Living in Florida, we have more than our fair share of bugs to deal with! I’m not fond of bugs, but I also want to limit my family’s exposure to DEET. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there to help keep bugs at bay!

Mosquitos:

Remove standing water from your yard.

When grilling, throw sage or rosemary on the coals to keep the mosquitos away.

Add 2 tsp of vanilla extract to a water-filled spray bottle.

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of water and witch hazel, then add 10 drops of essential oil. You can add more or less essential oil at your discretion. Best bets are citronella, lemon grass, lavendar or eucalyptus—mosquitos hate these scents!

Not up for making your own? Badger makes a great line of products that I really love!

Ants:

Remove food and water sources from your house to discourage ants.

For long-term nontoxic control of ants, sprinkle diatomaceous earth where ants congregate.

Roaches:

Place diatomaceous earth around cabinet tops and behind appliances.

If you don’t have children or pets, boric acid can be used. Try on top of cabinets and behind appliances. Remember it is toxic to ingest though!

 

This post is shared with Healthy Child, Healthy World!

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