Having Pests For Tea? Make These DIY Pest Repellent Brews With Ease
Whether its an early morning coffee date with a neighbor or a fun tea party with your grandchildren, the appearance of flying pests near your kitchen or patio table can quickly spoil the fun. If your home has a mild pest problem, you might be interested to know that you can brew your own non-toxic pest repellent spray that will ward off pests and leave only a pleasant fragrance behind. Here is what you will need along with directions for brewing and using this amazing spray.
Lavender Insect Repellent Spray
Lavender is an amazing herb that looks lovely and has an attractive smell. Many flying insects, including both houseflies and mosquitoes, are repelled by the fragrance of lavender, both as a spray, essential oil, living plants, or dried arrangements.
Assembling the ingredients
To create a convenient, non-toxic lavender spray repellent that is safe to use in your home and yard, you will need:
- a two-cup, microwave-safe measuring cup
- a clean spray bottle, one-quart size
- one-quarter cup of dried lavender or one cup freshly cut and chopped lavender
- a small strainer
To make the spray, put one cup of water in the measuring cup and microwave it for approximately two minutes, or until it is boiling. Remove from the microwave and carefully stir in the dried or fresh lavender. Immediately cover the cup with a paper towel and allow it to steep until cool.
Making the spray
Once the lavender solution has steeped and cooled, strain the liquid into a clean measuring cup, using the back of a spoon to press as much liquid out of the lavender as possible.
Pour the strained liquid into the clean, quart-sized spray bottle and then finish filling the bottle with water. Then place the spray nozzle on the bottle securely and adjust the spray until it comes out as a fine mist.
Using lavender spray
To get the best effects from using your lavender spray, thoroughly mist the perimeter of outdoor areas, like patios and porches before you plan on using them. In the home, mist window screens, and areas near doorways to deter any flying insects from trying to come inside. Because it is non-toxic and has a subtle, pleasant lavender scent, your home will have less insect activity and be fresher smelling too.
DIY insect sprays work well for minor insect problems. However, if your home suffers from a more serious infestation, the best plan is to work with a residential pest control specialist, such as Mr. Bug Killer Inc, that can design a treatment and protection plan for more permanent relief.