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10 Easy Chemical-Free Ways To Repel Insects Naturally!

  • Aastha Shah
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With the rainy season brings a lot more of our tiny friends into the house, we need to be prepared to keep the unwanted ones away. Here are some delightful easy and natural remedies to keep the insects away without hurting them.

1. Citrus Peels

Before tossing your orange peels carelessly into the trash, bundle them up in a thin cloth and rub down your furniture with their pleasantly scented extracts. Spiders are averse to citrus enzymes, and besides keeping these eight-legged creatures well out of the way, this remedy also makes for great natural polish for your furniture!

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2. Lemon-Eucalyptus

Oils of this constitution are as effective, if not more, than strong chemical repellants. They have none of the strong smell of insecticides that drive many to headaches and clogged throats, but have, on the contrary, soothing, balm-like wafts that act as an air cleanser.   

3. Garlic

Here’s an excuse to indulge your taste-buds. Eating lots of garlic helps generate a particular peculiar secretion that mosquitoes are able to sense, and makes them steer clear of you. Quite a sweet escape for those of us who hate sticky creams and sprays. Given of course, that you find a way to battle the garlic breath!

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4. Vinegar

Ants don’t dig acetate. Punch some needle-holes into the cap of your vinegar bottle, and spray the solution in and around the ant-trails and holes in your house for an almost immediate effect. However, beware of carpets and other sensitive surfaces, ants aren’t the only things averted by vinegar.

5. Baby Powder

It’s time to whip out the sweet smelling baby powder if you have too many wasps and bees buzzing around your garden that boldly trespass your home. Preferably, scatter little pools of it on your window-sill so the wind can catch it and swirl about this scent to distract the drones.

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6. Build Your Own Mosquito Trap

Here’s a DIY, organic replacement to our everyday mosquito coil.  You’ll need a modest supply of everyday materials and all of five minutes on hand to get this trap assembled. Gather the following:

  • An empty 2 litre Coca-Cola bottle

  • A boiling mixture of yeast + brown sugar + water

  • Duct tape

Cut and place the neck of the bottle upside down as shown in the illustration. Pour in the boiling mixture and secure the structure with duct tape. The yeast works on the sugar liberating carbon-dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes by the dozen.

The only possible downside this contraption might have is that it can be easily knocked over, and cleaning out the sticky syrup might be an ordeal. So leave your trap in a corner of the room to see how effective it is. And if you manage to execute this task, release the insects into their natural habitat far away from home.

7. Soya-Bean Oil

Everyone who spends time in the kitchen would be pleased to hear that soya-bean oil is, in fact, a spectacular mosquito repellant. Most commercially available organic mosquito repellents contain soya extracts, and even a few plain oil droplets will successfully keep away mosquitoes for a good hour and a half.

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8. Light Games

Here’s another chemical-free tactical approach to eliminating insects without the spray cans, organic or otherwise. Simply wait until twilight, and open your door or window once the bugs hoard to and crawl across the inside of your pane. According to researchers, some of the wave frequencies in the sunlight at twilight are enormously attractive to flies, and they fly towards this instinctively.

Besides the wait, it’s a wonderfully clean, non-violent way to get the job done.

9. Nailpolish

Yes, just open a large bottle of your Lotus Herbals Nail Enamel and most dusk-time insects will fly to the ceiling, making them an easy target. Make sure you turn the fan off and arm yourself with a newspaper to drive away these insects gently!

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10. Vodka

Believe it or not, flies simply cannot bear the smell of vodka. Throw together some vodka, lemon-eucalyptus oil and aloe-vera extract in a spray can shake well with a little water to add volume, and spray it on your skin or on the surfaces of fly infested zones.

You might want to avoid direct contact if your skin is overly sensitive, but besides this one minor hazard, the vodka concoction is absolutely effective!

AUTHOR

Aastha Shah

Studying in Goa, nature and animals have always been a constant source of inspiration for me. My love for writing, traveling, and dogs keeps getting bigger and better.

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