Wednesday, May 18, 2011
It's Pesky Business!!
Summer comes early for us Floridians. Matter of fact, the running joke is that we don't have four seasons like other regions. We have two. Summer, and January.
I hate bugs. I know everyone hates them, (except for those rare individuals who find them fascinating). At any rate. We seem to be having trouble with flies. And here in Florida, we don't have normal houseflies. We have these huge, pre-historic looking "blow flies" that are huge and have attitudes. Vile, disgusting creatures. Flying mutant germs. Flying filth. I HATE them.
So I've been thinking what can I do to get rid of them without spraying poison. I have children, and pets, and poison is just not a consideration. At. All. So after much googling and reading, I have come to the following ideas on how to combat this vermin.
A spray bottle of half Pine Sol and half water. Okay, okay yeah it's a chemical. But here's the deal... I found a bottle in the back of my cupboard and I will not hesitate to use it if it works but no I don't plan to buy any more of it. Stupid to waste what I already have on hand.
Since we have piggies, (Guinea pigs), evidently from what I've read I can toss a few handfuls of their cedar bedding (cedar wood shavings) around my porch/flower bed area and that will make our home less attractive. Flies don't like the cedar oil.
Other essential oils that deter the disgusting things are eucalyptus, peppermint, (which I won't use since hubby is allergic to peppermint), and lavender. Oh.. and citronella. Put the oil in your oil burner and supposedly the flies will pack their little fly suitcases and leave. Sounds good to me. :)
Lets see it it really works. ;) Anyone else have any good "natural" ideas that arent too gross? The swatting is seriously gross and after killing ten in row, I tend to start spazzing. Hoping to cut down on that. LOL Hmmm. Think I'll go for the lavender. No flies and calmness for me. LOL Sounds like just what the doctor ordered! :)