The QuickBooks Gal: Natural Bug Repellents

Summer is in full swing! The weather is heating up and the bugs are coming inside.

You have probably noticed a decent amount of spiders, flies, mosquitoes and other creepy crawlers either at your business or in your home. Here are some natural DIY bug repellents to spray around your business and home!


Mosquitoes:
Citronella candles are the best bet when it comes to this pesky guys. You can grab them at any grocery store.

There are also plants that Mosquitoes hate. You can plant these around your backyard or surround your restaurant patio with these plants
Lemon Balm, Catnip, Marigold, Lavender, Rosemary, and Geranium 

A good DIY spray is: 1/2 teaspoon of citronella, 1/2 Cup distilled water,
1/2 Cup witch Hazel. Put them in a spray bottle, shake it up and viola! You have a natural bug repellent spray! 


Spiders:
Spiders HATE peppermint. So anything with peppermint oil will do the trick!
You can add water  and peppermint oil to a spray bottle and spray around cracks, doors and windows. Make sure the water smells super minty!

Ants:
Blogger patriciaspatchwork has created the perfect DIY ant poison! 
1  cup sugar
3  Tablespoons of boric acid
3  cups warm water 
cotton balls and a cap of a medicine bottle 

mix the sugar and boric as well as possible then slowly add the water.
When you are ready to use it put a cotton ball in the cap of your choosing. Use a spoon to fill the cap with the solution you made. Make sure the cotton ball is a little damp. 
Put the cab where you are having problems, it may take a few days for the ants to decide if they want to check it out but once they do they will drink as much of the liquid as possible and they will return to their nest and die. 

Flies:
Flies are just annoying. Especially if you own a restaurant. Here is a great DIY repellent that is kind of weird to think about.

Grab a ziploc bag, can be a sandwich bag or a gallon size, Fill it with water and add a few pennies, Hang it around the roof of the patio or above your doors. For some reason it works!



Bees:
Grab a spray bottle and fill it half and half with water and pine sol. Spray it around the areas you don't want the wasps or bees to be and your done! 




These repellents are perfect for your home and your business!

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