This is the season of outdoor parties, barbecues and get-togethers... but it's also bug season. Don't let them get you down though! Here are ten clever ways to DIY your way to bug-free entertaining.
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There's nothing quite like sitting down to enjoy my morning coffee and hearing a blood-curdling screech coming from the kitchen. I flash back to my superhero daydreams of childhood and jump up, adrenaline pumping, rushing out of the sunroom to save the day. Sprinting into the kitchen, I see the perpetrator: A dark black cockroach in the middle of our kitchen floor. Unfortunately, this has become a regular occurrence in our home.
Those slayers of wee beasties, Orkin and Terminix, complied top ten lists of the most bed-bug-infested cities in the U.S.
Amy found out that most citronella candles don't contain even a bit of real citronella essential oil, but only a synthetically produced scent with none of the bug deterring benefits.
Some old candles or block wax + citronella oil + recycled food containers + a few tools = homemade citronella candles. Keep them buggies away with your own DIY citronellas, which, apparently, are only basic wax candles scented with citronella oil, a plant-based insect repellant, from a species in the lemongrass family.
1. old wax candles, or wax from a craft store
3. container for melting wax
They just coming, and coming, and coming...
- Try a sprinkling of food grade ofDiatomaceous Earth.
- Spread some black pepper over their entrance/exit,
- Add some baby powder to infected areas.
- Lay down some bay (laurel) leaves.
- Make a homemade Ant Spray.
- Feed them Cream of Wheat.
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I can't bear to turn on the AC yet, despite the 90-degree afternoons, so often, our doors are wide open to elements. And with the breezes comes the bugs, and lately we've been visited by some decidely complex looking creatures that my Biology-teacher mother didn't teach me as a kid.
Enter WHAT'S THAT BUG.COM, a charming database dedicated to, you guessed it, all your entymological inquiries, and some beautifully photographed from the insect world.
I had used soapy water as a pesticide for indoor plants, but a few years ago, while kvetching about an outdoor infestation of box elder bugs (an example of the nasty things is pictured above), my next door neighbor Buzz, a retired bricklayer and WWII vet, suggested I use the stuff to tackle my buggy problem.
Any liquid dishwashing soap will work. Simply mix a couple of teaspoons to a gallon of water and hose the little bastar ...I mean, buggers. I...