Winter may be cold and snowy, but there’s one thing you rarely have to worry about during the frosty months and that’s bugs invading your home. Come summer, we see a steady stream of insects seeking entry, through windows, open doors and any way they can find. To help keep your home bug-free this summer, here are some home remedies that will keep those creepy-crawlers at bay, as well as a few tips to safely remove them if they do find a way inside.
Ants – A zealous springtime invader, ants can also make a resurgence come mid-summer, especially if the temperature is soaring. Ants can make their way into your home through the tiniest of cracks or holes. If you are finding ants inside, the first step is to locate their point of entry and block it off. You can use petroleum jelly or duct tape to clog tiny cracks or holes. For a natural, chemical free solution, black pepper and baby powder are both known to deter ants. Pet owners will want to opt for baby powder.
Flies – Flies are dirty, bothersome insects – and fast too. There’s nothing worse than misplacing your flyswatter when one of these pests is circling your head or dinner table! Prevent entry into your home by keeping screens closed and kitchen work areas clean. Wipe down counters and don’t leave exposed food out. Keep the garbage covered at all times. Natural oils like lavender, eucalyptus and lemongrass are said to deter flies, as is planting a few basil plants.
Fruit flies – As soon as the temperature starts rising, these pesky little insects take flight. If you have a cloud of fruit flies buzzing around your fruit bowl, try this easy fix using two products you likely have at home. Mix a few ounces of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish detergent is a small bowl. Place this concoction next to your fruit and the flies will soon disappear.
As for crickets, molasses in a container strategically placed near their hideout is reported to do the trick. If you’re dealing with cockroaches, equal parts baking soda and sugar is the perfect combination. The roach is attracted to the sugar and killed by the baking soda.