Keeping Pests Away From Your Home

Don’t you just hate it when ants (not aunts) show up at the dinner table as uninvited guests? How about when flies decide to use your hamburgers as runways and your baked beans as breeding grounds…it really bugs me out!

How To Beat The Pants Off Those Ants:

Vinegar - Wash countertops, cabinets, and floor with equal parts vinegar and water to deter ant infestations.
Flour & Borax - Mix 1 cup flour and 2 cups borax in a 1-quart plastic jug. Punch holes in the jug lid. Sprinkle the contents around the house foundation. Keep borax out of the reach of children and pets.

You can also use bone meal, powdered charcoal and lemon. Set up barriers where ants are entering. They will generally not cross lines of bone meal or powdered charcoal. If you can find a hole where ants are entering into your house, squeeze the juice of a lemon in the hole or crack. Then slice up the lemon and put the peeling all around the entrance.

Spearmint, Southern-wood, & Tansy - Growing these plants around the border of your home will deter ants and the aphids they carry.

Say Bye-bye To The Flies:

Prevention - Keep your kitchen garbage tightly closed. You should also clean your garbage cans thoroughly with detergent. After the cans are washed and have dried, sprinkle dried soap and borax. This will act as a fly repellent, they hate that stuff!

Orange - Scratch the skin of an orange and leave it out; the citrus acts as a repellent.

Cloves - Hang clusters of cloves to repel flies.

Mint or Basil - Mint planted around the home repels flies. Keep basil well watered from the bottom so that it produces a stronger scent.

Sugar & Corn Syrup - Make your own flypaper by boiling sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Place the mixture onto brown paper and hang or set out.

Mosquito Control:

Prevention - Encourage natural predators such as dragonflies or praying mantises.

Eliminate - Pools of stagnant water. Avoid wearing heavy perfumes, bright colors, flowery prints, and bright jewelry. These items attract mosquitoes.

Citronella - Burn citronella candles to repel those nasty buggers!

Tansy or Basil - Plant tansy or basil around the patio and house to repel mosquitoes.

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