Category Archives: Home & Garden
Ants rarely come into your house in ones and twos, but they can infest your home in their hundreds. Getting rid of ants with natural, homemade insecticides is fairly easy and effective. In fact, killing off ants with natural ingredients not only works quickly, but it helps to look after the environment and keep your family members and pets safe.
Gnats around the home can become a real nuisance and getting rid of them can be tricky. One or two of these tiny flying creatures can turn into a large infestation of gnats if they start breeding. Gnats and fruit flies are attracted to rotten fruit in garbage bins and because of this, you will often find gnats flying around your kitchen. Gnats love to live in damp places like drains, and there is even a fungus gnat that can destroy the roots of your houseplants.
If you notice that you have small itchy spots, red rashes or blisters when you wake up, it could be a sign that you have bed bugs. These tiny little pests can infest the seams of your mattress, bed frames, box springs, and headboards. It can be a challenge to get rid of bed bugs because they are hard to detect and they multiply rapidly. Bed bugs should be destroyed as quickly as possible because they can infest other areas of your home and cause a major problem.
If your dog or cat has been scratching lately and you think they may have fleas, you can use diatomaceous earth (DE) as a natural, safe insecticide to get rid of fleas. Fleas are so tiny that they are very difficult to catch and destroy. Many chemical treatments for flea removal from the home can be harmful to your pet, your family members and the environment. The benefit of food grade diatomaceous earth is that it is safe to use around the home and is an effective home treatment for killing fleas. Diatomaceous earth powder kills fleas by causing them to dehydrate when the abrasive powder gets onto their outer shell (exoskeleton).
Sugar ants are tiny black or brown ants that love to feed on sugar and sweet food. There is a species of ant called the banded sugar ant (Camponotus consobrinus); however, many people refer to Pharaoh ants, Pavement ants, and Little black ants as sugar ants. These small insects love to invade homes where they search out sweet foods, bread, and other fatty items. Sugar ants usually get into homes through window openings, cracks under doors, and seams between baseboards. They live in dark and damp places, especially under kitchen cabinets and sink units.
Flying ants in your home can become a real nuisance because they can get into your cupboards, food, and even give you a nasty sting! It’s fairly easy and cheap to get rid of winged ants if you notice one or two flying around your house during summertime.
Where I grew up, I used to have quite a lot of frogs and toads visiting my garden (and often my home). They were not poisonous frogs and never bothered me. I actually quite liked them and they were not a problem for me. But some people find frogs problematic if there are too many of them. They become too noisy, or some people just don’t like them. So in this article I am going to explain how to get rid of frogs and how to use frog repellents to keep frogs away.
Aphids are a common pest on many plants. These pesky pear-shaped insects feed from the sap of plants, and large numbers can cause huge damage to plants. In this article I am going to share with you all the information on how to get rid of aphids and how to identify them. This article also includes a special section on how to get rid of aphids from your roses.
Epsom salts are not actually a salt. They are a pure mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. They were named after a saline spring called Epsom in Surrey, England, where they were first discovered. Most people use Epsom salt in detox baths for flushing out toxins, improving nutrient absorption and relief from pain. But did you know that you can use Epsom salt in your garden?
In some countries, mosquitoes are just annoying insects that bother people trying to enjoy a barbecue in the evening, but in other countries, they pose a serious health threat to the lives of millions. Obviously, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid getting bitten in the first place and you can do this is by using a natural mosquito repellent or by growing plants that repel mosquitoes.