Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party

Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
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This is the season of outdoor parties, barbecues and get-togethers… but it’s also bug season. Don’t let them get you down though! Here are ten clever ways to DIY your way to bug-free entertaining.   

 

Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
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1. Repelling bugs can be pretty! Find out how to assemble these gorgeous bug repelling floating candles here.

Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
Photo via: One Good Thing By Jillee

2. Rosemary naturally repels bugs… find out how to use it (and other things) to keep pests away here. Continue Reading

Identify, Prevent, and Treat Outdoor Pests

I remember it like it was yesterday, walking through our soon-to-be home, rounding the corner through the swinging door and spotting our backyard for the very first time. It was perfect, with lush green grass, a huge oak and maples and a cedar fence lining the perimeter of the property line. We had hoped for a yard, but didn’t expect one, considering our modest budget and desire to live in the city.

What I didn’t see that day was the work it would take to keep that perfect yard looking perfect. Continue Reading

Identify, Prevent, and Treat In-Home Pests

There’s nothing quite like sitting down to enjoy my morning coffee and hearing a blood-curdling screech coming from the kitchen. I flash back to my superhero daydreams of childhood and jump up, adrenaline pumping, rushing out of the sunroom to save the day. Sprinting into the kitchen, I see the perpetrator: A dark black cockroach in the middle of our kitchen floor. Unfortunately, this has become a regular occurrence in our home.

As a first-time homeowner, the number of new responsibilities can be overwhelming. Continue Reading

Bed Bug Infested Cities of the U.S.

Those slayers of wee beasties, Orkin and Terminix, complied top ten lists of the most bed-bug-infested cities in the U.S.       

The Terminix list:

  1. New York
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Detroit
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Chicago
  6. Denver
  7. Columbus, Ohio
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Los Angeles

The Orkin list:

  1. Cincinnati
  2. Columbus, Ohio
  3. Chicago
  4. Denver
  5. Detroit
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. New York
  8. Philadelphia
  9. Dayton, Ohio
  10. Baltimore

If you happen to live in one of them, take a deep breath and take a look at Green Daily’s tips on how to NOT freak out about it. Continue Reading

Make Your Own True and Stylish Citronella Candles

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Amy found out that most citronella candles don’t contain even a bit of real citronella essential oil, but only a synthetically produced scent with none of the bug deterring benefits. She carefully whipped up her own batch using real citronella java essential oil (not the citronella oil sold for Tiki torches), and created her own jazzed up jars to give them some style.  She used a little melted crayon for soft colors. Of course, you can skip the whole bug candle thing and just add some drops of your favorite scent to make delicious smelling indoor candles. Continue Reading

How-To: Homemade Citronella Candles

Some old candles or block wax + citronella oil + recycled food containers + a few tools = homemade citronella candles. Keep them buggies away with your own DIY citronellas, which, apparently, are only basic wax candles scented with citronella oil, a plant-based insect repellant, from a species in the lemongrass family.

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Materials

1. old wax candles, or wax from a craft store 
2. crayons
3. container for melting wax
4. wicks
5. citronella oil
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Know Your Bugs.

I can't bear to turn on the AC yet, despite the 90-degree afternoons, so often, our doors are wide open to elements. And with the breezes comes the bugs, and lately we've been visited by some decidely complex looking creatures that my Biology-teacher mother didn't teach me as a kid.

Enter WHAT'S THAT BUG.COM, a charming database dedicated to, you guessed it, all your entymological inquiries, and some beautifully photographed from the insect world.

The Fiddler Beetle. Continue Reading

Low Tech Insecticide

I had used soapy water as a pesticide for indoor plants, but a few years ago, while kvetching about an outdoor infestation of box elder bugs (an example of the nasty things is pictured above), my next door neighbor Buzz, a retired bricklayer and WWII vet, suggested I use the stuff to tackle my buggy problem.

Any liquid dishwashing soap will work. Simply mix a couple of teaspoons to a gallon of water and hose the little bastar …I mean, buggers. Continue Reading