Summer is here, and with summer comes my least favorite group of creatures--bugs.
There's a long list of critters that I hate, hate, hate! Spiders, centipedes, cockroaches, flies, ants--I can tolerate them outside, but when they get inside my house, I am not a happy Mrs. Scrimp.
Unfortunately, ants and flies have both arrived in our house--mainly in the kitchen. Our kitchen has a door that leads into the back steps and then right out into the driveway, so it's not really a surprise, but it definitely is an annoyance.
The problem is, I refuse to even let chemical insectisides into my house. So, what's to be done? Well, I did some poking around online and have some ideas.
Natural Insect Pest Control informs me that ants hate cucumbers. Who knew that laying cucumber slices down on my counter could potentially repel ants? Crushed mint leaves or crushed cloves were also recommended.
Flies also apparently dislike cloves and mint (as well as bay and eucalyptus). The website recommends making a sachet of these out of cheesecloth and hanging it in windows and doors.
Apartment Therapy's article on Household Pest Control also suggests cucumbers and mint for ants and flies respectively. They also recommend powdered garlic and/or pepper sprinkled around the house as an all-purpose bug repellent.
I think that, based on what I currently have in my house, I'm going to give the bay and cloves a shot. I've got some fresh bay sitting in my fridge that I haven't been using and I think it'll look really pretty hanging in the window.
There's something so Medieval (in a good way!) about the idea of hanging fresh herbs all through the house to achieve a result other than mere decoration. I'm going to give it a try today and update y'all as soon as I know how it works.