Hi Lifehacker, Bug season is coming again — yesterday I was invaded by two friendly massive flies. I'm living in a share house so my time out of the room is limited. How can I avoid/limit bugs coming into my room? It would be nice to be able to work without the bugs saying hi every four seconds in front of my face. Thanks, Debugger
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Apparently, flies hate the smell of cloves. Hanging whole ones in a small square of cheesecloth and putting it wherever flies congregate should be an effective way to keep them off your turf. Cucumbers, meanwhile, are anathema to ants: place fresh slices near cracks and other areas where ants may enter the home and replace them intermittently.
Growing pennyroyal mint right outside your door or spraying peppermint oil near cracks and windowsills has also been shown to keep bugs at bay. To add some romance to your bedroom, make a DIY beeswax candle mixed with citronella, eucalyptus or cedar oil.
For fleas, try bundling two parts fresh spearmint, one part fresh thyme and one part fresh wormwood inside a pouch or small pillow. Popular natural spider repellents include lemon juice, lavender soap, mint leaves, chestnuts, dish washing liquid and moth balls.
Citronella, catnip, rosemary and marigolds are all said to be good mosquito repellents when crushed and rubbed on the skin. You can also make a homemade anti-bug solution using a blend of vodka, castor oil, aloe vera juice and different essential oils to combat specific pests.
We can't personally vouch for any of the above remedies but a lot of people really swear by them. If you're not having much luck, the next step is to eradicate the insects in your home with a proven bug spray, then carefully seal off any cracks or crevices around the house to stop them from re-infiltrating your home.
We've also included a DIY pest control infographic from Part Select below. This has plenty of tips that will guide you towards a bug-free home:
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