When flies and gnats arrive home, your little nest turns into a nightmare! But not to worry about. We give you alternatives to end flying insects.
You enjoy your home (sweet home) then suddenly a swarm of flies or gnats are rushing into your house. An inconvenience which quickly turns to obsession when you know that these little critters eat unsavory raw materials. Your First reflex: get out your anti-insects and exterminate without qualms bomb. Bad idea ! When you know that these toxins are harmful to humans, plants, the environment and your pets. So what to do?? . Check below…
Prevent the arrival of Flies and Gnats.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. So before tackling the heart of the problem, prevention methods are studied. For that, nothing beats grandmother’s tips. Starting with insect curtains, used particularly in the North India. This is a system to hang at the door which composed of more or less thick fringe that prevent insects from returning. The model with chains would be most effective.
Advantage: we have nothing to do.
Disadvantage: Not easy to find an aesthetic curtain.
If you are regularly faced the problem of flies and gnats. They you required to investment in mosquito nets, especially for windows. The ideal solution, especially in summer.
Anti-flies and gnats: preventive natural methods.
Basil is among the preventive natural methods. A smell that flies and gnats would not like. In summer, put a pot in your kitchen.
Advantage: a 100% natural method which allows to combine business with pleasure.
Disadvantage: The smell of basil depends on variety. It would not be strong enough to act as a repellent. And during the winter, it’s difficult to find basil in pots.
For a more concentrated method, use a few drops of essential oil of basil (to avoid if you are pregnant and / or have children under 3 years) with a little white vinegar and water. Then spray it in strategic places (doors, windows).
Flying insects land anyway?
Combine the basil essential oil with the lemon grass and lavender. Feel free to vaporize the entrance, the windows, curtains and net curtains. If you have an essential oil diffuser (with programming) it’s even better!
If you have a green thumb and window sills just waiting to be embellished then plant feet of geranium, mint, lemongrass and basil to make an anti-flies and gnats natural barrier.
Advantage: a method without risk to health.
Disadvantage: not necessarily effective in winter.
Other Natural Techniques: Cut a lemon in half and plant a couple of cloves in the Pulp and place everything into the cups. Also try the garlic decoction. Then place them in strategic locations. The smell is (hopefully) keep insects away.
Natural solutions to kill flies and gnats away.
After prevention, now it’s time for action. Use the same ingredients as those for prevention, but with a trap. Mix 10 drops of essential oil of citronella and 6 drops of lavender essential oil. Then cut into 2 bottles of water and flip the top half of the bottle into the base to form a funnel. It only remains to fill with sugar water and add to the mixture of essential oils. The trap is ready.
Advantage: A natural solution easy to implement.
Disadvantage: Forget if you are pregnant or parent of a child in infancy.
As for the aesthetics it’s not really pretty.
Variant for pregnant women and families: simply pour sugar water (without essential oil) and then put apple cider vinegar into the trap.
Last tip: do not leave lying around in your kitchen all that could attract these flying insects. Like stagnant water, food scraps, garbage.
Mechanical solutions to get rid of flies and gnats.
You have tried natural methods and you have still many flies? There is always conventional methods. If you are patient you can opt for the fag whose effectiveness is well established if you aim well!
Do you know that there are a high-tech accessory to exterminate flying insects without chemicals: snowshoeing. It’s secret? With an electrified mesh, flying insects are killed immediately.
Disadvantage: you have to replace both batteries required for its operation and be careful not to hurt anyone with the craft. At night, it can wake you up with sparks if your partner uses it. With the added bonus of a small burning smell.
Another classic anti-flies and gnats remedy is adhesive tapes. Impregnated products which makes insects come to ensnare these vertical stripes and cannot escape.
Advantage: we put the strips in strategic locations and have to wait there. It works!
Disadvantage: Product used to attract is not necessarily green. Replace the tapes once they are saturated.
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