Are you tired of spraying bugs in the kitchen? Do you need natural, home-made solutions to help you out?
For many homeowners, summer is an especially trying time because of the heat and the bugs.
The bathroom and kitchen are the two places in the house that bugs love festering in. It isn’t easy to keep the kitchen clean all the time especially when the tiny invaders approach in dozens and scores.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an alarming 800,000 children are taken to the emergency room every year because of accidental poisoning. Sadly, approximately 30 of these children die.
You don’t have to use toxic means to get rid of bugs.
We present to you the top five easiest and natural ways to handle bugs in the kitchen.
Flypaper has been around for many years now, and with due reason – it works! This is a smart way to eliminate tiny flying bugs in house. It’s easy to setup and hardly needs any maintenance except removing the paper once a few bugs have been caught. So how does the paper actually work?
Flying insects land on the sticky, alluring coating and are immobilized and can’t move. This is an easy and widely tested method to deal effectively with troublesome houseflies.
Another great thing about flypaper is that it can be purchased from your local market without much difficulty. You can place it anywhere you want, hang it against the wall, ceiling or window.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
No pest is as annoying as the blue-eyed summer fruit fly. It literally drives many a housewife up the wall because of its incessant buzzing noise. The problem with summer-fruit flies is that they breed at an exponential rate and grow even quicker.
Spraying chemicals in the kitchen is not advisable because a lot of household products have been shown to be carcinogenic, leading to cancer, allergies, psychological disorders and even birth disorders.
So what do you do when you have a bug situation on your hands?
You turn to the next best thing – apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is a safe product that’s also quite affordable. (Plus it has other uses around the house, so it really is a multi-purpose agent).
To effectively use this vinegar to get rid of bugs in the kitchen you’ll need to do the following:
- Take a glass jar and pour apple cider (1 inch deep).
- Mix a few drops of dish washing soap before covering the jar with a plastic wrap.
- Tighten the plastic wrapper by using a rubber band and poke some tiny holes in the wrapper.
The fragrance will attract the fruit flies and once the flies have passed through the holes in the wrapper they won’t be able to escape.
Lavender is used in many household products because of its sweet-smelling nature. Tiny bugs in house can’t ignore the fragrance of lavender and this fatal attraction becomes their downfall. All you need to do is hang a few lavender-bouquets around the house (not inside). Most of the bugs will remain outside resulting in a peaceful home.
4. Peppermint Oil
There is no need to look for synthetic pesticides when peppermint can easily repel spiders, mosquitoes, and ants. You can prepare a spray (a few drops of peppermint oil mixed with water) to get rid of the bugs. Otherwise, you can drop a few drops of peppermint oil over a cotton ball and then place the cotton ball where you find the bugs gathering the most. That’s not all, peppermint oil is also effective at keeping raccoons and mice away.
Basil features a lot in pasta sauces and on pizza. However, did you know that it is also a great mosquito and housefly repellent? Using basil to get rid of bugs in the house is simple. Just plant basil in a pot and place it in the kitchen.
Natural and Effective Methods
Thanks to these natural and effective methods, you can kiss tiny bugs in the house goodbye.
You also never have to worry about these product’s adverse effects on your health or, whether they might accidently poison your children.
It is possible to have a bug-free home.
Armed with these top five tips, we hope you’ll be better prepared to tackle your next bug infestation head on.