your showers.
Drop forty drops of peppermint oil and twenty drops of lemon oil into a spray bottle of warm water. Shake the contents well to ensure they all mix together and spray the baseboards and cracks of your home. Pay special attention to your doors and spaces that give spiders easy access. Whatever you have left over of the solution, you can place in the refrigerator until the next application.
For more information, contact a pest control company in your area.