Once the summer months roll around, you’re in for fun, sun, and dozens of annoying pests that come out of hiding!
The solution? Get those pests under control.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most effective DIY tips for your home pest control routine, so you can start preparing for the summer today.
Do you have flies buzzing around your home? Did you know that honey could be a great solution?
Flies love sugar, and since they don’t weigh much, when they land on a patch of honey for a quick snack, they have a high chance of getting stuck.
To make this DIY fly funnel trap, first put a generous portion of honey (1/3 of a cup or so) in a cup or mug. Then roll a piece of paper into a funnel, in order to lead the flies into the fresh honey. Once the flies find their way in, they will have a difficult time making it out, and the flies will soon die.
Mosquitoes are easily the most annoying summer pests. These insects leave an itchy bite and commonly carry diseases. The American Mosquito Control Association recommends a fan, bug lights and loose-fitting clothing to avoid these tiny terrors.
Use a fan to ventilate outdoor areas around your home, especially during dawn and dusk, as those are the hours that mosquitoes are the most active. Mosquitoes are weak flyers, so a fan can easily push them off track, while bug lights can handle the more persistent buggers.
If you don’t want pests in your home, you definitely don’t want them in your garden. Using pesticides to wipe them out can be dangerous for you and your family, since they are packed full of chemicals that aren’t safe for ingestion. A better option is using a natural solution to get rid of garden pests. Mix up the ingredients below for a family friendly defense against pests:
- 1 ½ tablespoons of liquid (biodegradable soap)
- 1 quart of water
- A couple of drops of orange or lemon essential oil
This mixture eats away at the skin, or exoskeleton, of aphids, mites, whiteflies, mealy bugs and other common garden pests.
Keep the fun going this summer by effectively taking care of those pests!