So, we’re on the countdown to summer, and we all know what that means: the bugs come out! Let’s be honest. Bugs are a nuisance that we learn to live with in Australia. But, you don’t have to put up with them in your home. And you certainly don’t have to rely on strong chemicals to keep them away. Here are some natural ways to keep your home insect-free:
1. Keep your home clean
We’ve all had those occasions where we’ve left the dinner dishes out overnight and regretted it! The truth is, leaving food scraps, and even just small crumbs behind are enough temptation to bring unwanted critters out of hiding. The cleaner you keep your home, the less inviting it is for pests.
2. Plant herbs at entry points to your home
This is an interesting one. Certain herbs do a great job at repelling insects, like mosquitoes and flies. Those herbs include citronella, catnip, rosemary, basil and garlic. It’s the pungent ones that do the job!
3. Get rid of standing water
Make sure there is no standing water like you’d find in empty pot plants or buckets left out in the yard. Mosquitos like to breed in and around stagnant water, so this eliminates their attraction to your home.
4. Plant mint and parsley to repel wasps
Wasps are an insect you really don’t want around your home, especially if you have children. Planting mint and parsley in your garden beds or pot plants is believed to keep wasps away.
5. Use a natural bug repellent
Rather than use an insect repellent which contains highly-toxic DEET, we suggest using a natural alternative to protect your family. Essential oils such as citronella are contained in our Bug Another Organic Personal Insect Spray to effectively repel those annoying mozzies.
Do you use any of these natural insect repellents? We’d love to hear from you!