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Country Bug Spray

For country folk
and those averted by insects ๐Ÿ˜‰

I recently moved out to the rural countryside and I wasn’t financially secure enough to get a pest control place come and spray my home, so, after months of trial and error (and much misery and terror!), I created a natural, organic, DIY insect repellant and bug spray that is incredibly effective.

I had an infestation of clicking beetles, stink bugs, spiders, and even carpenter ants. This spray completely wiped them out. And its potency doesn’t require a sacrifice of quality.

The ingredients I used are nine, all together. The eight essential oils I use in this blend control spiders, mosquitos, stink bugs, some flies, and I will give you a neat tip at the end to mitigate clicking beetles ๐Ÿ™‚

Thus, without further ado:

Country Pest Repellant and Control Spray:

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Bonus Tips: The Lights Routine for Clicking Beetles and Stink bugs

Although this is most effective against clicking beetles, stink bugs have responded well once I started using the spray.

As much as these beetles cannot be eradicated without spray, this trick should mitigate problems with most nocturnal beetles in areas you particularly want them away from.

Personally, I mostly wanted them kept from my bedroom and my indoor garden (clicking beetles can destroy crops). Thus, I chose a space I’d rather they be in and I turn on a light there that can be indirectly found from the room I wanted them away from. For some reason, they prefer white light rather than yellow light, so LEDs can be effective here.

I turn off lights in all rooms that I want them away from once the sun starts going down, and I turn on the “hub” light at the same time. At the latest, I do this an hour before bedtime. I will leave the doors to the dark rooms open so that any that migrated in there during the day will be attracted out to the light.

If you have an infestation of them, it can take about three hours for them all to migrate out, I had found.

After that, if I absolutely need to use a light in my room (or in any of the dark/safe rooms) I try to use a yellow light, out of sight from the door, and I also block the bottom of the door so that it cannot attract anything.

This was helpful when I had an infestation of clicking beetles–often, before I used the spray, I often would have 7 migrate out of my room that I would then attempt to catch under cups before they hid. Terrifying, but the lights trick worked. Thus, I still use this method as a companion to the spray.

I will say this, however, the lights method most likely will not cure your infestation. The lights only cause the beetles to move to a different area; thus, whatever your “hub” area is will be their new favorite place and they will be seen there.

The thing about clicking beetles is this: They love light at nighttime and dark in the daytime, thus, I also keep my curtains open in my room and garden all day long so it is nice and bright, to prevent them from being attracted there in the first place.

So, here’s the rule: safe rooms (nocturnal beetle free spaces) must be light in the daytime and dark at nighttime.

Asian Lady Beetles
Thus far, I have not found a fool-proof 100% treatment for “Invasive lady bugs”. You can tell the difference between harmless lady bugs and the invasive asian lady beetles, by the markings between their head and shell. Asian lady bugs have an “m” on their “neck” area, whereas regular lady bugs do not. Regular lady bugs also do not tend to invade homes, but asian lady beetles do. They look exactly the same other than the “m” marking. Asian Lady beetles are harmful to crops, and annoying, that’s really mostly the issue with them. They can also come in droves and hang around windows.

My spray has helped immensely with them, but is has not eradicated them. It does kill them on contact, however, but it doesn’t seem to 100% prevent them.

Thus, stay tuned for more natural pest control remedies for country folk!

Good luck out there!

Alyssa McClure

By Alyssa McClure

Popp!nTalk is a place I share all of my love and positive thoughts to stand out from all the negative and give you a place to put up your feet and rest- Whether that be during the workweek or on the weekends. Easy, quick reads to give you a smile and something pleasant to think about. Unique, entertaining, positive. Live on :) #loveisaverb

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