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Don’t let the bed-bugs bite!

TENERIFE is a great place to be, with plenty of warm sunshine, all year round. But it’s not always that perfect, because there are, invariably, the annoying bugs and insects to bother us.

Many people use insect repellents that may contain harmful substances. These chemicals are detrimental to our wellbeing, and can lead to health issues.

Try to use a natural way in order to repel insects. There are many natural ingredients that are completely safe to use, and can provide better results than the chemical insect repellents.

Citrus peel

The peel of the citrus fruits can be used for rubbing the areas of the house that are more likely to have spiders, like bookshelves or windowsills.

Garlic

Eating plenty of garlic can help you to keep the mosquitoes away. When your body secretes the garlic, bugs will sense it, thus staying away from you. If you don’t want to experience garlic breath, you can also sprinkle garlic powder around your house!

White vinegar

This can be very effective in the case of ant problems. All you have to do is put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and apply to the areas of your home where ants may appear.

Herbs

Plant some fragrant herbs around the front and back door of your home,  to keep bugs from getting into your house. You can try basil, catnip, garlic, mint, citronella, lemongrass and bay leaves.

Keep a clean house

Keeping your house clean is an excellent way to keep pests away. You should dust, vacuum and wash all the surfaces with soapy water, regularly!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon can also help you to protect your home from bugs. If you sprinkle the cinnamon in a line around the bugs’ point of entry, they will not cross the line! Another interesting fact is that sprinkling cinnamon in children’s sandpits can also keep the bugs away!

Baby powder

Baby powder can be more effective than chemicals. Just sprinkle it around your home, and it will effectively repel those annoying pests.

Chalk

Ants avoid walking through chalk, so, if you want to eliminate them, just draw chalk lines around your home, and see the amazing results!

Cucumber slices

Slice a cucumber and leave it on your kitchen worktop. Ants do not like cucumber, so they will stay far away from your kitchen.

Onion

Slice some onions and toss them in a bowl of water. This will make the bugs run! In order to protect the plants in your garden, grow onion plants alonside them.

Sugar and baking soda

Cockroaches are attracted to sugar. Take equal parts of sugar and baking soda, mix them, and sprinkle in areas where roaches can appear. The sugar/baking-soda mix will affect their digestive systems, and eventually kill them.

Vanilla extract

You can prepare an insect repellent that does not smell like onions or garlic! Mix the vanilla extract with water, and add lemongrass extract, lavender, or mint extracts. This insect repellent will smell good ,and will effectively keep the pests away!

Wear light clothing

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark-coloured clothes, so consider wearing garments which are  light-coloured.

Relax

When we stress or sweat, our body releases pheromones and hormones that the bugs are attracted to. Try to calm down, because you are becoming a target for the bugs!

Citronella

Bugs do not like this lemony, grass-like plant at all! Citronella is found in many outdoor candles, lanterns and torches. It is one of the most-effective, natural insect repellents. You can use the candles, apply the oil on your skin, or plant citronella grass outside your home.

Use unscented toiletries

Bugs are naturally attracted to fruit and flowers. If you are using strawberry-mango shampoo, you are more likely to be their target. If you have a huge problem with bug bites, make sure to use unscented or fragrance-free body products.

Standing water

The fact that mosquitoes prefer to live in standing water indicates that you may be unintentionally inviting them to come in your home, so remove any containers that might be harbouring stagnant water,

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