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6 Tips to Get Rid of Pesky Mosquitoes, Ants, and Wasps

Audrey shares her easy tips on how to control pesky insects and save time around the home.

This guide will provide tips and tricks for keeping all kinds of pesky insects away from your home and garden.

This guide will provide tips and tricks for keeping all kinds of pesky insects away from your home and garden.

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.

  1. Fill a small to medium brown paper bag with three or four plastic bags (crumpled up).
  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.

A dog that was stung by a bee.

A dog that was stung by a bee.

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.
Vicks VapoRub, peppermint essential oil, and Bounce fabric softener sheets may help prevent mosquito bites.

Vicks VapoRub, peppermint essential oil, and Bounce fabric softener sheets may help prevent mosquito bites.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.

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

Question: What are some places ants could live in my house?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: Tuck a couple of Bounce fabric sheets in your pocket or socks when you're outside. Ants don't like them.

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 05, 2015:

Thanks for your nice comments.

Gail Glover Poncsak on July 05, 2015:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 03, 2015:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 02, 2015:

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++++

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 18, 2015:

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

Have a great day!

M from Canada on April 18, 2015:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 18, 2015:

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.

Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P from Anambra State, Nigeria on February 15, 2015:

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

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on February 15, 2015:

vocalcoach

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 15, 2015:

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.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 11, 2014:

@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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 10, 2014:

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 :)

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 10, 2014:

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Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 10, 2014:

Paula - What are midges?

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 10, 2014:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 05, 2014:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on August 05, 2014:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 11, 2014:

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!

Elena from London, UK on February 23, 2014:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 10, 2013:

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.

wildove5 from Cumberland, R.I. on July 08, 2013:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 05, 2013:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 05, 2013:

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.

Tom Schumacher from Huntington Beach, CA on April 30, 2013:

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!

Kevin Peter from Global Citizen on April 29, 2013:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2013:

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!

Diane Minton from Evansville, Indiana on April 19, 2013:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2013:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2013:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2013:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2013:

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.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 19, 2013:

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.

Patrick from Nairobi on April 17, 2013:

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

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on April 17, 2013:

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

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 17, 2013:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 07, 2013:

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

Jeremiahcc08 on December 30, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 22, 2012:

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.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 22, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 13, 2012:

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

Shasta Matova from USA on November 13, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 19, 2012:

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!

Jenn from Pennsylvania on September 18, 2012:

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

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on September 18, 2012:

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.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 18, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 10, 2012:

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!

RTalloni on September 08, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on September 08, 2012:

Awesome tips, vocalcoach! Voted up and sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 25, 2012:

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!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on August 22, 2012:

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

furniturez from Washington on August 08, 2012:

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?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 29, 2012:

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!

beingwell from Bangkok on July 27, 2012:

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

snigdha.s from India,mumbai on July 27, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 27, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2012:

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

Voted up, useful, interesting and bookmarked

Shared too.

securityproducts3 on July 15, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 14, 2012:

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.

Olde Cashmere on July 14, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 12, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

@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?" :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 14, 2012:

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.

wendy on June 14, 2012:

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

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 01, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 31, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 25, 2012:

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!.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 20, 2012:

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.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 20, 2012:

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

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 20, 2012:

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

Thank you, Vocalcoach!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 20, 2012:

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

Jamie Brock from Texas on April 19, 2012:

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 :)

Tams R from Missouri on March 27, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 28, 2011:

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~

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 28, 2011:

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.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 27, 2011:

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!

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on December 22, 2011:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 14, 2011:

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

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on September 13, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 12, 2011:

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!

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 12, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 12, 2011:

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.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 01, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 01, 2011:

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

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 01, 2011:

Only have one hub, just joined yesterday.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 01, 2011:

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. :)

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on August 31, 2011:

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.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 30, 2011:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 26, 2011:

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" :)

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 01, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 27, 2011:

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?

Sandy Jauregui from Sanger on June 26, 2011:

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...:))

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 12, 2011:

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!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 12, 2011:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

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 :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2011:

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! :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 06, 2011:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 05, 2011:

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!