6 ways to deal with pests naturally this spring

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Spring is the season of reinvigoration. As humans, we emerge from our winter shelter in search of warmer weather, long days and nights, a flourishing garden and an abundance of fresh produce.

However, spring is also the season for insects to invade the front and back gardens, along with the rest of the home. Rather than letting insects spoil a dinner party or take your fruit bowl hostage, there are steps you can take.

By embracing the use of essential oils and key vegetables and herbs, you can ensure that your home becomes a haven once more. All of which affords you the peace of mind and comfort to enjoy everything the spring months have to offer.

6 natural pesticides to use this spring

One of the greatest things about spring is actually being able to go outside and enjoy the great outdoors. However, this excitement can be quickly tempered by an insect bite on the skin or ants crawling through your picnic food.

While there are chemical repellents that can be used, natural pesticides are just as effective. This is because natural repellents can mask the smell of carbon dioxide from our breath and the scent of our skin. This in turn works to interrupt an insect’s instinctual responses to prey.

By employing a range of different tools, you can combat an insect infestation. However, it’s important to remember that your first line of defence is effective doorway and window protection.

You can leave out all the essential oil and herbs in the world and an insect will still fly right through an open door or window. To ensure a seamless entertaining or everyday living experience, harness the use of fly screens as another way to protect your home from insects.

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1. Essential Oils

There are a myriad of essential oils that can be used on their own or in conjunction with each other to fight pests. Firstly, citronella and other citrus based oils are known to repel everything from mosquitoes and fleas to mites and flies.

Secondly, thyme essential oil can also be used. However, before putting drops around the house, this essential oil will need to be diluted. Dill essential oil will also need to be diluted, however, it is effective when it comes to repelling cockroaches.

Lavender essential oil is another great repellent. Importantly, lavender can also be applied on the skin without having to dilute it in water. This is an effective tactic as lavender has a lovely aroma.

2. Herbs

Fragrant herbs are a cook’s best friend. They are also a homeowner’s best friend. While herbs make meals more flavoursome, they also work to repel insects due to their strong fragrances.

Herbs such as basil, mint and lemongrass work wonders. Bay leaves, in both fresh and dried form are also effective. Best of all, these herbs are easy to grow, ensuring that you always have a supply of natural bug repellent!

3. Vinegar

Vinegar, especially white vinegar, can be particularly useful when it comes to deterring insects. This is because, when ants move along a space, they leave a trail of pheromones behind as a signal to other ants.

This signal means that, even though you might contain the original infestation, other ants can follow the scent and mount another attack. However, this scent can be destroyed through the use of vinegar and thus deters other insects.

4. Cucumbers

Everyone in life has objects or food that they just don’t like. When it comes to ants, they don’t like cucumbers. In fact, it is said that ants, along with moths, mites and even silverfish have a natural aversion to cucumbers.

With this in mind, take to leaving a few slices, along with the skin peels near entrances to your home and garden. However, make sure to replace these cucumber scraps every so often as rooting food is known to attract pests of a different variety.

5. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring substance that works to purify water, detox the body, improve bone density and remove toxins from the skin, However, this substance also has insect repellent properties.

Often in the consistency of powder, when ingested by insects, Diatomaceous Earth essentially dries out the external layer of an insect’s skin, which, in turn, causes it to dehydrate and later, die.

6. Home-made repellent

Another great natural pesticide is homemade spray for skin and surfaces. For a safe and effective topical recipe, mix lavender essential oil with witch hazel. For those looking for a recipe to spray around the home or in the yard, opt for lavender essential oil, oil of lemon eucalyptus, citronella essential oil, distilled water and white vinegar.

Natural alternatives for dealing with pests

A mosquito bite or a trail of ants slowly making their way across your outdoor dining table can prove quite annoying. However, battling with pests doesn’t have to be the reality when it comes to enjoying the warmer months and a good night sleep while letting the fresh spring breeze in your bedroom. Artilux’s retrectable fly screens have a proven track record of keeping creepy crawlies out of your home.

By relishing in the smell of essential oils, you can safely protect both your body and your home from pests. The tasteful planting of a few herbs can even work wonders. Better still, there is a certain peace of mind as all of these solutions are both natural and safe.