Natural Bug Remedies
Tuesday, July 27th 1999, 12:00 am
News On 6
Back to nature usually means back to the bugs, but sometimes pesticides are worse than pests. So here are a few natural formulas for ridding your home of these
Keep bushes and lawns clipped. Overgrown yards are a haven for small pests.
Dump or mop up any standing water. It is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
A small amount of cider vinegar rubbed onto the skin will help to repel mosquitoes.
Pennyroyal, an herb, may be sewn or wrapped into a bandanna and tied around your favorite furry friend. It's a natural flea repellent. You can purchase pennyroyal at a health food store or grow it yourself.
A concoction of lime juice, water, crushed bay leaves and a small amount of table salt eliminates cockroach problems. Here's the recipe:
In blender, combine:
Juice of two limes
One cup water
3 bay leaves
Teaspoon table salt
Process till smooth. Apply to roach source and problem areas with spray bottle.
* If silverfish have invaded your kitchen, lightly dust cupboards and drawers with a thin layer of cinnamon.
If you're seeing ants around your home, here are a few natural remedies. Wipe down ant-infested counters and other problem areas with distilled white vinegar. Or, zap ants with a spray solution of water and a spoonful of dishwashing liquid. If you can determine the source of ants' entry to your home, wipe or spray ammonia around the area.
Treat the legs of tables with an ant repellant, or set table legs in small containers of water to keep ants from joining your next picnic.
By spreading a mixture of sugar, baking yeast and molasses on a 3 x 5 card, you can make a non-toxic ant trap. Place the cards, syrup side up, where ants travel. Ants will be attracted to the card and stick to it. Discard and replace when needed.
Another ant remedy is made of equal parts of red pepper and sugar. Sprinkle it where ants travel.
Repel garden pests with a solution of vinegar, water and a squirt of dish soap mixed with hot peppers, garlic, pureed in a blender. Here's how to make it:
Combine these ingredients in bowl of blender and blend until smooth.
2 cups white vinegar
4 cups water
1/4 cup fresh or dried hot peppers (red pepper flakes, anaheim, jalapeno, scotch bonnet, etc.)
whole head of garlic. Don't bother peeling.
Add 3 tablespoons dish soap and blend for just one or two pulses of blender.
Apply with spray bottle.
Fresh kitty litter sprinkled around your garden repels slugs. A mixture of honey and water may also do the trick; spray around tender plants.
A soap spray is one of the best ways to rid houseplants of aphids. Grate half a bar of soap (Ivory works well) and blend with 1/2 gallon of water. Just spray this mild solution on plants. Be sure to use soap and not detergent.
Prevent bugs from hatching in dry goods, like flour and other grains, by freezing unopened packages for 24 hours. These tiny eggs are a natural part of harvesting and manage to stay intact throughout processing. Freezing kills any eggs that might be in the bag.
Placing bay leaves on panty and cupboard shelves can help keep them bug-free. A bay leaf in your flour can help prevent weevils.
To catch a wasp in your house, just spritz him with a water mister. The water will weigh his wings down and make him easier to catch and remove.
So instead of reaching for pesticides, try these few tips for mixing up a natural solution to your pest problem.