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6 Tips to Get Rid of Pesty Mosquitos, Ants, and Wasps

Updated on April 29, 2017
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She's a woman on a mission. Audrey Hunt donates her time to recycling projects in her community. If you litter- best keep out of her way!

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Summer Pests That Drive You Crazy

Mosquitoes’, bees, yellow-jackets, wasps and hornets are all part of the summer season. And I, for one intend to enjoy the beautiful out-doors without getting “eaten alive” by the dreaded mosquito. Yellow jackets, wasps and hornets love to gather at my back door just waiting for me to take a step out side. But guess what? Last summer I discovered a simple, Eco-friendly way to discourage them from hangin’ out at my house forever.

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How To Keep Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets Away

This tip works like a charm and is a great way to recycle plastic bags.

1. Fill a small to medium brown paper bag with 3 or 4 plastic bags (crumple the plastic bags).

2. 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.

According to wikipedia: A bee sting strictly means a sting from a bee(honey bee, 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 horse-fly 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.

There are several natural remedies that can be used for bee stings:

  • Baking Soda -Simply make a paste, combining the soda with a little water and apply to affected area.
  • Toothpaste -Toothpaste 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 the urine doesn't have to be yours. Ewww!

Stung by a bee.
Stung by a bee.
Keep mosquitos at bay with natural repellents
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How To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

Grandma used Vicks Vapo-rub for everything. From a sore throat to mosquito repellant, vicks was her answer for curing what ails you. To keep mosquitoes from biting, she would rub vicks on 4 or 5 spots - a little dab on the feet, legs, arms and neck. Ne'er a mosquito would 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 mosquitos for some people..

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 ankles, wrist and neck. Use only pure, undiluted oil.

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.

  • 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.

Get Rid Of Ants Naturally

When a string of ants invade your home, you might want to try a couple of these suggestions. My mother never had an ant problem. The minute she spotted even one ant, she would go for the baking soda or lemon juice.

  • 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 favorites. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray at entrances and along trails.

Removing Candle Wax From a Carpet

I am a candle lover as long as they are made of bees wax and use pure essential oils. I clearly remember my first candle wax spill, dripping on to my beautiful, expensive indian throw rug.

I panicked and instantly called some friends, looking for help. Gloria, my friend from Guatemala, came to my rescue. " Go get a brown paper sack, or paper towel and lay it directly over the spilled wax.

Using a heated iron, press the paper by ironing directly on it. Lift the paper and the wax will be gone from the rug and onto the paper. Glory be - it worked. My candled-stained rug, now looked brand new.

Keep Bugs Away With Bounce Fabric Softener

A sheet of Bounce fabric softener is not just for the dryer. These amazing little sheets of fabric softner will keep your entire house bug free. Ah-ha! I thought you'd like this one.

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. It must be Bounce brand.

So, lay a few sheets anywhere around the house, near doors, vents, openings - any area that is "bugging you." Bonus - it smells good too.

Crazy 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 upper and lower lip area.
  • To add a light, natural color to your lips pat lips with beets or beet juice.
  • To remove burnt food from a cookie sheet grab some ketchup, spread on the area and let it sit for a few minutes.

Well, thank you for joining me and I hope these 6 tips for pesty mosquitoes, ants and wasps will put a big smile on your face.

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How I Came To Write This Article

I am basically lazy. Yes, I admit it. If I can find an easier way to do anything, I will. I am also a "security guard" for Mother Nature and have been switching over to the natural, Eco-friendly way of doing things.

Being the oldest in my family and the care-taker too, I grew up cleaning, cooking and taking responsibility for everyone's welfare. At the age of 11, I even painted the out side of our entire little white-framed house that Daddy built. I did this all by myself. I was ashamed and embarrassed that we were poor and tried to do what I could to camouflage that fact.

Little did I know, that one day, all the little tricks I learned for "keeping house" would not only come in handy, but would even inspire me to write a hub.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks for your nice comments.

