It`s summer and most people are excited to enjoy the nice weather, but outdoors has its own way of bringing pests into their lawns, gardens, and homes. And, there is nothing more annoying than bugs buzzing in your ears, crawling around, and biting you.
Just imagine you are enjoying in your garden and a buzz seems to be coming from everywhere! But, prior turning to a spray of pesticide, consider the following!
Pesticide and You
Although reaching for a bottle of pesticide is the easiest way to deal with these pests, you are actually doing more harm than good. Pesticides are extremely toxic and are designed to kill. They are available in many different forms, from powders and sprays to fogs and crystals. While you are not a bug and you might wonder where is the harm, this doesn’t mean that they are not bad for you too. If a substance is bioaccumulative, your system will continue collecting it without a way to flush it out from the body. Therefore, while short term exposure to pesticides might be trivial, continual use comes with its own set of health risks.
Health Effects of Pesticides
If you are frequently exposed to pesticides at home or work, the chances are you are at risk of overexposure. This may lead to:
- Irritation to eye, nose, and throat
- Damage to central nervous system and kidney
- Increased risk of cancer
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Muscular weakness
Continual exposure to pesticides causes far more dangerous symptoms. Specifically, being exposed to pesticides can lead to cancer, damage to the kidneys and liver, and disruption of the endocrine system.
Sadly, most American homes have certain form of pesticide or pesticide residue in their homes, which leaves countless people at risk of exposure.
Homemade Pest Solution
The good news is that you don’t have to live with these pests, nor do you have to put your health at risk by using conventional pesticides. While a clean home is something everyone strives to keep, we cannot catch them all!
The following recipe is completely safe to use on the annoying pests instead of using detrimental insecticides. It uses natural ingredients only, such as essential oil. Although it is not designed to kill them, it is ideal for repelling them for good.
- Spray bottle
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
- 20 drops of basil essential oil
- 50 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix the vinegar, water, and essential oils in a spray bottle. Seal well and shake to combine the ingredients. Spray in areas you notice pests such as under doors and windowsills. Give it a good shake prior each use.
With this recipe you will be able to keep pests at bay while keeping your family members safe from detrimental conventional pesticides.