Summer has arrived and everything’s in bloom. Not a nice time for hay fever sufferers and dreaded by many Barbeque enthusiasts. Not only is it the hot season but also the insect season.
Whilst most people try not to let the little bugs spoil the summer fun, many hit the shops for insect repellents.
What I hate about these products is the amount of chemicals that goes into them.
Wouldn’t it be much nice to repel annoying insects with the help of natural oils?
If you’re planning a big Barbeque feast, here’s a natural essential oil outdoor fly repellent:
- Clean out a small tin with a lid.
- Take a clean piece of cloth or a small piece of dish sponge able to fit into the container. Saturate it with one of the following oils (after it has been diluted appropriately, see Tips):
- Lavender oil – lavender is considered to be particularly effective against flies
- Citronella oil (dilute with water first)
- Eucalyptus oil (dilute with water first)
- Pennyroyal oil (dilute with water first)
- Peppermint oil (dilute with water first; likely more effective against mosquitoes but also considered to work against horse-flies)
- Lemongrass oil (dilute with water first)
- Place the cloth in the tin and shut the lid. Allow to sit for 24 hours.
- Use. Whenever you need to use the tin, remove the lid and place on the entertaining table. Make as many as you wish to put around the entertaining area to deter flies.
- Replenish the oil after each use; once open to the air, the strength weakens and needs to be topped up.
and here is how to build a cheap and quick mosquito trap:
You will need:
2000ml (2 liter) bottle
50 gram (brown?) sugar
1 gram yeast
1. Cut the top of the bottle as shown
2. Put 200ml hot water in the bottle, stir with 50gram brown sugar. Put the sugar water in cold water to cool it down til 40C (temperature).
They use a bigger container with cold water – put the small cup that they use to make sugar water in that container and that stick is a thermometer because they want the sugar water to cool down to 40C (temperature).
3. After cooling down, put the sugar water in the bottle then add the yeast.
4. When you cut the bottle, dont throw the top part away because that’d be needed for step 4 – you see they put the top upside down to fit into the bottle.
5. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitos like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.
Mosquitos fly around the corner, so the best place to place the trap is at some dark corner.
TIPS: Put the trap in some dark and humid place for 2 weeks, you’ll see the effect. You’ll have to replace the sugar water + yeast solution every 2 weeks.
(source: diyhappy.com/quick-and-dirty-mosquito-trap/, wikihow.com/Make-Natural-Outdoor-Fly-Repellent-with-Essential-Oils)