13 Ecology Ablazingly

After getting scared off by the words “toxic” and “poison” on the summer product warnings for bug repellents, I thought I’d explore my options for natural bug repellents to see what was available. First I found out that I had to eliminate the things these bugs found appealing to begin. Once I accomplished that, I was able to go forward with some of these great green insect repellents which I found effective.

Natural Ant Repellent

I never knew that ants actually leave a scented trail of themselves to let their ant families know where the food sources are. First thing to do here is to wash away that scent with a vinegar solution of ¼ vinegar, 2 cups of water, and some peppermint oil. You can also use clove, tea tree, or eucalyptus oils as well.

I had ants in my cupboard from time to time as well, until I found out about scattering cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, or cayenne on the floor of the cupboard…wow, good results with all of the above.

Grain Moth Repellent

For a while, it seemed like our kitchen and home were plagued with these guys. Then I looked up some natural remedies for this and discovered that you could put bay leaves, or cinnamon sticks in the flour or pasta containers to ward these guys off. The best part is that those spices won’t permeate the rest of the flour or pasta with their own flavors, and they work well.

Get Rid of House Flies Naturally

Sachets of bay leaves, crushed peppermint or cinnamon powder are helpful for keeping these guys at bay, but I found a fun way to involve my kids in catching these pesky bugs. We made a solution in a bowl of a combination of ¼ corn syrup, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon white sugar. Next, we cut some strips of brown craft paper and submerged them in the solution and let them dry overnight. Hang them easily by poking a small hole in one of the ends, and threading string through the hole to hang with tape or a tack.

Natural Flea Repellent 

Warm weather is flea season. One of the ways I prevent fleas from finding my pets appealing is by bathing them in cedar oil shampoo and doing that once a week through flea season. This will also work to get rid of the fleas once your pet has already gotten them. I find it works very effectively , and as a result I stay motivated to keep the baths up regularly.