Monday, May 20, 2013

Natural Bug Repellents

Yesterday, we went and took a trip out to the property. My boyfriend has 160 acres of farmland outside of Weyburn, a few old buildings and a barn. There is another farmer who farms the land and it is certified organic. So, I love going out there because it is so peaceful and quiet out of Weyburn. Anyways, while we were out there, I wondered if the ticks were out yet. I hate those nasty little you-know-whats. And of course, I was answered by finding one crawling on me. YUCK!!! Needless to say, we did not stay long after that because we did not have any protection along for the little so and so's. So I have noticed that there are some natural remedies online for all the not so wonderful things that come along with the summer months and thought I would share them with you.

HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
Items needed:
1 cup of water 
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.


Making Your Own Natural Insect Repellent

Herbalist Debra Nuzzi-St. Claire suggests combining the following essential oils to make a natural insect repellent:
1/2 ounce citronella oil
1/4 ounce lavender oil
1/8 ounce pennyroyal oil
1/8 ounce tea tree oil
1/8 ounce jojoba oil
Do not use this blend undiluted on your skin.  Follow these instructions for diluting:
To make an insect repellent oil that can be used on your body, add 16 ounces of jojoba or almond oil to the base oil mixture and blend thoroughly.  For an insect repellent spray, add 16 ounces of vodka to the base oil mixture, pour into a spray bottle, and shake before using.


Vodka? Well maybe if the insects are drunk enough, they will go away and sleep it off.

Here is the link to a homemade wasp trap.


I am working on a couple things today. One being the quiltsbydarlene free pattern and the other is my little sewing machine pattern. 
Will post some pics later on my progress.

Have a great rest of the holiday Monday.....