With the rains come in the bugs, mosquitoes and flies. With the dampness in the air, it is pretty much a breeding ground for bugs and insects to spread the infection. Instead of opting for the chemical laden solutions available in the market, we’ve listed 7 natural ways to keep bugs away from your home this monsoon. You won’t ever go back to chemical bug sprays again! Plus these are super easy and effective solutions!
7 Ways to keep Bugs Away from your Home this Monsoon
1. Use natural cleaning methods
Insects and bugs love dirty places! Whether you are mopping the floor or using a repellent spray, you need to use products that work in the long run. I love to use the mop liquid by Strategi Herbals. I have been using it for over 2 years now and I love not just the fragrance but the fact that it contributes to keeping my home insect free. I combine it with the Mosquito repellent spray and the vaporiser and I am pretty much set to having an insect free home.
2. Use Fresh Herbs
We all know the benefits of having your home garden, including enjoying pesticide free food as well as cutting down on grocery costs. But did you know that your little kitchen garden could also rid you of pests? Herbs like garlic, mint, basil and rosemary help to repel annoying bugs of many kinds, since they don’t like the smell. So if you haven’t done it yet, go ahead and grow some herbs on your window sill – it’s a win-win situation for you.
3. Make your own Vanilla Insect Spray
Vanilla is a beautifully pleasant smell for us humans, but the bugs hate it! So making your own vanilla insect spray will help keep the pests away while making your home smell heavenly. Mix equal parts natural vanilla extract and water in a spray bottle and spray around the home. You may have to reapply at regular intervals.
4. Go for White Vinegar
We’ve already seen how vinegar can come in super handy when cleaning your home naturally, but it can also repel insects like ants & spiders! Just pour equal amount of white vinegar with water in a spray bottle and directly spray on places that tend to have cobwebs all the time. Need a fragrance? Add a few drops of your favourite diffuser oil to it. You can also use it to wipe down on surfaces to prevent ants – the strong smell tends to put them off.
5. Crush Bay Leaves
Here’s an unexpected kitchen ingredient that can turn away a common kitchen enemy – bay leaves! Cockroaches can’t stand bay leaves for some reason. So gather a handful of leaves, crush them to a powder and sprinkle in strategic positions around your home. Don’t forget open drains, the kitchen sink, holes in the floor or walls, or pretty much anywhere!
6. Place Cucumbers Everywhere
We’re not sure why, but most pests hate cucumbers. Since this is an easily available vegetable that won’t put a dent in your grocery budget, make the most of this dislike and slice up cucumbers and place them everywhere! Flies, ants, mosquitoes – all seem to be repelled by cucumber. Replace the slices when necessary – remember the first point about maintaining a clean home!
7. Use Camphor
Camphor is a very good insect repellent. Place camphor in a diffuser and light a tea candle and let your home smell great and get insect free. You can use camphor directly in the diffuser or add some water in the differ well and add a few pellets of camphor in it and light a tea candle.
These are really simple and effective ways to keep bugs away from your home this monsoon. Not only are they inexpensive, but also eco-friendly. They won’t burn a hole in your pocket unlike the expensive solutions that may be laden with chemicals. The good part is that all the ingredients are readily available and needless to say that when you choose natural options, you gain more in terms of health, money and eco-friendliness! Do you have any natural and effective ways to keep bugs away from your home this monsoon? Share your tips with me in the comments!