With summer, inevitably, comes the bugs…..and lots of them.
Luckily, though, there are some safe and effective ways to beat them away without exposing your family to harsh chemicals.
Provided to me by a friend, here are some great herbal and natural remedies:
Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don’t have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.
Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.
Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you’ve spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate
Mosquitos are rampant in Texas and they are expecting a higher rate of the West Nile carrying species this year. Good thing I have a garden! Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs but not only for cooking, but as it grows it repels mosquitoes. Try planting it around your patio or any area that you use in the evenings to keep the air smelling fresh and the mosquitoes on someone else’s property. An additional herb is the basil plant. Ours has taken off in the Texas heat after having planted it only 1 month ago. Used in my spaghetti sauce, it is also a natural fly and mosquito deterrent.
Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection
Finally, there is citronella. Did you know it was a plant? Me either! Another small plant that I planted aside from my herbs that has done remarkably well in the heat! We are most familiar with citronella candles and sprays, but why not simply plant them around the living areas of your outdoor spaces 😀
Keep you and your family bug-free and safe together at the same time!
Additional References: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/herbs-deter-flies-naturally.htm