Nice weather has landed! But so have the bugs. I was sitting in my living room the other day and my cats were so interested in one spot on the floor. When I investigated I realized it was a big ant and immediately shuttered at the fact that it is that time of year again! At my old apartment, I had a HUGE problem with fruit flies, I was hoping that would not transfer over to the new house but I guess bugs are everywhere regardless of where you live haha.
With two kittens and just my general hatred for chemicals, I wanted to see what all natural alternatives there are to bug repellents. It can be difficult to manage those hard to reach areas so having sprays and other formulas were ideal for my search to kill all the pests. I found wonderful recipes for all the household bugs you could possibly think of.
1. Spider Spray
This brilliant idea from Of Life & Lisa combines water, peppermint essential oil, dish detergent, and lemon essential oil into a cute little spray bottle. Apparently, spiders HATE peppermint so spraying them with this mixture is sure to make them run the other way.
2. Fruit Flies Death Trap
You have probably already head about using apple cider vinegar to get rid of those pesky fruit flies. When I was in my apartment I had swarms of them and the apple cider vinegar always seemed to make it worse! As I searched for better alternatives I found two great posts that both mention yeast being the ultimate fruit fly killer. The Real Farmhouse and Pixie Hill display two versions of incorporating yeast into your trap. The sweetness of the bread draws them in and the yeast chokes them out! Can’t wait to try this innovative trick.
3. Ant Annihilators
Just like spiders, ants hate peppermint! It doesn’t necessarily kill them but it deters them from running free throughout your home. I would recommend spraying this DIY spray in cracks and doorways, anywhere you have realized ants keep popping out from. This only calls for three ingredients (not including water); Peppermint Essential Oil, Witch Hazel, and some cute Glass Spray Bottles
Another great ant killing recipe from Mom 4 Real is the insect version of quicksand. Combing borax, water, and sugar to create a gel-like substance. Place it in a shallow bowl and watch the ants die…wow that was morbid, Tayla. Ant’s love the sugar but hate the borax.
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4. House Flies Bug Repellant
House flies are the absolute worst. They fly around your face and food with zero cares in the world and personally just get on my nerves. With the exception of hunting them down with a fly swatter, I assumed there was not much we could do during the summer months. Until now! All you need is a sweet apple (I have also seen this with a lemon) and some cloves. Stick the cloves into the apple, set it and forget it. The flies enjoy the sweet apple but aren’t big fans of cloves. My only concern is leaving fruit out might work against the fruit fly issue.
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5. Mosquito Madness
Having a patio is amazing until mosquito season hits! I actually enjoy the scent of citronella but buying a supply of candles so you don’t get stuck in mosquito hell can get a little expensive. I found this great all-natural alternative from Tip Hero. The important ingredients to this are Lemon Eucalyptus oil which is the main deterrent for mosquitos. I have actually seen this oil in all natural bug sprays as well. Add some rosemary, lemons, limes, water and a floating tea light to create a pretty and effective mosquito repelling candle.
Always be aware of the ingredients your fur babies (and actual babies) can and cannot digest to make sure that all these options are safe. Overall, these are amazing alternatives to the chemical based repellents that are stocked on store shelves. As the summer months come rolling in follow me on Instagram as I check to see if these work in real life! Do you have a secret bug repelling tip?! Share it with us in the comments below!