Summer is coming slowly but surely, which means warm weather, sun, vacation, trips to the countryside, but also omnipresent insects. And not only outside, but even in our houses. These little "stinkers" follow us everywhere. But how can you protect yourself against them? What can you fight them with? This article offers advice on how to at least try to resist these uninvited guests.
Who doesn't know them? Despite the fact that we love the nice and kind Ferda the Ant, we are not fond of real ants so much; not when we find them in our garden and even less so when we find them in our house. But what to do? How to resist them? Here are some tips to help you put your foot down.
Don't Invite Them In
Easier said than done. Ants are led by their excellent sense of smell. They usually reach our houses during their quests for food. So the first step in a fight against ants is prevention. Prevention is effective if your house is still intact. If yours is one of the lucky houses, watch out for the following:
First and foremost, seal your windows well. That is a good piece of advice, but in summer when we need all the fresh air we can get, it may get complicated.
The next step is: store your food well. We recommend that you keep food attractive to ants in glass jars. The jars then become secure forts the ants will never conquer. Do not keep sugar around the house in bowls or paper bags; they don't pose a problem for the visiting ants. Ants can feed themselves well from crumbs on the kitchen desk or from a bowl of fruit you prepared to welcome your guests.
Another suitable refuge for ants is a flower pot that you keep behind your window and that makes you so happy. Such a flower pot may become their new home in a few moments.
Prevention is definitely not to be underestimated, but let's check out the possibilities of fight as well since we can't control everything.
Trust Chemistry or Experts?
You are not keen on chemistry and you don't want to spend a fortune on disinsection? Sometimes, we need to take these choices. If "popular wisdom" doesn't help, we have no other options.
At present, there is a wide range of agents against ants available on the market. Your choice depends on what suits your housing. There are many sprays, gels, powders and traps. E.g. you dab the gel into room corners and in the middle of ants' passageways. Although ants like the flavour, it can fairly reliably kill them. But beware if you have small children or pets in your house. In such a case, it is better to choose biolit traps. They look like small houses and don't pose such a risk for pets.
It is always necessary to exterminate the entire nest. For that, we can use special bait. Ant workers will carry this insecticide into the nest as food and the entire ant population dies. However, it may happen that the ants die too fast, the surviving ants figure the trick out and won't take any more food from the workers and the nest survives.
Popular Wisdom and Fight against Ants
We have referred to popular wisdom a few times in this article but haven't cited any of it. The time for popular wisdom has come. Try it for yourselves and see how much of it works.
- If you are okay with a rather violent form of this destruction, try laying a mixture of yeast with sugar or honey into ants' paths. If an ant eats it, it dies on fermentation in its insides.
- This tip requires a lot of patience and it may get even more efficient when you support it with one of the chemical options. Take a washing sponge, dip it in sugar water and put in a place of frequent ant occurrence. Let them get on it. Then take it and destroy ants on it. Wash and dry the sponge and repeat the process.
- The following tip will help you make the ants move away. Put a salted piece of celery sprinkled with cinnamon in a place where ants often appear. The ants will leave in several days.
- And a more pacific way. Ants allegedly dislike powerfully smelling substances, e.g. clove, marjoram, cinnamon, mint, baking powder, pepper, salt, hot paprika, chilli and cumin.
- You can also try dabbing window frames or ant paths with toothpaste ( for adults) or mouthwash, or wash your flat with vinegar water. Ants don't like this either.
- It is important to seal the paths through which ants enter your house. Either you use silicone or you can smear such cracks with a mixture of chlorinated lime (2 portions) and pork lard (1 portion).
- If you drink coffee, you may also use dried coffee dregs. Naturally, you have to use dregs from black coffee. Sprinkle it on ants. If you're not a coffee drinker, baking powder will do the trick as well.
- Discover the holes where the ants live and take your pick from several variations as to what to bathe them in. The Savo detergent, hot saltwater or a solution of 5 portions of baking soda and 1 portion of sugar. If you're not a nature-protector, try pouring acetone solvent C6000 into the holes, it works 100%.
