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Household Items You Can Use to Repel Bugs

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People who think that they need to use toxic chemicals in order to repel insects are wrong. It is possible to make pest control work even with chemicals that humans actively like. Many of the scents that humans enjoy are actually in place in order to protect the original plants from insects in the wild. Some of these chemicals act as natural pest control. These chemicals are often toxic to bugs but not to humans because humans are so much larger. There is no reason to choose chemicals that are toxic to humans and bugs when it is possible to use chemicals that are truly only toxic to the right group. 

Citronella

Using almost anything that contains citronella can work to repel flies and a lot of other pests. Some people will burn citronella candles in their homes. Other people will take citronella oil and soak towels in it. There are also citronella sprays that will quickly and easily fill the entire house with the scent, which is something that most people will like and that most bugs will hate.

Peppermint Oil

Using peppermint oil is popular these days. People will use it to treat everything from skin problems to depression. It can also be extremely useful in pest control. Most pests cannot stand the smell of peppermint oil, even though a lot of humans love it. It's also toxic to many insects. Leaving traces of it around the house, particularly in 'hot spots' that tend to attract a lot of pests, can kill some pests and cause others to leave.

Tea Tree Oil

This is another great essential oil that will work well in the fight against pests. Most people will love the pleasing scent of tea tree oil, which is similar to pine. Tea tree oil can be applied directly to certain household surfaces. Soaking a rag in tea tree oil will also create a potent scent that will tend to repel pests.

Vanilla Extract

The scent of vanilla extract can be used to ward off mosquitoes and quite a lot of other pests. Some people will use vanilla extract as something of a topical pest control repellent since it is possible to put vanilla extract safely on a person's skin without any issues. It is also possible to put vanilla extract on household surfaces without damaging them. The strong odor of vanilla extract around the house will repel insects, but it will be pleasing to humans. 

Garlic

A lot of insects truly dislike the smell of garlic. People who eat garlic on a regular basis will actually be less likely to get bitten by mosquitoes since the smell of the garlic will become more obvious as people perspire. Leaving out some garlic cloves around the house can be helpful in a similar way. Fresh garlic cloves typically have an odor that will seem minor to humans but much more extreme to the insects that people are trying to repel. 

Fabric Softener Sheets

People who place fabric softener sheets around their homes will find that the pest population will become less aggressive very quickly. Many brands of fabric softener in the modern world contain the compound linalool, which has an odor that mosquitoes and a lot of flying insects despise.
 
If people want to avoid using fresh fabric softener sheets for this purpose, the used ones should still work relatively well. The linalool might still be present even if the fabric softener sheet has been used. This setup allows people to reuse fabric softener sheets rather than throwing them out while also allowing them to get rid of pests effectively. 

Eucalyptus

Many people have used eucalyptus as a healing remedy. It is certainly hugely useful when it comes to pest control. Soaking a small towel with the eucalyptus oil and then placing it in an area that tends to attract a lot of pests will make a huge difference very quickly in a lot of cases.

Detergent

People don't always need to use herbal remedies for the sake of pest control. In some cases, people will be able to use detergent in order to get rid of bugs. Diluted detergent will work well as a spray. People just need to spray this diluted detergent in any area that is full of flies and bugs, and they will begin to disappear. 

Pest Repellents

Plenty of the scents that will repel insects will have a tendency to have some positive side effects around the house. A lot of people will like these scents, and a house will seem cleaner as a result. These pest control projects will also give a lot of people the chance to use old fabric softener sheets and detergent. Pest control can and should be safe for humans. These household items are truly only harmful to insects.


How to get Bugs Out of my Garden

If bugs are in your home, it's possible that they're in your garden too. It's important to practice pest prevention in order to limit products on your garden, but we all know that these infestations can pop up overnight. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of them without purchasing expensive, unnecessary equipment or harmful pesticides.

Use Of Water

Water is life. It’s quite vital for crop growth as well as their survival, not to mention the good it does to humans. Well, water may also be a solution to your pest problem. Put water in your spraying pump and take time to walk slowly through your garden spraying water on the leaves. Do not forget the bottom sides of the leaves; this act as the hiding place for the pest. On spraying the leaves, all pests fall to the ground, and this gives them the opportunity to “fight for their territory” obvious none survives. This keeps your garden safe from pests, and the birds may eat the little remaining ones.

Soapy Water

Soap is usually irritating. Imagine how it feels on getting into contact with your eye. Well, the case isn’t much different from what happens on coming into contact with pest’s skin. Add soap to the water in the spraying pump, and gently spray on the crops’ leaves. This doesn’t need to be much, to slide the pests out of the leaves; only a little is needed to come into contact with the skin. The soap irritates the pests, peeling off their skin, and eventually, the pests die. Living your garden much safer. Hot pepper and garlic may also be an alternative.

Setting Traps

Slugs and other slimy pests also attack gardens, and they often attack in the night. They may prove a little hard to rid, but they also fall into traps. Keep an area free of plant litter or excessive mulch around your vegetable garden. As the night falls, lay boards on the ground to act as traps, slugs will be caught in the boards, and you can get rid of them in the morning. Sharp, dry surfaces e.g. diatomaceous earth may also act as good traps. On coming into contact with the surface, the soft bodies of the slimy pests is cut and eventually, the pest dies of dehydration.

Other Lawn Pests

Bugs are common in almost every garden. However, they can easily be got rid of through natural ways that will not prove harmful to human beings. The use of beneficial insects such as the ladybird, the praying mantis among others, serves as an effective way to get rid of bugs. Setting barriers and referents, act as walls that hinder contact between the pests and the garden. Also, allowing the crawling animals, some space may also act as good control measure. Moles, for instance, will only leave behind holes in the surface but will eat almost all pests that may be on your farm.