6 Tips to Get Rid of Pesky Mosquitoes, Ants, and Wasps
Mosquitoes, bees, yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets are all part of the summer season. And I, for one, intend to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without getting “eaten alive” by the dreaded mosquito. Yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets also love to gather at my back door just waiting for me to take a step outside.
But guess what? Last summer, I discovered a simple, eco-friendly way to discourage them from hanging out at my house forever. In this article, I'll share with you some of the tips and tricks I learned for how to deal with these annoying pests.
How to Keep Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets Away
This tip works like a charm and is a great way to recycle plastic bags.
- Fill a small to medium brown paper bag with three or four plastic bags (crumpled up).
- Tie the top of the paper bag with string or twine, leaving enough string for hanging. Hang the filled bag just below the eaves, or wherever wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets hang out. The wasps think it's a nest and will not fly near it.
This works on a very simple principle: wasps avoid the nests of other wasps. By giving the appearance of a real wasp nest, any nearby wasps will keep their distance, commonly about 20' or further.
I am happy to report that I have been hornet free for years.
3 Remedies for Bee Stings
If there are a thousand people at a picnic, and only one person gets stung, that one person will be me.
Though the formal definition of a bee sting strictly means a sting from a bee (honeybee, bumblebee, sweat bee, etc). In the vernacular, it can mean a sting of a bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket. Some people may even call the bite of a horsefly a bee sting. The sting of most of these species can be quite painful and are therefore an object of dread for many people.
If you can draw the stinger out before applying medication, be sure to do that.
Once you've done that, here are a handful of natural remedies that can be used for bee stings:
- Baking Soda: Simply make a paste, combining the soda with a little water and apply it to affected area.
- Toothpaste: It isn't just for brushing your teeth. Along with being a good household cleaner, it is also used for bee stings. Just rub a small amount on the affected area.
- Urine: No, this is not a typo. Applying urine to a bee sting works. And it doesn't even have to be yours.
A Few Facts About Mosquitoes
In case you are under the impression that there is only one kind of mosquito, hold on to your hat. In this big world of ours, you will find over 2,500 different species. If you are living in the United States, be prepared for 150 kinds of mosquitoes, and 52 of these are found in the Golden State, California.
Here are a handful of additional facts about these flying pests:
- Every type of mosquito must have water in order to complete their life cycle.
- Only the adult females bite humans and animals.
- The males prefer plant juices.
- The female cannot lay viable eggs unless she gets plenty of blood meal.
- How long the mosquito lives depends on the temperature, time of year, humidity, and even their sex.
- Females can live about a month, while males only live about a week.
3 Tips to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
- My grandma used Vicks VapoRub for everything. From a sore throat to mosquito repellant, VapoRub was her answer for curing what ails you. To keep mosquitoes from biting, she would rub it on four or five spots: a little dab on the feet, legs, arms, and neck. After that, mosquitoes wouldn't bother me. And neither did my friends.
- Another way to outsmart mosquitos is to place some sheets of fabric softener (such as Bounce) in shoes, pockets, or sleeves. Tying a sheet of Bounce to belt loops will repel mosquitoes for some people as well.
- Peppermint essential oil is a natural deterrent against mosquitos and other flying insects. I prefer this method because it's chemical free. Simply apply a small drop to the ankles, wrists, and neck. Just be sure to use only pure, undiluted oil.
How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
My mother never had an ant problem. The minute she spotted even one ant, she would go for the baking soda or lemon juice. When a string of ants invade your home, you might want to try a couple of these suggestions:
- Pouring lemon juice around areas ants frequent is a great ant deterrent.
- Baking soda can deter ants as well. Just pour a solid line in areas of activity, and they won't cross it.
- Spread a ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants to discourage ants.
- Ants hate vinegar. Spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel these tiny workers.
- Essential oils such as eucalyptus mixed 50/50 with water is one of my favorite methods for keeping them at bay. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and spray it at entrances and along trails.
Keep Bugs Away With Bounce Fabric Softener
These amazing little sheets of fabric softener will keep your entire house bug free! All types of bugs, roaches, and spiders meet their maker after coming in contact with a single sheet of Bounce. No substitute softener will work, though. It must be Bounce brand. So, lay a few sheets anywhere around the house, near doors, vents, or openings—any area that is "bugging you." And for a bonus, it smells good too.
More Crazy Household Tips You've Never Heard About That Work
I thought I'd throw in a few more tips. If you've read this far, you deserve it.
- To cover furniture scratches: apply peanut butter (without the peanuts) to the scratch.
- To soften bread or rolls that are hard: stick them in a brown paper bag, sprinkle the bag with water and put the bag in a hot oven for a minute or less.
- To clear a stuffy nose: when boiling water for your morning oatmeal, gently inhale the steam. This is also great for your skin, as it instantly hydrates and opens pores.
- To exfoliate the lips: rub a little organic sugar on both the upper and lower lip area.
- To add a light, natural color to your lips: pat your lips with beets or beet juice.
- To remove burnt food from a cookie sheet: grab some ketchup, spread it on the area, and let it sit for a few minutes.
Well, thank you for joining me, and I hope these tips for getting rid of pesky mosquitoes, ants, and wasps will put a big smile on your face.
Which tip is your favorite?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
What are some places ants could live in my house?
Ants do not normally live inside the house. They travel from the outside to enter the home through cracks and crevices. Ants are mostly found in the kitchen area as food attracts them. Beware of this! Keep all cupboards and counters clean and free from food.Helpful 2
I constantly step on ant beds as they crawl all over my toes and sting me. However, I want the ants to sting only the soles of my feet. How can I deter them?
Tuck a couple of Bounce fabric sheets in your pocket or socks when you're outside. Ants don't like them.Helpful 1
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