This familiar scent makes insects want to go somewhere else. Dilute 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil in 2 cups of warm water to make an insect repellent; dab onto the skin of animals or people, or put the mix in a spray bottle for misting plants.
This warming medicinal herb dispels some of the worst garden nasties. Brew 1 teaspoon of dried or fresh crushed pepper in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes for a particularly effective bug spray.
Tuck a bay leaf or two in your kitchen containers of rice, flour, and other grains. Compounds in bay keep weevils from hatching.
To repel moths, apply lavender essential oil to a cotton ball, tie a string around it, and hang it in the closet. An extra bonus: The scent will give your spirits a little lift every time you open the door.
Pyretheum, the active component in feverfew, paralyzes many chewing insects. To make your own plant wash or mist, steep 1 cup of leaves in 2 cups of boiled water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Hang wormwood sprigs in closets or on wreaths to repel moths and other insects. The active ingredient is thujone, a poisonous narcotic and convulsant, so don’t take wormwood internally.
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