We wait for so long for the warm weather to arrive and when it finally does we are elated. What we don’t relish waiting for is all those pesky summer insects that like to invade our outdoor space. Well, to be fair we are really invading their territory, but they don’t have to be so miserable about it. You know, likes the ants, bees, wasps, spiders and mosquitoes to name a few.
At the same time we don’t want to be loading ourselves up with chemicals either to keep them at their distance, so here are some really net DIY suggestions to help you solve some of your problems with them.
Taking the misery out of the mosquito bites:
Those mosquitoes are tiny but mighty and their bite is nasty too.
Some say that a slice of lemon is an instant mosquito bite reliever. You just put the slice of lemon over the bite and wait till the itch stops and the swelling goes down.
They say that gently rubbing the bite with the inside of a banana peel brings soothing relief.
Baking soda to the rescue:
There is never any shortage of claims to fame for the baking soda. Just make a paste of baking soda and water and them apply directly to the bite. It should soon take the itch away and once it does then you can wash off the paste.
A pinch of salt to the rescue:
Another try it yourself. Wet the bite with warm water then sprinkle some salt on it. Leave it till it dries, then rinse it off.
The old hot spoon trick:
Take a teaspoon and run it under warm water, then apply the back of the spoon to the bite. Make sure its not too hot though.
Natural Bug Getters:
Stay away from the chemical insect repellants, as they are so dangerous. Here are a few natural tricks to try:
Without giving away my age, I can remember going to my aunt’s cottage, and having to dodge these long spiral gooey hanging pieces of paper that because absolutley disgusting as they amassed a large collection of flies. Well these fly catchers are still around to day, simply because they do work! So just in case you can’t find them here is a quick recipe to make them your self:
Get out a bowl and pour into it one tbsp. of brown sugar, 1 tbsp. white sugar and add to this one 1/4 corn syrup (yeah! the sticky stuff). Now take some strip of brown craft paper and punch a hole in one end and tie a small piece of string on this for hanging. Next soak these strips in the mixture you just made, (don’t get the strings wet) and then hang them up to dry. You might want to put a piece of newspaper under them to catch the drippings. Once they dry they are ready to be fly traps.
Spiders just like any other create has its own purpose. Most though don’t like it when they invade the house. Here is a natural spider pesticide that may help:
In a spray bottle mix one cup of black pepper, one cup of white vinegar, one tsp of cooking oil. Shake this up till it is mixed well, then add one tsp of liquid dish soap and mix gently so it doesn’t suds up. Now trot outside and spray all along the perimeter of your house and along your window sills. The only downside is the next time it rains you will have to repeat the spraying process.
For some other good ideas be sure to check out our post on how to stop insects from biting.