5 DIY Remedies to Keep Bugs Away This Summer


| 7/3/2017 10:09:00 AM


Insects and bugs are a common problem during the warmer months of the year. Attracted by various food sources, from crumbs to your pets, insects like ants, mosquitoes and wasps can make your life miserable once they invade your home and garden.

When you hire a professional contractor, exterminating most of these creatures can cost an average of $250 to $300, while termite and bed bug extermination can cost $1,300 to $2,500. Thankfully, you don’t need to hire an exterminator or use a lot of toxic chemicals to deal with the issue; there are many natural remedies you can use to help rid your home of pests.

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Diatomaceous Earth and Borax for Ants

Even finding one ant inside your home can indicate a bigger problem. Ants can eat away at your home, cause foul odors and, generally, be a nuisance. To find the most effective means of dealing with them, you need to know what type of ants you have.

The most common ants found in homes are odorous ant, house ants and carpenter ants. For house ants or odorous ants, mix equal parts borax and sugar and sprinkle it around the areas the ants enter to attract and kill them. For carpenter ants sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (DE), a lethal dust for insects, made from natural and organic algae-like plants around your baseboards.



Repel Mosquitoes and Flies with Basil & Rosemary

Simply put some fresh basil leaves in a vase or jar with water, then leave them on a table or mantel as decoration. Basil naturally repels both mosquitoes and houseflies, along with looking and smelling great. Add some flowers for a more appealing aesthetic, or decorate the vase or jar with ribbons to blend it in with your decor.



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