As summer creeps closer, all kinds of bugs creep in. Sitting on your beautiful patio and having pests all around you can become quite annoying, fast! Here are a few DIY pest control tips on how to protect against wasps, ants, fruit flies, and mosquitos.
Protection against wasps
Seal your waste bins
Wasp problems become worse when people have lots of food sources outside. Exposed garbage, recycling bins and compost makes a huge different to the population of wasps around your household. Making sure all your waste is sealed properly can prevent the number of wasps. Get help with your junk removal.
Fix cracks around your home
Sealing cracks around your house, even the tiny ones, prevent wasps and other bugs from getting inside. Patching up holes in your window screen, around windows and doors helps as well. It is best to do this around late fall and early spring. A HeyBryan local handyman can help with any of these projects.
Use fake wasp nests around your yard
Fake wasp nests are a very affordable pest control tactic. They confuse exploring wasps who are looking to build nests. By placing one outside your home in a place that can be plainly seen works best. Best to find a place near the most vulnerable parts of your home like near doors and windows.
Employ traps for pest control
You can purchase wasp traps at your local home improvement store, or you can make your own. Traps make it impossible for the wasps to climb back out again, usually luring them with sugar water or fruit juice. Hanging your traps in popular areas like your patio or garage works best.
Natural DIY wasp repellents – sprays and oils
Studies have found that peppermint oil and a mix of clove, geranium and lemongrass oil all helps repel wasps. By mixing clove, geranium and lemongrass essential oils with soap and water in a spray bottle successfully repel the wasps. Spray them outside on anywhere wasps can build nests like under eaves, porch roofs and any crevasses and ledges.
Pest control for ants
Peppermint as an ant repellent
Peppermint is a natural insect repellant. You can prevent ants by either planting mint around your home or use mint essential oil. Placing mint plant in any entryways of your home can help and putting mint essential oil on a cotton pad and rubbing it in suspected places helps repel ants.
Vinegar as an ant repellent
Making a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying it around your home in places like windowsills, doorways and other places where you see ants coming inside.
Employ ant traps
Ant traps are available in any home furnishing or improvement store. There are a variety of types. Ask a worker to help decide the best fit for your home. Place the traps next to the wall along baseboards, corners, under sinks, cabinets and plumbing fixtures. By keeping the ant trap in the same place for three months, it will keep the ants from returning.
3 DIY traps for fruit flies
To repel fruit flies remember to throw out overripe produce, store all produce in the fridge, wash produce to insure there are no eggs or larvae, take out the garbage regularly and to clean up spills (especially fruit juices or alcohol). Once you get fruit flies there is no way to get rid of them without killing them.
1. Apple cider fruit fly trap
Put a little bit of apple cider into a glass. Cover the glass with plastic wrap and secure tightly with a rubber band or tape. Poke a few small holes through the plastic wrap for the flies to enter through. They won’t be able to exit once inside.
2. Fruit and vinegar fruit fly trap
Put a little vinegar and a chunk of a very ripe fruit into a jar. Roll paper into a cone shape and place in the jar, with the narrow side down. They will be attracted to the smell of the fruit but will be unable to get out.
3. Old beer or wine fruit fly trap
Leaving a little old wine or bear in a bottle will attract the flies and it will be hard for them to get out. Also, you can add a couple drops of dish soap for greater success.
How to get rid of mosquitos
Mosquito repellent – candles
Many home improvement stores sell candles that prevent mosquitos, or you can make your own like the one above. The scent that the candle gives off are scent mosquitos don’t like. They are usually natural and great for patios in the evening.
Mosquito repellent – lemon eucalyptus
It’s a well-known repellant. By mixing one-part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel will do the trick. You can put it on any part of your body. Other oils that may work for you are lavender, cinnamon, thyme and more.
Mosquito repellent – herbs
Basil, lavender, marigold, catnip and rosemary are all plants that repel mosquitos. You can grow these in your yard or have them in the house to repel mosquitos.
Mosquito repellent -sprays
Many insect repellant companies carry personal sprays which are great if you need to leave the house or are traveling.
After reading this blog, I hope you summer experiences are a little less interrupted when it comes to these clingy critters.