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      Gail Glover Poncsak 2 years ago

      I am so happy to have read about your handy tips. I am going shopping tomorrow thank you again

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      pstraubie48 - Hello dear friend. Ah yes, the bug brigades are taking over. Yuck! I put on a t-shirt the other day and felt something crawling across my chest. It was a good sized spider. I let out one big scream!

      Luckily I don't have a red ant problem. Really need your angels on their way and thanks.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is definitely the time of the year for reading these tips, Audrey. O my ...the bugs, all shapes and sizes are out in full swing.

      The red ants are the worst....I even did a hub about them a while back...they are relentless....my feet are covered once again with bites...they LOVE me.

      Great tips and I will share these with my friends.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps Voted up++++

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks for your great comments. Good idea to rid the area of wasps before the nests form.

      Have a great day!

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      Marley 2 years ago from Canada

      I completely feel your pain - wasps (or any stinging/biting insects for that matter) seem to prefer me over the rest of the world. I'm definitely going to have to try the paper bag trick as I've noticed a couple of wasps around my house the past few days and I'd like to discourage them from building a nest.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mary615 - While living in Nashville, Tn. the mosquitos about drove me crazy. That's when I came up with the paper bag trick and it works like a charm. Bounce really kept the roaches out of the house and spiders too. Let me know how this works for you. Thanks Mary!

      sallybea - I have been surprised at the amount of traffic this hub continues to attract. Thank you for your nice words. The paper bag is my favorite too. Thanks so much!

      Hi Mike. Isn't this something? Ad it really works. Thanks for being here and leaving your comments.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      My first time of hearing that toothpaste can be used to get ride of bee sting. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Wow, I just noticed the date on this hub once I had finished reading it. It just goes to show how much mileage you can get out of some excellent writing with a few great tips. Love the paper bag tip.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Well, I just learned about some new solutions to some of my problems. I am definitely going to try the plastic bags for keeping bees away from my door. I have used vinegar on ants before and know that works! I've had roaches in my little apartment, so I'll put down some Bounce, too.

      Great tips; thanks. Voted UP and shared.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @vocalcoach They come here every fall usually in time for the baseball playoffs. We are on Lake Erie and the closer you get to the lake the worse they are. Of course the baseball stadium here is very close. Tiny bugs, and super irritating.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Paula - Well I'll be. Never heard of these little critters before. This is what I love about HP - learn something new every day. Thanks for the link :)

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Paula - What are midges?

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      We get a lot of mosquitoes here in the summer. Not too many problems with bees. In the fall, midges are extremely annoying.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bobbi - I hope you're recovering from your surgery and starting to get comfortable. I have used this method for keeping wasps and yellow jackets at bay for years. It's amazing. Mosquitos seem to love me too. Both the vicks and the fabric softener has worked well for me.

      Take care and thanks so much. - Audrey

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a great hub---I heard it call my name. I live in the country---and insects seem to enjoy my soft skin, especially Mosquitoes.

      I generally rub Skin So Soft on before going into the yard. But my bottle is almost empty and since I had it for years---I am not sure I can replace it.

      And, then I saw your hub and was thrilled, because my dear grandmother had her secrets of fixing issues with insects and bites from the unknown ones. But I was too young at the time to take note of how she made her cures.

      Have a great week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lady_E - So great to see you here. I always pack a bottle of Vicks to take with me wherever I go. It has so many great uses. Thanks so much!

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. I particularly liked the Vicks for Mosquitoes. Very interesting. Next time I go on holidays, I will take 2 bottles of Vicks.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      wildove5 - I replayed the video and at the end she didn't mention an ingredient. I think she was just summing it all up and was trying to say 'mosquito repellant.' The very last ingredient mentioned was 'water' to dilute the ingredients and use as a spray. Let me know if I've answered your question :) Thanks so much, and hugs to you.

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      I love all these tips, especially the natural mosquito repellant, however in the video I couldn't make out the last ingredient, please help!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kevin - Hi there. Thanks for reading this hub. I will try vicks for itching problems. Good to know and I appreciate you for sharing this information. Glad you found the tips useful as well as easy to use.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Tom - This is a wonderful tip. It is the first time I've heard about it. Thank you so much for sharing this information about using a deodorant stick for mosquito bites.

