Seal the cracks – look out for any nooks and crannies that insects can sneak through. Window frames, electrical outlets etc. Seal them up where possible.
Helpful bugs – some insects, such as ladybugs, lacewings, praying mantis, and most spiders actually help in the fight against bugs, as they eat them for you! If you can tolerate them then this is the best, most natural option for pest control.
Birds and geckos – – Encourage birds to your garden with a feeder and birdbath, which will not only make you feel happy, it will also reduce the amount of bugs in the garden – meaning fewer crawling inside your home. You may be lucky enough to have geckos in your home depending on your location in the World. These are fantastic fly hunters and make for great entertainment as they stalk the ceiling on the prowl. They also perform a Western-style show down on the ceiling when another gecko gets too close!
Houseplants – choose to fill your home with plants that repel insects. Good choices are marigolds and thai lemongrass. This will give you the added advantage of cleaning the air of toxins. You can read more about that here.
2. Insect traps – These lure the insects away from your home, so use them away from the areas you will be spending time. Outside of your home is great. Most of these traps can be used repeatedly.
Wasps – are a very beneficial insect to have around. I know that is hard to remember when we see them act with aggression. They are territorial and will sting as many time as they can if threatened. Try hanging fake nests outside of your home as a repellant as they will often steer clear. If that fails create a bottle trap as described here.
You will need an empty, clear, 2-Liter bottle
Strong sticky tape
Sugary liquid (sugar water, soda pop, juice)
Rope or wire
Cut the top off the plastic bottle, and slather cooking oil down the insides of the bottle’s walls (this prevents crawl-outs!).
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