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Nature’s Repellents – Part 2



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The broad market for bug traps and repellents extensively relies on the use of chemical insecticides. This can greatly devalue the sought after benefits of insecticides, as the adverse effects – poison, release of volatile organic compounds, etc – tend to outweigh them.

And often, their effects are temporary, ridding you only of pests that persist presently in your home, failing to prevent future bug invasions.

Spray Repellents

Catnip Tea

While harmless to humans and pets, catnip is an effective repellent to cockroaches. This is due to its active ingredient, nepetalactone. As it is an inducer of euphoria to our feline friends, it is best if used in cat-free homes. Catnip tea, once a commonplace drink amongst , can be sprayed from a bottle to achieve similar effects.

Essential Oils

Any of the following oils can be mixed with water to create a liquid solution.

  • Peppermint Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil

Just keep the ratio at 25 drops of oil per 1 cup water. Place in a spray bottle and apply directly to the surface. Additionally, you can fill a spray bottle with soapy water and apply directly to the cockroach in question.

Fly Strips

Let strips of  brown craft paper soak in a solution of 1/4 cup syrup, 1 Tbsp white sugar, and 1 Tbsp brown sugar, having placed the solution in a shallow bowl beforehand.  When dry, pierce strips with a hole punch and hang in the affected area.

Solid Solutions

Both reliable and of a more tangible matter, these solutions can be used solely and produce results – however, they are more effective when combined as part an aggressive regime.

Boric Acid can be powdered atop counters and cabinets to deter cockroaches, who like to creep around in high places, as well as ants and other other bugs. You should keep boric acid outside of cabinets, however, and prevent its contact with children and pets.

Cucumbers are the bane of many pests’ existence, loathed by roaches, ants, and other arthropods. As mentioned in Blackle Mag’s post on Natural Pesticides, the peels of cucumbers are adequate for sending ants astray. For cockroaches, it is best to save the ends of cucumbers and tuck them away in cupboard corners and any other nook or crevice. Allow ends to remain until shriveled. Tuck away bay leaves as well, wherever the space is available. You could also make a sachet full of whole or dried leaves to place under your pillows.

Furthermore, if you are certain simply repelling a pest is not enough, clog any cracks or crevices with diatomaceous earth (D.E.). It effectively kills bugs through dehydration of the exoskeleton. D.E. can be applied in most climates but performs best in arid climates, as humidity only dampens the effects achieved through dehydration.

A clean home is still the best defense against bug invasions. By keeping your home clean, in particular your kitchen and bathroom, cockroaches and other pests are far less likely to inhabit.

Nature’s Repellents – Part 1

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