Spiders! The word alone can cause chills to run up and down some people’s spines, but if those same people happen to spot a live one in their home—watch out—pandemonium ensues!
Even though spiders themselves are some of the best natural pest control you can have around your home, most people can’t tolerate living with them in order to get the benefit of them! We completely understand!
Instead of turning to toxic pesticides, which are not good for you or the environment, how about trying some natural ways to repel spiders from your home and keep them outside where they belong?
Here are nine very green ways to get rid of spiders…
Spiders hate peppermint! So an easy way to keep spiders from invading your house is to fill a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil and water, and then spray it around your home. Bonus: your home will smell like a candy cane—how festive!
You may not want to hear it but one of the BEST ways to repel spiders naturally is to keep a clean home! Regular vacuuming, dusting, and de-cluttering will keep spiders or any insects, for that matter, from making themselves at home in your home!
Spiders also don’t like white vinegar. This is similar to using mint, but instead fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water, and spray all the cracks and crevices around your home.
Cats are great spider control! Four- legged furry felines are great hunters and most certainly will not let a spider hang around your house for long. Say good-bye to the arachnids and hello to your new house pet!
These tips are just the beginning…stay tuned for Part 2 of How to Get Rid of Spiders Naturally to learn the other five great ideas!
Source: Natural Living Ideas
If you’re fortunate enough to escape for a few days during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, good for you! However, we’re pretty sure you don’t want to bring back any unwanted guests from your rendezvous….like BED BUGS!
In order to ensure a bedbug-free holiday, try these handy tips from an entomologist for checking out your hotel room for these annoying, blood-sucking hitchhikers! We’d like to give a big shout-out to Wired.com for this excellent information!
First things first though—there are some tools you will need to start your bedbug search. These include a flashlight or the flashlight feature of your phone. Use your phone to take photos of anything suspicious and share them with the hotel management so they can take the proper action to eradicate the problem!
1. Put your luggage in the bathtub when you arrive. It might sound odd, but it’s really a good idea! Luggage is one of the main ways bedbugs travel from location to location, so you need to keep a careful eye on where you are putting it in your room. Since the bathroom has the fewest places for bed bugs to hide and is the most carefully cleaned part of a hotel room, you should store your bags in the tub initially. Bed bugs cannot climb up or down the porcelain, so the tub is safe. Don’t forget to take your bags out of the shower when you need to clean up!
2. Go on a bed bug hunt! Now, it’s time to have fun. Once your bags are safely tucked away in the bathtub, get ready to get busy! You are looking for the bugs themselves or their droppings, which look like coffee grounds. Pull the bed away from the wall if you can. Shine your flashlight behind headboards and under beds. Strip the bed, right down to the mattress and box springs to see what’s underneath the sheets and mattress pad. Lift the mattress and box springs up and look around. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it…trust us! You do not want to bring bed bugs back to your home for Christmas, or any time of year, for that matter! Pay special attention to the seams of mattresses and the box springs as well. These are spots the bugs like to hide in.
3. Check your sheets the next morning. When you get up the next morning, look for little blood stains or tiny rusty spots on your sheets. You see, after feeding, bed bugs poop, creating brown stains from your clotted blood. Also, check your own body for bites. Not everyone reacts that same way though. Some people have very little reaction, while others become very red and inflamed at the sight of the bite. Additionally, don’t use luggage racks, closet shelves, or drawers until you feel pretty sure that they are free from bed bugs!
So, there you have it—3 helpful ways to help you avoid bed bugs in hotels. We hope this helps you stay bedbug- free this holiday season! Merry Christmas!