Mosquitoes and flies
Take a ripe orange and insert cloves in it, the smell it produces will keep mosquitoes away.
Burn lavender oil in an oil burner. You can also use lemon grass oil. It works just as well.
What eats your clothes is not the adult moth, are the larvae. The adult moth lay their eggs on your clothes, especially those which have been stored dirty. When the eggs hatch and the larvae come out, they need to feed, so they feed on your clothes.
If you have wall to wall carpeting and you have moths, place a wet towel on top of the area where you notice their damage. Place a very hot iron on top of the towel and press the option for steam. The steam and the heat will finish up the bothersome pests.
- For larva moths that eat your sweaters ans cotton clothes, it is best to use cedar oil or naftaline.
- Place a bag full of naphthaline balls inside your closet, high above your clothes so they don’t come in contact, and that pungent smell doesn’t impregnate your clothes.
- You can also mix a few drops of cedar oil in a spray bottle with water. Spray your closet with this mixture once a week. It has a pleasant smell and it will save your clothes from being devoured by larva moths.
- Place naphthalene pellets in a glass jar. Open holes on the lid using a nail and hammer. Place the jar inside your closet. The naphthalene vapors will build up to toxic levels to both the adult moth and larvae. They will escape thru the holes and circulate around your closet. This is an effective way to control these pests that attack your textiles.
Cockroaches come in your house during the hot season, they lay eggs and these hatch. Pretty soon you will have a big colony of roaches of all sizes. It is very difficult to keep them at bay, but you can try some of these homemade recipes:
- Mix borax and condensed milk. Make little balls and place them in the corners of your house. Cockroaches will eat them attracted by the sweetness in the condensed milk. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
- Spray Sodium Octaborate in crevices all around your house.
- Use Chinese chalk to draw a line around the areas you want to protect from roaches. (I am not so sure about this one)