Natural remedies to ward off insects?

Bugs are essential to the ecosystem—spiders do their part and eat mosquitoes and other bugs—nonetheless, they can quickly become pests that you’re trying to ward off at all costs.

 
Instead of using harmful chemicals that may be toxic to your family, pets or garden, you can try more natural remedies of dealing with these creepy crawlers to help repel rather than kill them.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as the West Nile Virus and Heartworms, but you can combat these pesky insects by putting Bladderworts in your pond or lake. These purple or yellow flowered plants are carnivores, so they eat a variety of small insects including mosquitoes. If you’re worried about these pesky bugs biting your dogs while their outside in the pen, wash the doghouse with salt to repel them. Epsom salt can also be sprinkled onto your bulb plants to protect them from cutworms.
Wasps and bees are difficult to manage. Whether you’re allergic or not, it’s best to avoid bites and stings. However, if they are making nests outside your home, you need to act fast before they take over. Combing 1 liter of water and 10-20 drops of peppermint essential oil can prevent them from continuously building near your door. It’s best to apply this solution during the winter or evening hours, because you will be less at risk for getting stung. These insects are important to pollination, so this remedy just encourages them to nest somewhere else.
One of the more obvious ways to deal with unwanted insects in your home is to keep your house tidy. Dusting and sweeping on a regular basis can make you aware of the bugs that are getting in. Holes in your screens should be patched up and any gaps in your window sills or doorways should be taken care of, because these are easy areas for insects to sneak in. Also keeping your food well contained reduces the chance that bugs will stake out your home.

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