Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Saving By Making about ways to reuse items all around your house, and I’m excited to welcome Christine from iDreamofClean.net to Live Renewed:
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So, you have bugs. Or ants. Or insects.
It’s unfortunate. It’s upsetting. Sometimes it’s even harmful.
Thankfully, it’s also preventable!
Repelling bugs that creep into your home might be easier than you expect. You can do it easily and naturally; without bringing harmful toxins into your home.
Reduce Clutter and Maintain a Clean Home
The first step in eliminating bugs, ants, and other insects while also preventing them from returning is to eliminate junk and clean your home thoroughly. When your home is messy, all of the clutter lying around provides ample hiding places for those creepy, crawly bugs to build their home. The mess also prevents you from cleaning crumbs, goo, and grime that’s attracting those bugs.
Start by purging items you no longer need, organizing the rest, and then cleaning the infected area thoroughly. Scrub. Disinfect. Vacuum. Get it clean!
Next, you absolutely must maintain that area and keep it clean so the bugs don’t have a reason to return. If you need to set up a cleaning schedule, then do it! It’s imperative for keeping those bugs away!
Use Natural Ingredients to Repel Bugs, Ants, and Insects
Surprisingly, there are an array of natural ingredients that repel bugs, ants, and insects in the home. For some it may only take one of these solutions. But, if you have a major bug problem, you may want to try them all!
Vinegar is one of those magic ingredients. It cleans, it disinfects, and it even repels ants! Spray vinegar on and around any area that has an ant problem.
Plants and Herbs
Basil, mint, lemongrass, rosemary, garlic citronella plants, marigolds, and tansies are all fantastic bug, ant, and insect repellents. Plant them in your yard and put them in pots around your doors and windows. They’ll add color to the exterior while also keeping those pesky bugs at bay. You can even put an entire bunch of the herbs or crush them and sprinkle them around your indoor problem areas.
Seriously, it’s as simple as going to the store (or out to your garden), getting a bunch of basil (or mint, or rosemary…), and placing it near the spot the bugs are entering (whether it be on the kitchen counter, in the cabinet, or on the window sill).
Sprinkle cinnamon on any ants you see and around the area they are entering the house. You can also dust items like the sugar bowl with cinnamon to keep ants away.
Ants don’t like baby powder for some reason so it can be used in a way similar to cinnamon.
If you know where ants are entering your home, draw a circle around the opening with chalk. For some reason, they won’t cross over the line. I haven’t actually been able to try this one but I would just love to see the chalk line in action!
Personal Insect Repellent
Bugs not only wreck havoc indoors, but if you’re super sweet, they probably love to attack you when you go outdoors. Many of these natural repellents can be adapted to act as a repellent that can be used on your body.
Steep mint, rosemary, or basil in hot water like you would tea. Pour in a spray bottle and store in your refrigerator. Use as an insect repellent by spraying on your skin when needed.
Keep dryer sheets in your pockets and/or rub the dryer sheets on your skin and clothes before going outside.
Rub a slice of onion over your skin to keep mosquitoes and other insects away. (I don’t think I’ll try this! If you do, let me know!)
Rub citrus peels (oranges, lemons, limes) on skin keep bugs away.
Mix one cup of water and one tablespoon of vanilla extract (make sure corn syrup isn’t listed in the ingredients or it will make you sticky!). Bugs will stay away if you spray on your skin.
So, how do you repel bugs naturally?
Christine doesn’t like bugs. She doesn’t like to clean either! Thankfully, there are several ways to eliminate bugs but she hasn’t yet been able to find a way to defeat the dreadful task of cleaning. Instead, she does everything in her power to find the best tips and tricks to get the job done faster and easier! If you’d like to implement those tips yourself, visit her today at iDreamofClean.net.
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