People have been seeking safe, natural insect traps for centuries to escape using chemical methods. Although sometimes chemical methods may be necessary, especially during large scale infestations – natural techniques may be helpful when chemical alternatives are not available. These simple, inexpensive techniques can used in the home or in the garden to rid yourself of unwanted critters, even if it’s only temporary so that you can find more conventional means to exterminate completely.
Soap and Water
The soap and water trick is great for attracting flies, mosquitoes, and other small flying insects that invade your home and garden. Simply take a small glass bowl and fill it with 2 cups of fresh water. Add 1 cup liquid dish soap and 1/2 cup of sugar. The sugar attracts the insects to the water, and the soap and water kills the insects by poisoning them or drowning them, or usually both.
Carnivorous Plants & Animals
Carnivorous plants, like the Venus Flytrap, is a “green” way of reducing insects in your garden. By planting carnivorous plants near your garden or home, you are able to use this fascinating plant to consume small insects that may be harming your other plants, or may be bothering you and making a nuisance to you and your family. Be aware that their consumption is not huge. Consider making welcome habitat for bats and insect-consuming birds.
Spices and Herbs
Cinnamon, crushed red pepper, rosemary, and other strong-smelling herbs and spices seem to have a repellant effect on many insects, including ants, spiders, and fleas. Planting rosemary or sage in the garden may be helpful in deterring harmful insects from attacking neighboring plants in your garden bed.
This sweet smelling, sweet tasting treat is very attractive to many insects, not to mention many humans. Its stickiness creates a natural trap for insects. Once they are stuck in the honey, you can safely take them away from your property without killing them or spraying chemical pesticides in your home. Honey can be placed on a paper plate in the garden to trap most small insects. It isn’t advisable to use this trick inside the home, just in case your particular insects find some way to use it as a food source.
Finding a reliable pesticide or pest removal company may be helpful if insect infestation has reached large proportions in which natural remedies can’t control.