Summer is coming up and bugs are the biggest pests of all. It's easy to go to the store and buy the newest remedy, but they are packed full of nasty chemicals that can be harmful to you and the environment.
Natural summer pest control is safer and in most cases less expensive. I have gathered for you a few of the best natural ways to control the most common bug problems. I have tested several of these methods in the past and they have worked great!
Flies are nasty and by far one of the worst summer pests. These few natural methods of fly control will keep the flies at bay. Take some fresh dried mint and crush it up. Place a small amount in some cheesecloth, tie it off, and place the packets around your home in inconspicuous areas. Another easy way is to take cheesecloth and make little pouches that you can fill with either cloves, bay leaves, or eucalyptus leaves. Hang these pouches in doorways or windows to keep the flies out.
Mosquitoes can ruin any outdoor event. Here are some great natural ways to get rid of them. First, make sure there is no stagnant water around your home – this cuts down their reproduction rate. If you're having a cookout, throw some sage or rosemary straight onto the fire. This will repel the mosquitoes and make your meats taste great!
These unsightly creatures are by far the worst pests to run into, but they are one of the easiest to get rid of. Earwigs tend to love warm moist places. Take a rolled up newspaper, dampen it, and then close off one side with a rubber band or string. Place it in a problem area during the day and the earwigs will crawl into it as the temperature drops. In the evening close off the other end – trapping them inside. Then, you can simply toss the roll.
Pests are bad but chemicals are worse. These natural summer pest control methods will save you some money and keep chemicals out of your home. These have worked great for me in the past and hopefully they work just as great for you!
Keeping pests under control can be tough. How do you take care of summer pests in your area? Do you have any tips that you can share? Feel free to share them in the comments!