Today I wanted to put together a post that everyone would find helpful. With the end of August the flies seem to be gaining strength again as summer produce fills kitchen counters, and we're seeing a lot of readers looking for fruit fly solutions in particular. To help out, I've pooled all of our collective knowledge right here in this one post. Let me know if it's helpful and add any other tips you have in the comments below.
I live in Houston, Texas, otherwise known as the Mosquito Capital of the World. Those little buggers are everywhere. Sometimes they're not even deterred by bug spray. So what exactly are you supposed to do? Stop breathing, suggests this helpful article from The Atlantic. (Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you exhale.) But it also includes a link to a New York Times story with some more, er, practical advice. You may be surprised to learn that the #1 mosquito deterrent doesn't involve any chemicals at all — and it's something you probably have at home already.
It's the middle of summer and the mosquitos are out and hungry. We have lots of tips and tricks to beat them, but my favorites are the ones you light. Here are five that use natural ingredients — perfect if you're looking for a seasonal housewarming gift or if you simply want to treat yourself.
Whether you're just in your backyard or off somewhere in the woods camping overnight, these DIYs will help you enjoy your time spent outdoors. Some are pretty simple, while others are more complex builds, but all are clever and worthy. Soon you'll be repairing river rafts with bubble gum and weaving your own tents from leaves.
At first I thought this soda can sized device was an ultrasonic sound mosquito repellent, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover the battery powered accessory utilizes plant-derived essential oils to naturally repel annoying warm weather bugs. Instead of a loud bug zapper, the tabletop repeller uses the cocktail of floral scents of geranium, peppermint and lemongrass to lightly perfume the air while creating a safe insect-free perimeter mosquitos, gnats, and midges find as annoying as you find their buzz in your ear and bites on your rear.
We got the dreaded note last week informing us that our son has a classmate with head lice. Of all highly contagious childhood maladies, few are skeevier. Lice don't last long without feeding on a host (your head), but the more heads in your house, the higher the chances of lice making themselves comfortable in your home. So what do you do?
Since I moved to Brooklyn, ants have been invading my kitchen for several weeks each spring. Usually I buy commercial (and toxic) ant bait traps from my local hardware store, but this year I opted for an easy solution using two ingredients I had in my kitchen pantry. Here's how to make your own non-toxic ant killer.
The "paper cone of death" fruit fly trap is one way to kill those annoying little pests. But, the other day, when I was having trouble fitting a paper cone into my glass, I discovered an alternate solution that's just as effective!
I lived in Australia for several years and attended many a picnic or BBQ (and, no, there is no "shrimp on the barbie" because they eat prawns!). I noticed that at every outdoor meal, platters and plates of food were covered with mesh domes or tents to keep the pesky flies away.