The Exterminator

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

As spring nears, so do insects. Prepare by prepping for their unwelcomed visits with a few herbs and essential oils.

Ants: Use a damp sponge to wipe cabinets & sprinkle with 6 to 8 drops of  peppermint or citronella essential oil. Additionally place 3 to 5 drops of the same oil on windowsills, doorway cracks and in the corners of cabinets under the kitchen sink. The strong concentrated scent should make them wary of continuing their journey to your cereal shelf.

Centipedes, earwigs, silverfish: They like to hang out in areas that collect moisture such as basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures. So place several drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas surrounding such things. You can also add about a teaspoon to your natural cleaning solution when you’re cleaning or wiping down surfaces near the ground.

Cockroaches: These disgusting little creatures DON’T DIE, and the only thing they seem to be good for is entertainment for my cat, who used to chase them through the shampoo bottles of one of our previous homes. (Mmm, lil extra protein for kitty) Regardless, try sprinkling a mixture of washing soda and sugar in dark areas where roaches like to hide, it should help veer them off. But avoid this method if you have children or pets…Cockroaches are gross, if they’re really bad just get them out and consult an exterminator.

Mice: They can be cute and fuzzy! But when you’re reaching for a coffee mug at 7 am and one scampers by your sight of vision to hide behind a teapot, you’re probably not in the mood for cute and fuzzy. Place sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your cabinets, or make a solution of 2 cups water and 3 teaspoons of peppermint essential oil and spray it wherever you find mouse droppings.

Mites and weevils: Ew. Place a few whole nutmegs in flour containers.

Other insects: Hang a big “Bugs be Banished!” sign at your front door by placing loose bay leaves in kitchen cabinets or wherever else you find evidence of unwanted pests.

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