3 Tried and True Methods of Killing Insects

We have reached that time of year when we thank God that the onslaughts of summer stinging, biting and swarming insects have ceased their stinging, biting and swarming. Phewwwwww….

Oh wait, here come the fall insects! Ants, Lice, Mites, Fleas, Asian Beetles, Boxelder Bugs, Bedbugs, Earwigs, Millipedes, Centipedes, Cluster Flies, Silverfish, Cockroaches, Worms, Squash Bugs and Stink Bugs…. to name a few. Yuck!

A Flea
A Flea… It gives me the willies every time I see it!

No, we are not out of the woods. They are in wait to storm our castles and wage war for our territory. Some of these invaders; bite, sting, stink, eat, destroy, spread disease and some just invade in droves.

Never fear!   And take heart; there are all-natural solutions which do not poison your family while killing these invaders – dead, dead and yes, dead.

  1. Diatomaceous Earth: is brilliant stuff! D.E. (as many call it) is small diatoms or crushed up sea shells. D.E. has microscopic, jagged edges that make cuts on the shell or body of an insect that crawl over it or slide through. These cuts cause the insects to seep water through their exterior protective coating which, in turn, dehydrates and kills. Diatomaceous Earth (use food grade only) is perfectly safe for people and animals to eat. You have consumed it for most of your life. It is used in many prepared foods. Apply it by dusting the D.E. powder with a sifter or fine mesh strainer onto the infected areas, creating a thin layer. Doorways, gardens, pet fur etc. Wear a face mask and goggles when you are applying the D.E. as it is essentially glass and inhaling it into your lungs or subjecting your eyes to glass particles is never a good thing. Keep this in mind if you are treating your pets or animals with D.E. and take precautions. Diatomaceous Earth can be purchased at farm supply stores, online or at nurseries.
  1. Pure Neem Oil: Modern research has shown that Pure Neem Seed Oil is non-toxic to people and animals and is a very effective insecticide, fungicide, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral agent. It is an insecticide that will kill over 400 species of insects at all lifecycles such as eggs, larva and full grown insects. While it can harm beneficial insects, it does not kill earthworms, unlike D.E. One other thing to note is that Pure Neem Oil is a contraceptive when taken internally. Pure Neem Oil can be purchased at farm supply stores, online or at nurseries.
  1. Essential Oils: Using diffusing reeds and or mixing up a spray of witch hazel, carrier oil such as sunflower or extra virgin olive oil and essential oils can repel insects from taking hold and clinging to that which you hold dear. The most effective essential oils are: Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Clove, Citronella, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Thyme and yes I am sorry to say Patchouli (I cannot stand this scent, but there you go).

12 thoughts on “3 Tried and True Methods of Killing Insects

  1. ! Lifting it up, I power saw, to my outstanding surprise, tons of big(p) stagnant bootleg ants (possibly carpenter ants), and many, many smaller ants , the regular ants that we all get word outdoors, the ones that clear a parade towards even a crumb of sweets on the background.

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  2. Perfect timing. I was thinking just the other day that I need to mix up some tic spray for when we’re out in the woods.
    As for fleas, we had a bad outbreak in the spring which we seemed to get on top of but are ready and armed with salt, which we plan to spread liberally onto the floorboards then sweep up later. It’s supposed to be brilliant flea killer!

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  3. Reblogged this on Blisters, Bunions & Blarney and commented:
    I haven’t added to the “Knowledge Cooperative” in a while, but I just love Rachel’s blog, it’s chocker full of practical homesteading and small holding advice. This article offers great tips for dealing with your pests. Have to vouch for Peppermint oil for discouraging rodents from your house too – although, can be a bit headachy if you are too lavish with it. I can never get enough of lemon, sandalwood, and cedarwood though.

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  4. “Regarding the killing of insects, naturally, — the other day, I accidentally found out what kills ants, large ants and small ants. I had a cup of coffee (instant coffee, with milk and with real sugar), drank the coffree and left about an inch of coffee in the bottom of the mason glass coffee mug. I set the mug down outdoors, where I was sitting. Later on that day, I totally forget the mug was there, under the outdoors’ chair. I went into the house.

    Coming out into the morning, I realized my coffee mug was missing, and I found it there, outdoors under my chair. Lifting it up, I saw, to my great surprise, tons of large dead black ants (possibly carpenter ants), and many, many smaller ants , the regular ants that we all see outdoors, the ones that make a parade towards even a crumb of sweets on the ground.

    All those ants were dead, and I wasn’t even trying to kill insects. An accidental find, for sure. So I am trying small tuna cans around with the same coffee mix. In just a few hours, there were lots of ants in the tuna cans. You must cover the bottom surface with the coffee, not just a drop of coffee but perhaps about three tablespoons or so, and you might be successful in getting rid of your ants, quite naturally.

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