by Allie Brooks

During the spring and summer seasons, trees come back to life, and flowers bloom, making the air fragrant and sweet.

Everything looks prettier and flourishing. BUT behind all these beautiful masks, stands a nasty wall of allergies, bugs, fleas and other obstacles that can annoy any type of life. To some, these natural predators are combated by using chemicals and pesticides that ultimately add to more environmental and health problems.

Treatments and cleaners for everyday things should not come with a warning label saying “not safe for pet” or “keep away from children”. There has been so many times where I have read a label for flea spray that has warnings to “keep of the pet’s skin”; leaving me to wonder how do I spray this chemical barrier, and is it even safe for my dog?

So what can one do to safely combat a problem? It’s easy. Fight nature with nature. To help jump start this movement to more natural options, I have explained some natural remedies for common household problems:

Fleas

Just the mention of this word makes me cringe. I hate these little pests and it seems that right when you get rid of them, your loving four-legged friends bring them right back in. Though flea flogging and other smelly and poisonous chemicals seem to work, there are better ways to combat the issue, while not having to evacuate your house or making it smell like a Sharpie marker for days.

All you need is about 12 bucks, a shifter, and a vacuum cleaner. The ingredients are easily found at just about every home improvement store.

This recipe for this natural but deadly mixture is (covers about 2,700 sq ft.):

  • 4 cups of Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
  • 4 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Salt
  • Mix together, sprinkle on floor, let sit for a few hours to a few days, then vacuum.

Though this concoction sounds harmless, the effects seem malicious. The DE has shells in it that impale and kill the fleas, while Borax dehydrates them to the point of death, and the salt is a way to dehydrate the fleas and crush the eggs, which is often unharmed by normal flea sprays and foggers.

Garden Pests

When the warmer weather hits many people like to garden, and with gardening comes bugs that love to destroy your creations. But the garden pests sprays always have chemicals in them that smell awful and have restrictions on how many times you can use it in a season or warn to “not spray on day of harvest”.

Though there are many natural recipes to protect you plants, I would say don’t waste you time making them anymore. I used to separate and measure all the essential oils needed to repel bugs, but now this company, EcoSmart, does all the work for me. And best part you can spray whenever you want and it won’t hurt you, your animals, are plants. The ingredients are also easy to read:

Rosemary Oil ……………………………………….. 0.25%
Peppermint Oil ………………………………………0.25%
Thyme Oil …………………………………………….. 0.25%
Clove Oil ………………………………………………. 0.25%
Other Ingredients*………………………………. 99.00%
Total …………………………………………………. 100.00%

*Water, Mineral Oil (USP), Octadecenoic Acid Potassium Salt, Lecithin

Bug Bites

With nice weather comes bugs, and with bugs come bites and stings. An easy way to cure the burning and itching is to use veggies. You know that saying, “Cool as a Cucumber” well it actually means something. It has been a household remedy for years to aid burns and stinging bug bites. All you need to do is cut up this vegetable into circles and place on the infected area. Eggplant can also be used on bites to pull out the toxins and encourage healing. Plus during the wait, you got some snacks.

So why not combat nature with nature? It is a better option, a cheaper option, and a healthier option. Stay away from the confusing warning labels and often contradictory facts, and stay away from the hard to pronounce chemicals, that even a spelling bee champ couldn’t figure out.