What to do against insects?
The arrival of good weather too often rhymes with the return of harmful insects. They sometimes make it impossible to enjoy the fresh air on the terrace, invade our homes and some can even make us sick! I
It is therefore important to be well equipped to fight these intruders and to know a few tricks to keep them away from our home. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of the beautiful season.
1. Diatomaceous earth, a natural insect repellent
Diatomaceous earth has several functions, including that of an insecticide. Entirely ecological and natural, this powder acts as an abrasive on the body of insects. Then, thanks to its desiccant power, it kills them by causing them to dehydrate.
Diatomaceous earth should be sprinkled where pests pass through and where they have nested. Additionally, it can be used on mattresses and other upholstery affected by bedbugs.
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2. Ultrasonic insect repellent
These small devices work thanks to the ultrasound they emit and which scare away undesirables. Indeed, the ultrasonic repellent will help you get rid of insects and spiders as well as small rodents.
Just plug it into an electrical outlet in the room where there are unwanted insects. This type of ultrasonic repellent can be interesting to repel insects in small numbers but if you have a real invasion of crawling or flying insects you may need to opt for another more effective repellent,
It is important to leave this repellent in place at all times if you want to repel insects effectively and durably.
3. Body repellents with insect repellent essential oils
For those who prefer to use natural repellents instead of chemical ones, there are several tips and tricks using essential oils to get rid of insect pests. Here are a few:
- A vanilla repellent: Combining vanilla essence and the essential oils of lemon and eucalyptus, this insect repellent is not only effective, but it smells good! In a spray bottle, mix witch hazel water with ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence and a total of 20 drops of the essential oils. Apply this repellent to parts of your body that will be exposed to insects before you go outside.
- A body lotion with coconut oil and essential oils: This lotion to apply on the body will repel insects in addition to softening your skin. Combine ½ cup unscented lotion, ½ cup softened coconut oil, 25 drops lemongrass essential oil, and 10 drops grapefruit essential oil. Store this lotion in an airtight jar.
- A repellent with essential oil of Melaleuca: A very simple recipe: mix in a spray bottle ¼ cup of water and 20 drops of essential oil of Melaleuca.
4. Insect repellent with essential oils
If harmful insects, such as spiders, flies or cockroaches, have invaded your home, you can concoct a repellent yourself using insect repellent essential oils. Here are some recipes to try:
- Fly spray: In a spray bottle, combine 250 milliliters of water and ¼ teaspoon of lemongrass essential oil. Then spray the edges of windows, doors, etc.
- Spider repellent: In a spray bottle, mix 250 milliliters of water, 2 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of lemon liquid dish soap. Shake well, then spray the tops and bottoms of walls, around doors and windows, and anywhere spiders have taken up residence.
- Natural anti-cockroaches: In a spray bottle, combine 250 milliliters of water and ¼ teaspoon of peppermint essential oil. Spray this mixture in the kitchen cabinets, on the baseboards and the cracks where they could hide.
- Ant repellent: To make an ant repellent, you only have to mix 4 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of mint essential oil. Apply this mixture where you have seen ants.
5. Wasp repellents
If you don’t have essential oils or specific wasp repellents on hand, there are several items you have at home that can be used as wasp repellents. Here are some effective tips to get rid of these unwanted:
- Ground coffee against wasps: Burn ground coffee in a small container. The smell will drive away wasps that bother you outside.
- Wasp spray: In a spray bottle, combine equal parts water and pure white vinegar, and add the juice of one lemon. Sprinkle this solution around you to keep wasps at bay.
- A wasp trap: Cut a plastic bottle in half, then at the bottom of it, pour honey, orange juice or beer. Push the neck part of the bottle, upside down, into the part containing the liquid. Wasps will be attracted by the sweet smell, but will not be able to get out of the trap.
6. Natural mosquito repellents
What could be more unpleasant than being the target of mosquitoes! If you don’t want to turn to chemicals to ward them off, there are a few natural recipes you can use to protect yourself from those pesky little insects:
- mosquito repellent plants: Some plants have the power to repel mosquitoes that do not like their scent. On the terrace and in the garden, consider planting lemongrass, basil, lemon thyme, lavender and scented geranium.
- A diffuser of essential oils: Install an essential oil diffuser near you during your next evening on the terrace, and add lemon eucalyptus essential oil to it.
- pure white vinegar: Spray around you on the terrace pure white vinegar. The smell will effectively keep mosquitoes away from your terrace. You can also apply a few drops to your skin to deter them from biting you.