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      Tom Schumacher 4 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Informative hub! You can also use a deodorant stick for mosquito bites. Apply immediately after noticing the mark(s) or shortly thereafter. The chemical makeup helps sooth itching and dry up/shrink the infected area. Although this sounds weird it does work. Voted up!

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      The tip on vicks for Mosquitos sounds great. I have also heard of vicks being used for itching. The tips are all very easy and useful. Thanks for sharing them. Very interesting hub.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Diane - Very nice to see you here. I used Off as well until finding these alternatives. Glad you will try the beet juice. I think you might like it!

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      Diane Minton 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      thank you, I use off, and did all summer last yr. Good ideas and will try the beet juice idea!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      MarleneB - I love your comments! So happy to find you here and your hubby sounds amazing (so do you.) Here's to beet juice! :) Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mahingepatrick - You are very lucky! I'm among the endless number of folks who attrack mosquitos. Urgggggh. Thanks for being here and appreciate your comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Jaye - I, too seem to attract every mosquito on the planet. That is until I started using vicks. It repeals mosquitos alright, but it also repeals the neighbors. :) Now I use a sheet of the "bounce" fabric softener. Thanks for telling me about the "Green Lotus Link." I'll correct that. Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Stephanie - You'll love how this trick works! We had so many hornets and wasps living in Tennessee and these paper bags kept them entirely at bay.

      Thanks so much.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You're right, I never would have thought of these on my own. I like the Bounce idea. By the way, thank you for the bonus tips. I am going to use the one about exfoliating the lips and using beet juice as a lip stain. I know, it won't help repel bugs, but it will attract more kisses from my adorable hubby. All amazing tips. Thanks.

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      Patrick 4 years ago from Nairobi

      I think living in the center of a Savannah has made me mosquito tolerant. We co-exist. Nonetheless, those are some great tips you have here. Thanks for posting the article

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Since I'm a "mosquito magnet", I'll be trying the Vicks tip for certain. I always keep it on hand, anyway.

      Where I live, I rarely see any type of ant except fire ants. They build mounds all over my lawn. Since I don't use insecticides, I pour boiling water over the mounds to destroy as many ants as possible and ruin the mound. (I know, it sounds horribly cruel, but fire ants can cause damage to human tissue with their painful bites, and numerous bites can be fatal to small pets, so they're actually dangerous to have on your property.) Apparently, the ants lower in the tunnels survive and rebuild somewhere else in the yard. Needless to say, that boiling water doesn't help my grass, either.

      By the way, I clicked on the "Green Lotus" link, but only found a message that she's been banned from HubPages!

      Voted Up, useful and interesting.

      Jaye

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I'm trying the paper bag trick right now! The wasps and hornets are terrorizing our back porch and maybe this will keep them away! Thanks for some very useful tips!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jeremiahcc08 - Thanks for liking these tips. Glad you learned about the affects of vicks!

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      Jeremiahcc08 4 years ago

      like the tips didn't know about the vicks!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Audrey - Oh, how terrible for her! I didn't know about Dengue Fever or that mosquitos transmit this. My parents used Vicks every summer on us to keep mosquitos at bay. It still works. Thanks.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I will have to tell my daughter about Vicks Vapo-rub for mosquitos ! She just got over Dengue Fever in Thailand---

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks very much for reading my crazy tips. And they do work - crazy or not. Thanks for the vote and take care.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      These are crazy tips, and I hadn't heard of them, but I am going to have to try them out and see how they work! Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ttombs - Thanks terry for voting up and sharing. Love to see this!

      coffeegginmyrice - The paper bag trick works like magic. Been testing it out for 4 yrs and has not failed me yet :) Oh, the memories of my childhood and vicks!

      So glad you enjoyed these tips and a big thanks for rating useful, interesting and especially sharing!

