I have hated bugs since I knew what they were. Mosquito bites are hands down the worst part of summer. And the SPIDERS?? Don’t get me started. But alas, the more we learn about these pests, the more we learn what they don’t like! Here are a few tips for keeping summer’s most common outlaws OUT of your house!
- Spiders: The #1 thing to keep spiders away is Peppermint Oil. This can be bought at any local grocery store and here at target.com. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of the peppermint oil and a few drops of dish soap. Spray it around doorways and windows and anywhere else you may have seen spiders before, and make sure to leave doors and windows open for a little while after spraying. Inhaling peppermint oil can sometimes cause dizziness. If you haven’t got any Peppermint Oil on hand, I bet you’ve got white vinegar! Make a mixture of half white vinegar, half water, and spray away. That is, if you can handle the smell of that! Another trick is to plant Eucalyptus plants. Spiders don’t like those, either and who doesn’t want another excuse to get another plant??! Vacuuming up webs is also a favorite pastime of mine as it doesn’t require me to touch anything gross. Finally, the cleaner you keep your home, the less chance you’ll have ANY nasty little creepy crawlers around so use that as incentive for the kids! “You don’t want spiders in your bedroom, do you?”
- Snakes: Personally, I have a pet snake, I love snakes I think they’re incredible creatures and they’re smart and beautiful, and I could go on and on but since I’m probably the minority with that opinion, here are a few things you can do to keep them away from your home. Going back to the oils theme, snakes don’t like close or cinnamon oil, and you can get the clove oil here and the cinnamon oil here. Same basic concept as the peppermint oil, mix a few drops in a spray bottle of water and spray in cracks and crevices outside and around the perimeters. Mothballs also have an active ingredient snakes hate, so putting a few of those out can help too! Or you can just call me! I will gladly come and take any snakes you may have off your grounds! (Just Kidding!)
- MOSQUITOES: My least favorite bug on the PLANET, really. Ugh, just the absolute worst! But since my hatred for them isn’t going to lead them to extinction (a girl can dream, can’t she?), hopefully these tips will help you avoid bites altogether. Placing a fan outside pointed toward where you’re sitting can actually keep mosquitoes away. I can’t believe I never thought of this. How could their puny little wings withstand a fan? They probably can’t. Citronella candles can also thwart off these buzzers. And again following with the Oils theme, this lemon eucalyptus bug deterrent spray is a natural way to keep mosquitoes out of your garden party. Peppermint oil (see SPIDERS above) can also be used for these little buggers! Another trick is to definitely get rid of ANY standing water!!!!!!!! Plus, standing water is just gross!
- Bees: This is a tough one because bees literally pollinate ALL of our crops. If it weren’t for bees, we would have no agriculture. So, for the sake of future generations, I am only listing all-natural repellents, none of which should be harmful to these awesome little bugs. The peppermint oil/water mixture mentioned for spiders above will also work for bees, just spray around perimeters, doors, windows, etc. Or you can also use tea tree oil or cinnamon oil (or all three if you like!). You can also place cinnamon sticks outside where you’ve seen bees and plant mint as that is a natural deterrent, too! I know our first reaction is to kill bees, but please try to minimize this as many species have become endangered and like I mentioned, if we lose bees, we lose a lot more with them.
I truly hope these tips will help you live your best bug-free summer ever!