Astar: Lotions and potions for banishing moths, weevils and ants
It’s that time of the year again when the rains come and with it the ants and moths move in.
I don’t want uninvited pests inside my house, and as much as I think I’m the cleanest and best housekeeper in the world, they come… and it’s open war. They can go and live some place else!
Today I’ll share a couple of my great lotions and potions for eliminating them – naturally – using products you will probably have in the pantry.
Herbal moth repellent
It’s much better than moth balls, the smell is pleasant and moths hate it!
½ cup whole cloves
½ cup whole black peppercorns
4 sticks whole cinnamon stick broken into small pieces
Small square of muslin or fine linen cloth
Ribbon for bending off
Mix all ingredients into a small bowl.
Place into middle of muslin or linen. Tie off and hang in closets or where you have a moth problem.
Weevil be gone forever!
I know how clean my house is, and I am beyond sure the bugs actually come in to my place already in the products i.e. flour etc –
This is what I do … freeze to kill them!
I have a compartment in my freezer and everything in the dry goods line gets stored for a good week or so.
Simply wrap product like flours, meals grains in plastic freezer bags. This kills the eggs this is where I put everything new coming in.
A good ant stopper or deterrent is good old fashioned every day white vinegar. Track down where the ants are coming into your home and liberally wash down all surfaces.
I put some into a spray bottle – at absolute full strength and spray down all entry points out side. Get right into bricks and concrete.
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup baking yeast
¼ to ½ cup molasses
Couple of pieces of flat card – business card size
Pastry brush or similar
Mix all ingredients well in a small container.
Use the pastry brush to coat surface of one side of card.
Place cards sticky side up in areas where ants travel.