Summer is in full swing, and pests like ants, scorpions, cockroaches, bedbugs, ticks, spiders, and snails are all looking to put a damper on our summer fun. Over the years, victims of these pests have been frantically searching for effective pest control remedies to combat these unwanted invaders. Some work; some don’t. Some are just plain bizarre. Here are the top ten most bizarre pest control remedies:
Bet you didn't know that Home Improvement’s Al Borland was virtually a tick magnet. Blood-sucking ticks hide out in the trees and bushes on your property, waiting for an unsuspecting host to brush up against them… FYI that blood host is YOU or your pets. A little known fact; these ticks are known to jump onto flannel as they are attracted to the fibers. Tick Remedy: To get rid of ticks on your property, drag pieces of flannel tied to rope or string throughout your yard. Make sure the flannel passes through all the shrubbery in your yard, as these are the areas ticks lurk. You can hang your flannel shirt in a tree as well. The ticks will jump onto the flannel for a ride. When you’re done, check the flannel for ticks. Carefully remove them and place them in a bowl of disinfectant (bleach/water). If the number of ticks stuck to the flannel is substantial, disinfect the entire piece and dispose of it. Note: Fleas are also attracted to flannel.
Spider Remedy: Haven’t you heard the saying, “A pack a day keeps the spiders away?” The chemicals in cigarette smoke are bad for bugs, especially spiders, just like they are bad for humans. While cigarettes are effective killers of all things living, we don’t recommend picking up smoking to control your spider infestations. Read more about smoking being bad for bugs.
Snail & Slug Remedy:Are you in need of an inexpensive and simple method to get rid of garden slugs and snails? Simply buy them a beer. As it turns out, snails and slugs love beer just as much as the average person. Place empty pie tins randomly throughout your garden, and fill them about ½ an inch full of your favorite beer. Slugs and snails will slime their way into the pie tin, but will not be able to get out. Check the tins every morning, replace the stale beer, and discard the captured slugs and snails.
Ant & Roach Remedy:Having problems with ants or cockroaches… Just feed them cat food! While the thought alone of eating cat food would kill just about anybody, it’s especially effective at killing ants and roaches. Technically, it’s not the cat food that kills the pests, but the boric acid you mix with it. Here’s what you need:
¼ Cup Grape Jelly 1 Small Can Wet Cat Food 1 Teaspoon Boric Acid
Directions:Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of the cat food near foraging ants and cockroaches. In the case of ants; not only will they eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days. The cockroaches will also die after ingesting the boric acid laced cat food.
Wasp Remedy:Wasps are one of the worst summertime pests. That sentiment is magnified if you ever have to deal with a wasp’s nest on your property. One solution is to buy or build your own fake wasp nest. It’s like a scarecrow for wasps! Many kinds of wasp are extremely territorial and will not build a nest within 200 yards of another one. Hang a scarecrow nest in the front yard, and one in back. Now you can enjoy your outdoor picnics!
Garden Pest Remedy:Tired of nuisance pests attacking your garden plants? Simply treat the bugs to bug juice! Collect by hand the nuisance pests, bugs, grubs or snails from your garden. Place the bugs into a blender, add water, and cover. Flip the switch, and make a bug smoothie. Dilute the bug smoothie, one part to twenty parts of water, to make bug juice. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle, and spray the juice on the leaves on the plants and flowers in your garden and backyard. This homemade bug juice/spray will keep the nuisance pests away.
Ant Remedy: If you are seeing trails of ants outside your home, or are even seeing some mounds or nests popping up, the answer may be simple… Feed the ants breakfast. Sprinkle a box of Cream Of Wheat near ant mounds or nests, and wherever you see foraging trails. The ants will gobble down the yummy breakfast cereal, and EXPLODE! The grains of wheat will expand in the ant’s stomach, causing them to burst. With any luck the ants will take some of the cereal down to the queen, and share. Note: Cornmeal is an equally effective substitute for treating ants.
Bedbug Remedy: Worried about bedbugs feeding on you while you sleep? Just let them feed on somebody else. For centuries the wealthy and prosperous, especially royalty and nobility, would hire servants to sleep on their floors near their beds. The thought is that blood-sucking bedbugs would feed on the dirtier and less affluent host. This practice still continues today in countries like India. Of course we know today that bedbugs play no favorites, and even frequently infest the beds of celebrities.