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      What great tips- I'll be sure to use these. Voted up and useful.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      We used the Vicks vaporub when we were kids, my pa would apply it on us not just when we get sick but also for insect bites and yes, especially mosquitoes! I am amazed of the paper bag idea but gladly we have a small backyard garden, not much about wasps visiting. Enjoyed the interesting tips on this hub. Thank you for sharing vocalcoach! Useful and interesting!! Bookmarking and sharing, too.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Those are some great tips, Vocalcoach! Voted up and sharing these. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      donnah75 - Hi there. Thanks for visiting my hub and finding these tips awesome. I feel so good to know this is helpful for you. Your up vote and sharing is so appreciated.

      RTallon - THANK YOU for coming back to give a shout out to my tip on mosquitos and concerns about West Nile. Hope others see this!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Stopping back by to note that your mosquito tip should be highlighted with concerns about West Nile in the news now.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Awesome tips, vocalcoach! Voted up and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      furniturez - I actually heard of this idea at a time that yellow jackets were swarming around my house. A neighbor told me about the paper sack idea. We made 4 of them, hanging 2 at each door. Never had a sign of a wasp since. I think it's the greatest of all ideas! Thanks.

      Thelma - I'm glad to hear that these tips are going to be used. Appreciate you for coming by. Take care!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Great tips! Voted up and shared. Thanks for sharing. I´ll use these tips right away.

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      furniturez 5 years ago from Washington

      I HATE wasps and therefore love the idea about hanging the brown bag to imitate a real nest, very clever! Where did you come across that idea?

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      snigdha.s - Have you tried sprinkling baking soda around the base of your plants? Won't hurt the plant and kills the ants. Also kills the eggs. Try it and let me know how it goes. Must be frustrating for you. Thanks for coming by and voting up.

      beingwell - So glad to see you here. Thank you for spending time reading my hub and leaving a comment. And thank you for the vote up!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! These are smart ideas. Great hub. Voting this one up!

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      snigdha.s 5 years ago from India,mumbai

      Some great tips .Thanks for sharing them. Ants can be a real problem. Have tried many tricks to get rid of them but some how they return. They have destroyed many of my plants . A relative had suggested spraying Neem water but that did not help. These ants would lay their eggs around the stems which was very difficult to get rid of. I will try coffee next time. Voted up

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      securityproducts3 - Thank you for reading my hub. I really like that you said it is very well organized. And for you to mention that it is also refreshing to see, makes me very happy indeed. A big thanks to you!

      rajan jolly - You are kind to take time to read my hub and to find it interesting and useful. Thanks for the vote up and especially for sharing. I appreciate this rajan. Blessings to you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very novel, interesting and useful tips to stay safe from these stinging pests Audrey.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and bookmarked

      Shared too.

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      securityproducts3 5 years ago

      This is a very well organized Hub. It's refreshing to see!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Olde Cashmere - Thank you so much for taking the time to read my hub. I'm very glad you enjoyed the tips and can use them. I hope you won't get stung again :) I appreciate your voting up, interesting, useful and awesome! See you soon.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I enjoyed these tips and I could really use them. When I'm outside I am always the one to get stung as well. Interesting tactic with the Bounce sheets also. Voted up, interesting, useful, and awesome!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      wendy - I'm so glad you dropped by to read this. Thank you for your kind comments. I hope to see you soon!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      @Stephanie Henkel - The paper bag really works so I hope you've tried this and had good success. Let me know. Thanks Stephanie!

      @Martie Coester - Hi there, my friend and buddy. It's always a smiley day when you drop by. Thanks.

      @Audrey Howitt - My parents used Vicks on us for everything. And most of the time - it worked. Perhaps it's the "smell?" :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Cathleena = Hi neighbor! I'm in Nashville. And those darn fleas are such a frustration. Yep! My Grandma would most likely have an answer for that problem too.

      Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again soon.

