Getting rid of pesky flies, cockroaches and other insects is sometimes very difficult, forcing us to resort to sprays, smoke bombs and fumigation. However, these are all poisons and harm us and our pets as well as the insects we are trying so hard to remove. In addition, we need insects for the biodiversity of our planet. They have their purposes, as we do, and are not merely for destruction when they encroach on our living space.
Therefore, try some of these natural ways to deter insects without harming yourself or those around you:
Getting rid of flies can actually be a great smelling job! Put about 3 tablespoons of dried cloves into a bowl and sprinkle these with citronella or peppermint oil, clove oil and lavender oil. This keeps the flies at bay and gives the room a gorgeous aroma. Have this bowl nearby when cooking or eating.
Cockroaches and Fishmoths
Mix 10 drops of peppermint oil with 5 drops of cypress oil and put this into a half a cup of cold water. Place the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well before spraying your problem areas. You can also drop citronella oil onto cotton wool balls and place these in cupboards and drawers. Dot more oil onto the balls every few weeks. Fishmoths also do not enjoy lavender, cedarwood and peppermint oil, so those can be used too.
Drop refreshing peppermint oil onto counter tops, walls and skirting boards to keep ants away. Be sure not to put it onto delicate or valuable wood without first testing that it will not leave a permanent stain.
Mosquitoes do not seem to like citronella, lemongrass, Tea Tree, peppermint or lavender. So, drip these oils onto curtains, pillows or a decorative piece of fabric hanging in the doorway or window. If you are sitting outdoors, have a steaming bowl of hot water handy and put some citronella oil into the water. By doing this, you will avoid being bitten, while still enjoying the fragrance.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil to half a litre of cold water and put the mixture into a spray bottle. Apply it to the entire plant, including leaves, flowers and stems.
Dust mites in the home can cause major allergies and skin outbreaks. Mix a cup of Vodka (if you can spare it) with about 30 drops of eucalyptus oil. Put this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it onto all linen, upholstered furniture, carpets, rugs and toys three times a week.
Place cotton wool balls drizzled with peppermint or eucalyptus oil around the house and in the ceiling to deter these cute and cuddly critters.
Ticks and Fleas in Pets’ Bedding
Scatter the leaves of the Khakibos plant amongst the blankets of the pets’ beds to get rid of ticks and fleas. These will not harm your pet.
Photo Credit: Shelter Research Project