Often gazing at our surroundings allows us to truly appreciate the world, one of the amazing gifts of living here in the South of France. The beauty of nature can have a profound effect on our senses. We have magnificent starry nights but during the early spring days and certainly in summer, we do encounter little “pests”, creepy crawlies or flying little wonders. It’s the stingy ones, we’d rather not encounter in our private little haven or on our dogs. Let’s not try to ward them off with chemical products but give some natural DIY products a go.
In my gran’s old notebook I found some wonderful DIY tips that really seem to work well, so I’d like to share them with you. In a zero waste effort these homemade products are worth giving a go!
Anti ants tips
Summer is gradually in sight and ants might want to come in: scatter cloves near all entrances to the house.
If they are already in the house:
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of dried yeast
- 500 ml water.
- Dissolve sugar and yeast in water.
- Pour in shallow containers and distribute them throughout the house.
Anti flies tips
Stand castor oil, tomato or basil plants on a windowsill.
Alternatively, a few drops of peppermint oil in a jug of water will do the trick as well.
Make homemade fly papers:
- Combine 100 ml golden syrup with 1 tablespoon each of brown and granulated sugar.
- Cut six strips of brown paper.
- Soak the paper in the mixture overnight.
- Scrape off excess syrup, make a hole in the top of each strip and hang up near windows and doors.
Anti mosquitos tips:
Keep an open bottle of clove oil in the room to keep it free from mosquitoes.
Anti mice tips:
Put down bunches of fresh peppermint or chamomile, or saucers containing a little peppermint oil.
Anti wasps tips:
Wasps near the terrace table? Make your own trap:
- 250 ml water
- 4 teaspoons of honey
- a dash of vinegar
- a dark-coloured bottle with a narrow neck
- Heat the water and dissolve the honey.
- Allow it to cool.
- Add vinegar.
- Pour the solution into the bottle using a funnel.
- Stand the trap where the wasps are gathering.
Pest-free pets’ tips
I love all of my pets dearly, but I do want “clean” pets without fleas or ticks.
If a dog has fleas, scatter fresh walnut leaves on its bed or in its kennel.
Rid your dog or cat of flees with the following solution:
- Pour 2 tablespoons of vermouth into 1 liter of water and bring it to the boil.
- Cover the container and leave for a few hours.
- Rub the mixture into your pet’s coat and rinse off thoroughly and finally comb it through.
- If the fleas prevail, of course you take your pet to the vet for other treatment.
Let’s love nature around us and not kill what we don’t have to, but prevent these little disturbances of life!