We love the joys of summer but not the annoying pests that come with it.  Have you ever gone to the park, the beach, or in your back yard and end up in a swat fest?!  Well hopefully these tips will help.

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Pest Control: Keeping Insects Away

Summertime can be an open invitation for creepy crawlers to nest in your cool, air-conditioned home.
If you’ve got an insect problem, or you’re looking to prevent one, you’ll need to consider how to the keep bugs at bay while protecting your family from pesticide exposure.
Preventative measures are often pesticide-free. There‘s the obvious—wipe down kitchen surfaces and take out the trash. Then there’s the not-so-obvious:

1. Fix leaky faucets, as all living creatures need water to survive.
2. Install screens on windows, drains, doors, etc., to block openings where pests may enter.
3. Also, don’t stack a woodpile against the house, as it will likely draw wood-boring pests into your home.
I always suggest using natural resources to get rid of pest, Here are a few natural solutions:
1. Kill Ants and Spiders with Vinegar and water.  Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply to any area where spiders or ants nest.  The vinegar contains acetic acid which is believed to burn and kill spiders on contact.  you can also place dishes of vinegar in corners to prevent spiders from nesting.  The odor alone repels them.
2. Gnats and Fruit Flies. Pour 1/2 cup of raw unfiltered warm apple cider vinegar into a glass jar, add a few drops of liquid dish soap and stir well.  cover the top of the jar with plastic wrap, poke the plastic with a toothpick to make holes for the flies to enter (or you can leave uncovered), the gnats and fruit flies will dive in.
3. Repel Mosquitos with plants or essential oils. Lemon thyme, lavender, lemon balm, basil, lemongrass, catnip, rosemary, garlic and marigolds.

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you may have to use pesticides to deal with an existing infestation.  If so, take care to use them properly and in the right quantity.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends researching the appropriate pesticide, reading the label carefully, using the right amount as directed, and storing/disposing of pesticide properly.

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Enjoy the outdoors, protect yourself with natural resources first.

Until Next Time,

Nicole – your healthy living change agent 🙂

Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach


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