This cure for invading ants is safe for pets, children, and the environment. When we purchased a home with an acre in Tennessee, the land and surrounding fields were covered with ant hills. The ants were not only invading ants, they were fire ants. We tried every thing from poison to bait to try to get them off our yard and in our vegetable and flower gardens. Nothing got completely rid of them and not for long.
Get rid of those nasty fleas the healthy, natural way! Make an easy homemade flea repellent for your home with a few simple, inexpensive ingredients you most likely have on hand.
I’ve been feeling a little bugged lately. Sounds familiar?
First, we got those pesky aphids all over the garden. Then, “something” ate the strawberries –whole berries evaporated in the night time. Now, I got ants!
Luckily, I have a secret weapon in my cleaning cabinet that will make them disappear in no time.
Spring has finally arrived. time to get outside and do some spring cleaning and a few chores. Spring around here brings bugs. I mean crawling yucky bugs like ants and other unwelcome critters. No worries though, I use diatomaceous earth for organic pest control.
The ants are invading, the ants are invading! Well, they aren't now, but they did try. Every single spring, out of nowhere, they show up in a thin little line from the back door into our kitchen. I don't like using chemicals in our home, so I started making my own Ant Deterrent Spray that works like a charm and smells good too! No nasty chemicals or ants!
Here’s a really useful eco-friendly trick to get of fruit flies. I hate fruit flies. Actually, I hate any bug that comes into my home, but fruit flies are the worst. Obviously, the first step to getting rid of them is to find the rotting fruit or vegetable and dispose of it, but sometimes those fruit flies just keep sticking around (and they multiply!). So when they wouldn't go away, I used apple cider vinegar and dish soap. I also used this great trick to get rid of the fruit flies from my veggie patch, so this trap works outdoors too.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
These nasty little creatures drive me nuts! Hubby read in his "Handy Dandy Cure for Everything Book" how to get rid of them. Get a small glass (mine are small candle holders), mix Apple Cider Vinegar (I had only red wine Vinegar and it worked), 2 drops dish washing liquid, mix well. Set away from where people gather and it draws them-notice flies sitting on rim. The light colored jar is what I poured out of my jar where I soak white raisins in gin (cheap gin) and take a couple tablespoons of raisins a day for aching joints. (Does this old home remedy work on your joints? Don't know, but I think the gin helps...HA! And the flies love it!)
FYI...I seem to get these only in the summer. The "Book" says they are brought in with plants and fruit. That seems logical.
Spiders. If that word sends shivers down your spine, you’re not alone. According to a recent BrightNest poll, 85 percent of people Hate spiders with a capital H. But just because the eight-legged arachnids aren’t welcome in your home doesn’t mean they’ll always stay away.
If you have an extra kind heart, even towards insects, this humane bug catcher allows you to move them safety from your home while not causing any harm. There are many more detailed photos on my site link at the bottom including a video on how to use it. (Works best for spiders, beetles and crawling things.)
Now that I understand the potential for harsh chemicals to do harm to myself and my family, I continue to seek out natural alternatives when it comes to pest control.This DIY ant trap works every time!
Mix 1 Tlbs. sugar with 1 Tbls hot water and add 1/2 tsp of borax. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place in ant infested area. I use a mason jar lid.
It is ant season again! As soon as the weather starts to heat up, and particularly after a warm rainy day, ants decide that indoors is a good place to be. Sure, you can kill ants with various home remedies, but are there are lots of other things that you can do to keep ants out of the house? Fortunately, the answer is YES and most of them are natural remedies or simple tips!
Ticks are everywhere here in Tennessee, so much so that our Chickens can’t seem to keep up with them, though I’m sure they give it their best. So if you live around us or in an area where ticks are living, it pays to know an easy and safe way to remove them.
If you’re not already convinced, we have a friend who recently made a trip to the ER to find out that he is now allergic to the meat of mammals because of a tick bite.
On with the removal procedure....
I don't know about you, but this time of year the fruit flies are out in full force at our house. To me they are one of the most annoying bugs, and they seem to multiply like bunnies! Apparently female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time and their life spans are 40-50 days, during which time they can lay several 500-egg batches. No wonder they are so hard to get rid of!
It's that time of the year again. Every July (it doesn't even start in June), the kitchen has tons of fruit flies. I thought I would share this quick solution that I've seen results in.
One of the most common household pests, Pavement Ants are dark brown to blackish, about 1/8 inch long. Pavement Ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. Indoors, pavement ants nest in walls, insulation and under floors. They can quickly infest structures, becoming a nuisance. Pavement ants eat almost anything, including bread, meats, cheese, honey, nuts, grease and other insects. Pavement Ant prevention tips include: 1) Eliminate standing water. Ants are attracted to moisture. 2) Keep trees, branches & plants cut back away from the house. They can use these to get into your home. 3) Seal up any cracks or little openings around the house, inside & out. Ants can come in through the smallest of cracks. 4) Store all firewood and building materials away from the home. They like to nest in stacks of wood. 5) Last but not least, keep the home clean. Do not leave any food laying around or dishes in the sink overnight. Sweep/Vacuum floors to pick up food particlues, empty trash cans daily and wipe all surfaces down that had contact with food/water.
In the summer, we spend a lot of time outside. We live on a farm, so there are a lot of mosquitoes, flies, and other bugs. We have a few ponds on the property, so we can barely sit outside without having to swat mosquitoes all evening! I used to burn citronella candles, but they kept tunneling because I didn't burn them long enough for the wax to melt. I decided to make wax melts so I can burn them for as long as we need them, whether it be half an hour or several hours.
Every year I hang 2 baskets in the arches of my porch. Every year the birds destroy the first basket and never touch the second one...it seems this year is going to be no different!
I went out to water them just before dawn and found that it looked like the first one was wilting. I shook the basket to make sure there was no bird inside and then reached down into the center of the flowers to find that Momma Bird had already created a depression in the dirt in preparation of moving in!
It was 52 degrees when I got up, making this the perfect season to enjoy my porch! But Momma Bird makes sure we are not welcome! I don't know why I don't just clean off the porch furniture and forget trying to make it pretty. After all, it is not visible from the street...
Trying to avoid hazardous chemicals in your home? Diatomaceous earth is 100% natural and can be used in a multitude of ways including pest control, personal care, pet care and much more!
Moths are like the Honda Civic of the bug world. They’re everywhere. When the drab, brown cousins of butterflies invade your space, you may be tempted to swat, and then get instantly frustrated when they fly just out of your reach. There’s a better way!
Here’s how to vacuum those little buggers up and out of your life. All you need is a vacuum with a detachable hose.