This past weekend, it was (oddly) about 80 degrees and sunny here in Kansas in March. The weather felt great because I’m ready for May, although it’s not nearly May yet! There were even bees and wasps buzzing around. Amid all the springtime glory was a reminder of some of the season’s less-than-desirable characteristics when I saw three ants crawling around my bathroom. OK, three ants isn’t a big deal, but three ants generally leads to many, many more ants–a problem I am anxious to nip in the bud. I can’t stand killing bugs, so I let the little guys outside, but I can’t be catching ants all summer.
Hence, I turned to the handy dandy kitchen pest control sidebar we feature in the current (March/April 2012) issue of Natural Home & Garden, excerpted from the excellent book The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier. This list is only a short sample of the many bugs and methods Karen includes in her book, so check it out if you have problems with pests not listed here or if these remedies don’t work for you. Or check out the remedies we list in this article from 2010. The Naturally Clean Home also includes more than 150 recipes for naturally cleaning every room in your home, a sampling of which can be found here.
Even the cleanest of kitchens are susceptible to unwanted visitors. Give bugs the boot with these quick remedies.
Ants: Wipe cabinets with a damp sponge and 6 to 8 drops peppermint or citronella essential oil. Then place 3 to 5 drops of the same oil on windowsills, doorway cracks and in the corners of cabinets under the kitchen sink.
Centipedes, earwigs, silverfish: Place several drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas that collect moisture such as basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.
Cockroaches: Sprinkle a mixture of washing soda and sugar in dark areas where roaches like to hide, but avoid this method if you have children or pets. It may be best to consult an exterminator.
Mice: Place sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your cabinets, or make a solution of 2 cups water and 3 teaspoons of peppermint essential oil and spray it wherever you find mouse droppings.
Mites and weevils: Place a few whole nutmegs in flour containers.
Other insects: Place loose bay leaves in kitchen cabinets.
Following a bright, dry and increasingly mild weekend in the northeastern U.S., a rainy midweek is in store for the region.
A storm which will bring the risk of flooding downpours early this week.
The resurgence of heat will come back with a vengeance this week as the highest readings so far this year will be rivaled.
Following the most significant rain event since last year, residents of the south-central United States may be wondering if more beneficial wet weather is on the way.
While lovers of springtime are often appalled by a snowy forecast after March 21, many major U.S. cities have received measurable snowfall well into April and even May.
Whilst Thursday was the warmest day so far this year across the United Kingdom, the mild air will hang on for this weekend's London Marathon and St. George's Day festivities.
Clear skies will allow many across Europe to view the peak of the annual Lyrid meteor shower on Saturday night.
The threat for heavy and locally strong thunderstorms will slowly shift eastward across the southern United States into Monday.