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From: lisette ( -
Subject: Re: dealing with insects while living in a rural area
Date: May 8, 2012 at 6:10 am PST

In Reply to: dealing with insects while living in a rural area posted by Silvia on April 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm:

you need some good critters. Go to your local feed 'n seed store and get a martin house - purple martins, a breed of bird, are excellent for mosquito patrol and they do eat other insects as well. Bats are also a good critter, but put the bat house well away from your house. You do not want the bats in your own belfry, or attic, or anywhere in your house as bats can carry rabies. But bats, left to themselves, will not mess with humans. If you aer troubled with a biting fly infestation, get venus flytraps and set them about the house.

Now, to protect your skin - limonene is a non-toxic bug repellent that works well. I've had good luck, for self and dogs, with a mix of water, pennyroyal oil, tea tree oil, cedar oil, limonene, and lavender and sage oil. I'm not so sure that any one of these ingredients is essential, but the mixture seems to work. Now, there are a lot of people who absolutely cannot stand that heavy an "herbal" smell.

Do you know for sure what all the bugs are? fleas can infest a yard or house and re-emerge in the spring, even if there have been no animals living there for quite a while. Diatomaceous earth is a good solution to a flea problem, and it's available at most feed stores too. Just sprinkle generous amounts around the yard and on your floors; indoors, let it sit a while and then sweep most of it up. It works by piercing the fleas' carapace, not by poison, so it's pet and people safe.

good luck!

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