Moths, mosquitoes and other bugs can be very annoying when you want to stay out of doors on summer evenings. They bite; they hover around your head and your face, get into your clothing and sometimes enter your ears and nostrils. Even if some bugs do not bite, it is still irritating when they crawl on your face, your neck, your legs or your arms. Although there are many commercial bug repellents available in the market, most of these contain chemicals that are harsh on the skin and can even cause allergic reactions. There are some ingredients that are readily available to enable you to whip up some natural bug repellent.
Mix an equal amount of rubbing alcohol and mint oil. Place the solution in a plastic spray bottle and shake it before your spray it on your skin. Spray every few hours while you are outdoors. This fresh smelling solution is very effective in keeping mosquitoes at bay. A dryer sheet is also an effective way to repel mosquitoes while you are out in the evening. Tie it around your waist and avoid getting bitten.
Plant marigolds in your garden and around your house. The pungent smell of the flowers and the leaves of this plant help in repelling mosquitoes and other insects. Marigolds are also good at repelling snails and are resistant to rabbits, deer and other rodents. Thai lemon grass is also very effective in repelling mosquitoes. Plant several pots in your garden and near your patio.
If you find plenty of ants in your garden, place cucumber slices or peels around the area where the ants are. Ants have a natural dislike for cucumbers. Use bitter cucumbers when they are available. You can sprinkle cayenne pepper, crushed dried mint leaves, coffee grounds, cinnamon, cloves or lemon juice on the path of ants.
Cockroaches do not like the smell of catnip. Make small sachets of catnip and place them in corners and areas where cockroaches are likely to hide. Kill cockroaches by spraying them with soapy water. Sprinkle boric acid on top of kitchen cabinets and other areas that cannot be reached by your pets or small children. Boric acid will be carried by the cockroaches into their nests and kill them. Bay leaves, garlic or cucumber slices will also deter cockroaches.
Crushed mint leaves, bay leaves, eucalyptus leaves and cloves are very good at driving away flies. You can also use sweet basil and clover. Place some around food and areas where flies congregate. Soak strips of cotton cloth in eucalyptus oil and hang them in doorways and windows to prevent flies from entering your house.
Repel moths from taking residence inside hard to reach areas in your house and inside your closets by making sachets of containing dried lemon peels, lavender, eucalyptus leaves or bay leaves. You can also use peppercorns, wormwood, cinnamon sticks or cloves.
Clean your surroundings to prevent bugs colonies from forming. Empty receptacles that can hold even a bit of water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Remove dead twigs and leaves from your plants and on the ground. Place waste materials that are attractive to ants and flies in covered plastic containers and throw them as soon as possible.