It is springtime and like it or not, we are all going to deal with the little critters that will find us both inside and outside our homes. Let’s look at some ways to reduce the impact of a few of them on our warm weather enjoyment.
The Center for Disease Control says oil of lemon eucalyptus is an effective, natural mosquito repellent. Products containing the oil are widely available at discount retailers like Target and Walmart and also can be purchased online.
Prevention is the best preventative. Put one drop of rose geranium oil between your dog’s shoulder blades and one at the top of the base of the tail or two drops directly on the collar.
Wipe food containers and shelves with white vinegar and then place bay leaves inside the canisters and cupboards.
Vinegar keeps ants from entering your home by overpowering the scent they would use to follow other ants’ footsteps. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and squirt in places that are likely to attract ants, such as the area around pet food bowls and other food sources.
Listen to the experts. Do not attempt to remove a bee swarm yourself says the American Beekeeping Federation. Do an Internet search for your local area or state’s beekeeping association to find a beekeeper (or better yet call PEARSON PEST CONTROL!) who can remove the bees without killing them.
These black, sometimes bigger than expected, most times scary looking, noisy insects are usually found in cooler areas of your home such as the basement. They can be hard to catch so try setting glue traps and let them jump themselves to their own demise.
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