Spring and summer bring longer days and blooming gardens. But the warm weather also allows nasty pests to thrive, and fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can make spending time outdoors frustrating. Most people turn to chemicals to keep them at bay. Instead, let’s try some natural alternatives to repel them. Here are a few tips and recipes that will keep you chemical and pest free as the temperature rises.
Flea Repellant Spray
Fleas need to be kept out of the house and off your pets. Here is a simple recipe that will repel them from you and your pets.
DIY Flea Repellent
- 6 drops lavender oil
- 6 drops cedar oil
- 1 cup witch hazel
Combine the mixture in spray bottle and shake before using. Don’t work the mixture into the skin, as the smell will repel the fleas and ticks.
Flea Carpet Treatment
Salt will kill flea eggs by dehydrating them. Just sprinkle your carpet with table salt and let it sit overnight. In the morning all you need to do is vacuum. Fleas hatch every three days so you want to continue to sprinkle the salt and vacuum every day for nine days. At night, you can “catch” fleas by leaving out a small cap full of water filled with a few drops of dish soap — the soap will make it so the fleas can’t get out of the water. In the morning, all you need to do is flush ’em down the toilet.
Personal Tick Repellent
It is said that if you drink apple vinegar and eat garlic your body odor will repel ticks — and possibly your friends. Instead, you can just mix up some essential oils like lavender or rose geranium with some vodka and use the mixture as a repellent spray.
A simple repellent that works well to keep you mosquito bite free is a mixture of one cup of mouthwash and seven drops of lavender oil. It’s simple to make and works very effectively as long as you apply it every two hours. You can also try adding other plant oils such as cedar oil, peppermint oil and other plant oils.
Nature’s Mosquito Remover
Bats can seem a little scary, but they can eat HUNDREDS of mosquitoes a night. Consider investing in a bat house to attract these nocturnal creatures. The bats will work hard to keep your yard mosquito free.
Photo credit: Leslie Reichert