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      wendy 5 years ago

      dryer sheets work for mosquito to thank you for taking the time to do this i knew a few of these but not all of them i have read some of your other pages as well there interesting helpful informative and entertaining thank you again wendy ,louisiana

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Most of these crazy tips I didn't know. Will have to try the vapor rub for mosquito repellent. My cat hates the smell too, and my husband isn't very found of it either, but if it keeps those vampire bugs at bay, it's definitely worth a trial. Wonder if the vinegar would repel fleas. Our cat stays inside, but somehow those peaky fleck sized critters have found there way inside and they seem to be immune to the carpet type powder flea killer. I bet your grandma would know just what to do!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Poetvix - ...and just wait until you get to be my age. I now think my parents were the smartest people in the world! :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Jamie - Im so glad you found these tips interesting. I liked sharing them. I've used most of these tips and they work so well. Thanks very much Jamie!.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Tams R - So glad you found some helpful tips and another ant deterrent is plain baking soda. Ants will be real bad this summer so have your plan of attack and armour ready! Thanks for finding my hub useful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Well you are right, I haven't heard about these before--I will have to try the Vicks Vapo Rub one!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Brilliant! I need all of these tips and will surely test them all ...

      Thank you, Vocalcoach!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      We do have wasps hanging out around our patio - I'm going to try the paper bag trick today! Thanks for some great tips!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      I really enjoyed learning about all of this interesting stuff! Summer is coming so I read this just in time for the pesky mosquitoes, wasps, etc. I will definitely keep these in mind! Thank you so much for sharing... voting up and useful :)

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      Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

      Thank goodness for you. My house is going to smell like vinegar in the next 20 minutes. I am so sick of ants.

      As far as the beet juice...sorry I just cannot hack it.

      I am definitely bookmarking this hub.

      Extremely useful!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Willstarr, my friend - How are you? Sorry about the long delay in commenting. Somehow, a bunch of my hubs ended up in my spam mail and most of them were comments from this hub. Anyhow, thanks so much!

      vocalcoach~

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      allpurposeguru - About the bread... this used to be the only way to soften bread in my Granmother's time. (no microwaves back then)...but I sure prefer your tip of 20 seconds in the microwave. Thanks for that terrific tip!

      If you have any others, please send them to me. I like to think of myself as the modern day Heloise - LOL.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      These are all really interesting tips. I have used the baking soda on bee stings when I was younger and I remember that it helped. I am definitely going to try the Vick's Vapor Rub for mosquitoes next year since I am always the mosquito magnet in the group. And I actually tried getting rubber cement out of carpet once with an iron and paper bag, but it didn't work on the rubber cement like the way you describe it working on wax. I love how necessity often breeds ingenuity! Great tips!

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thanks for the really useful information. Isn't it funny, when I was young I thought the old knew nothing. Now as I'm aging I find I am the one who knows nothing and they knew the answers all along.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      JamaGenee - I hadn't heard of this happeneing, but I find it hilarious! Thanks, my friend and enjoy your day!

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Didn't Vicks finally come out with a non-smelly version because people were using it for things other than chest colds?

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Cloverleaf - Vicks Vaporub was the "medicine cabinet" for my parents. I swear, they used it for everything. As poor as we were back then, it seems like we could always find extra change for a big jar of vicks. :)

      Thank you my faithful friend!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Audrey,

      Vicks Vaporub really does work on mosquito bites!! It seems weird, but it's one of the best things out there. You have some very good (and strange) tips here, voting up!

      Cloverleaf

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      JustAskSusan - Hello and sorry for the long delay in getting back to you. Thanks too for adding the avon tip. I love all your suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

      Tamron - I apologize for taking so long to thank you for your comments. Hide the can of raid! Lately, the bugs are invading my house. I place sheets of bounce on the floor at the doors and a few other entrance spots. They are deader than a doornail :)

      Faye - Thank you so much for commenting. It's always a special treat to see you here. Take care. :)

      FastFreda - Thanks for not finding my tips crazy. I really did paint the entire outside of the little house I lived in at age 11. I was so embarrassed at the sight of the shabbiness. I also edged our large yard using a pair of scissors. Thats all we had. I sure wouldn't try either of those jobs today :) Bless you, my friend.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Glad you enjoyed. I am not a writer but people keep pushing me to tell some of my stories on a hub.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ...and I just read your hub and it is marvelous! Eager to read hub #2. Again, welcome, my new friend.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Only have one hub, just joined yesterday.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Becky! Thanks so much for your tip on keeping flies out of the house, etc. I love it. Gonna do that today. But for now...I will head on over to your place and check out one of your excellent hubs. :)

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Fill a zip-lock bag with water and hang it by your door. The flies will not go in. All the restaurants around here have them.