- One old wives' tale advises to draw a white line on the ground in chalk and that ants will not cross it. The tale fails to specify whether we should also utter some magic words with it :-).
Everyone knows the situation when they are gently letting sweet sleep embrace them, ready to rest after a whole day, when they hear it. The most annoying sound.Weakly unpleasant high-pitched buzzing near their ear. It is here and the fight begins. The mosquito has found its way in and if not destroyed, you will wake up in the morning with a few itching bites. Can we prevent them from entering our houses? Let's have a look at some tips.
Who Sucks Our Blood?
This time, the females are to blame. Male mosquitoes are essentially peaceful and enjoy pollen nectar rather than blood. However, females have a different take on life and they choose the path of blood. They do it because they need to feed their eggs, but the itching goes to us. It makes a man think that they would rather donate some blood every year for the mosquitoes, just to avoid the annoying sound and the itchy sting.
Unfortunately, they are unavoidable. There are 45 species of mosquitoes in our geographical area and we don't only meet them in summer.
How to Fortify Against Mosquitoes?
There are many various agents against mosquitoes available in a drugstore or a pharmacy, but choosing one requires caution. Mainly chemical sprays are not suitable for children under 3 years of age and definitely not for people suffering from allergies or atopic dermatitis. There are also irritating effects of repellents in devices to be plugged in.
One of the possibilities how to prevent mosquitoes from entering your house is to install window nets.
Today, the market also offers ultrasound repellents that you can download as a program into your mobile or computer. They work on the basis of a sound frequency annoying and repelling to these stinging insects. Apart from the aforementioned programs, you can also buy small boxes to plug in the power supply or running on batteries that emit sound of frequency 22-28 kHz.
If you prefer natural products, you definitely want to try essential oils designed directly for protection against mosquitoes. You can use them either on your skin or clothes or into aroma-lamps. Another option is anti-mosquito bandaids that you stick to your skin or clothes, and mosquito-repelling bracelets.
Another piece of advice sounds a bit like an "old wives' tale", but let's have it. It is about using B-komplex vitamins. If you take one pill a day, you allegedly stop smelling good to the insects. This may help not only against mosquitoes, but also against ticks.
Folk Wisdom - How to Make Your Own Repellent
- The first home-made repellent is made of the Alpa liniment. Prepare 1 dl of Alpa and put 1 tsp clove into it. Let it rest in a closed jar for a week and you have your repellent. All you have to do then is smear it all over yourself.
- Even scientists claim that mosquitoes hate cinnamon or mint. An extract from the cinnamon tree bark and mosquitoes are gone.
- Another home-made repellent is made from rosemary. Loach a bag of rosemary and let it be until it cools off. Prepare 1 litre of loached rosemary and add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and you have another repellent ready; spray it all over you, e.g. using a thoroughly washed old perfume bottle. Store it in the fridge.
- You can also get inspired by our Polish neighbours. Put a carnation blossom into a thermos and pour hot water over it. Let it loach for a day and use as a repellent.
- In the previous paragraph, we talked about B-komplex vitamins. Instead of it, you can eat foods rich with vitamin B, such as yeast, peanuts, pineapple or grapes.
- If you smoke, your battle with mosquitoes is half-won. They hate cigarette smoke or smoke from the fire. However, there is a risk of repelling the desirable household members.
- You may also try decorating your window with Tagetes flowers or mugwort. You kill two birds with one stone: you decorate your windows and get rid of mosquitoes. Geraniums will do the trick as well. Not only against mosquitoes, but also against flies.
How to Treat Bites
If you failed to protect yourself against mosquitoes and you have been stung, there are a few recipes to mitigate the itching they bring.
- Onion is good not only for a mosquito sting, but also for stings from bees. Cut the onion in half and smear the affected spot. You can also use lemon.
- You can also apply an ice cube; it slows down the circulation and the undesirable substances do not spread further in the body.
- The pain can be alleviated with lavender oil or plantain leaf juice. You may apply parsley stems, black currant leaves or tomatoes in the same way.
Good luck in your battle against the annoying insects!