Summer brings some unwanted bugs inside your home. Instead of buying a bottle of the chemical stuff, try these non-toxic steps to keep your home bug free, without harming your health and the environment at the same time.1. FLIES: A fly buzzing around a room can be hard to ignore sometimes. Flies don’t like basil, so having a few basil plants in your home is a good deterrent (and you can use the basil for cooking). You can also make your own natural fly paper to capture flies by using corn syrup, sugar, and brown paper bags.
2. MOSQUITOES: Remove any standing water sources from your backyard and keep gutters clean. Consider adding mosquito-repelling plants, such as lemon balm and marigolds, to your garden. Or make your own homemade mosquito repellent with essential oils and vegetable oil or apple cider vinegar.
3. ANTS: Remove anything that could attract ants, such as crumbs on a counter or a sticky jar of honey in the cupboard. If that doesn’t work, then place cucumber slices at entry points. Cucumbers are known to repel ants. You can also “spice things up” by sprinkling cayenne pepper, chili pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, mint, cloves or garlic where you seen ants and along your home’s foundation.4. COCKROACHES: Diatomaceous earth is a safer alternative to eliminating cockroaches in your home. Sprinkle where cockroaches hang out, e.g., counter tops and behind appliances. It won’t harm humans, but cockroaches coming in contact with diatomaceous earth normally die within 48 hours. When applying the material, avoid inhaling the dust; it’s not toxic to people, but inhaling it can irritate. If you just want to repel cockroaches, try leaving small satchels of catnip where you’ve seen cockroach activity, or simmer catnip to create a tea that can be sprayed around the house.
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