      I knew about the baking soda for stings and bites but did not know about it and the vinegar for ants. My dad kept telling me there was something that everybody has but he couldn't remember what it was.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I tried the Bounce tip and it works. What is scary though is that we are putting this in our clothing and next to our skin. Once mine are gone I will not buy anymore. Actually I haven't in over a year but had a huge box from Sam's Club.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jama Genee - I got quite a laugh reading about the truck driver and imagining him decorated in bright pink spots:)

      I always love hearing about tips that others use for various pest problems, etc. Green Lotus has a great hub on getting rid of ants, naturally. Well, my friend, I am off to treat myself to one of your magnificent hubs. Have a great day and "don't forget the vicks" :)

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      You are living proof that growing up "poor" (in money, not spirit) is not necessarily a bad thing. Love your tips, all of which I'd never heard of except the paper bag-and-iron trick to remove candle wax.

      Haven't seen any wasps or bees around my new place, but will hang a paper-bag "nest" on the front porch just in case. Who KNEW they could be so easily fooled!

      Thanks for several great laughs, too! Wish I'd known about Vicks as a mosquito repellant when my son was little. If there was one mosquito within a mile of us, it'd zero in on HIM while yelling "Lunch!" to all its friends! Every summer, the poor guy looked like he had a permanent case of measles.

      A truck driver friend was also a mosquito magnet, but wasn't too keen about the the method used by his wife to neutralize the itching - fingernail polish applied to each bite. Bright pink. Yes, she could've used clear polish, but thought it great fun to imagine the looks he'd get from other truckers when he showered at a truck stop. (They eventually divorced, btw - go figure...) ;D

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sandyksk - I am a success whenever I can help a fellow hubber, so you have made me smile a big one. And I just read one of your excellent hubs - how'd you learn to write so well?

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      Sandy Jauregui 6 years ago from Sanger

      Not only 'useful', but enjoyed reading, for sure! I'm definitely going to try some of these...thanks for some great 'un~heard' of tips...:))

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Movie Master - Your wasps will disappear in no time. And the bounce is the best trick since sliced bread. I layed a couple of sheets near the kitchen door after spotting something crawling on the floor. The "something" left and never returned. I place bounce sheets in every room of this old house and it always works. Thanks for the visit!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi vocalcoach, what great tips! I love the paper bag wasp nest tip, I shall be laying my sheets of bounce here there and everywhere! many thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      prairieprincess - I'm so glad that you can use some of these crazy tips. Thanks for bookmarking. Have a great day!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hyphenbird - Glad I could give you a tip for taking care of wasps. Very easy to do, all natural - and best of all, it works immediately. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      hello, hello - Thank you, my friend. I am always on the look out for all natural. I think baking soda is my all time favorite. Recently had a family of ants trying to take over the kitchen. Just sprinled a little baking soda around and - they left so fast, never to return again :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      TheListLady - What great comments! I thank you. I had to smile when I read that you, too, use the steam "spa". And I only look 90 instead of 100! I'm off to check out your latest hub. I can't wait! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      sunflowerbucky - I am so glad you stopped by and left a comment. I am on my way to pay you a visit, right now!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mdlawyer - I am delighted that you found some of these tips to be helpful. Made my day! Thanks so much. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Chatkath - Oh, thank you for the link. I really appreciate that. Can't wait to read your new hub on natural remedies - which is one of my favorite topics these days. Thanks, dear Kathy, and have a fun weekend!