Bedbug Remedy: Research from the UK suggests that my wife should stop shaving her legs, as hairy skin can help prevent bedbugs from biting. Worried about getting bit by bugs like mosquitoes, bedbugs, or ticks on your face or neck… just grow a long beard. I’m talking a Duck Dynasty style beard. The UK study showed that body hair is highly beneficial to people, because it helps deter bed bugs in two ways: by increasing the time it takes for the insect to find a suitable spot to start sucking blood, and by helping people feel them crawling on the hair; across their skin. The next time you go on vacation, make sure it’s not ruined by bedbugs by growing out your body hair.
Scorpion Remedy: One of the best scorpion exterminators around just happens to be a chicken. Scorpions are like candy to a chicken. Set a few clucking chickens free in your yard everyday and watch as they hunt the stinging scorpions. When your property is clear, return them to their coup. Just make sure all of your chickens are hens, or your neighbors will really love you come 5:00 AM! Unfortunately, chickens can do very little for any scorpions inside your home, unless you want to deal with feathers, and excessive bird droppings on your kitchen floor!
If the thought of buying a bunch of chickens to patrol your property, growing out your leg or armpit hair, picking up smoking, or making bug smoothies is too much to fathom; look for an easier and more effective alternative to combat your pests. Get Bulwark Pest Control instead.
Bed Bug Professionals: Thomas: I’m Thomas Ballantyne with Bulwark Exterminating. This is A.J. Richards with K-9 Bed Bug Inspectors. A.J. Richards: Yes. Thomas: And it’s K-9BedBugInspectors.com. We have in front of us live bed bugs. A.J.: Yep. He’s alive. Thomas: So bed bugs do exist in Arizona. We had a home we treated, or inspected yesterday. A.J. actually does inspections for bed bugs with his dogs. His dogs have been trained to sniff out bed bugs, their scent, a very effective way of determining whether you actually have bed bugs or not. So, this little guy here is ready to feed and so he’s moving around pretty quick. A.J. actually has an allergic reaction to bed bugs. He‘s let them feed on him before. Do you have a, where’s your arm? Is it still… A.J.: Yeah, you can still see the scarring. This is all scarring right here, the brown, that’s about two months old, these patches. Over here on this side, that’s the latest feeding, actually by this guy about two, three weeks ago. So, he’s hungry. So that’s what’s left. Thomas: He hasn’t been fed for two or three weeks, and you’ve got to keep him alive so you can continue to train your dogs. A.J.: Yep. Thomas: Yep. That’s what all these little vials are for. So, at any rate, I know when you go into these houses, you’ve got to be a little freaked out, you know, thinking you might be able to pick some of these up with your shoes… A.J.: Yeah. Thomas: …or what not. A.J.: Yeah, always, always. So, I mean, I’ve got to be very careful, not only myself, but my dogs… Thomas: Right. A.J.: …because they hide in their fur, that kind of thing. So, we’ve got to be real cautious that we don’t take them home. I’m, I’m, I can tell you that my wife wouldn’t be satisfied with living conditions if I brought these guys to the house. Thomas: *Laughs.* You don’t want to do a video on how fast a home gets infested. A.J.: Right. Thomas: So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to recommend to A.J. that he protect himself. And I believe this will do it. This is bug repellent. Nothing fancy, but… A.J.: Over the counter, typical stuff. Thomas: …over the counter, typical stuff. This one doesn’t have any DEET in it. This is a fragrance-free, Picaridin is the active ingredient. So, what we’re going to do, since this guy’s ready to feed, typically if you put him on your arm, he’d immediately begin to feed, I’m going to spray my arm down with this, let it dry, and then we’re going to put it on my arm and see if he actually will try to feed. Do we need to, uh… A.J.: Rub it in there a little bit. Thomas: I need to rub it in there, but I can’t…can I use my other hand? A.J.: Yeah, just don’t use your forearm. Thomas: Okay. We’re trying to keep it separate so that, I am actually going to let it feed on me. I know, kind of gross. But, we’re going to use my other arm to see if it will feed on me as soon as I put it on my other arm. So… A.J.: Thank goodness that’s fragrance free. Thomas: Yeah. A.J.: Yeah. Thomas: *Laughs* I know. A.J.: Good? So I find that they like that real meaty part of the forearm, so we’re going to put him right there, and he should go right to it. So, if he keeps moving, the he’s probably trying to avoid the spray, I would say, because anytime I’ve done it, instantly. And we’ll see on your other arm if that holds true. Thomas: Yeah, he’s not biting. Oh, oh! Oh, just kidding. A.J.: *Laughs* Thomas: Nothing. Actually, when he bites, you can’t even feel it, right? Because they inject their… A.J.: Right, the saliva on the tip of their little sucker has a little anticoagulant, so the blood flows freely and an anesthetic so you don’t feel it. Thomas: Oooh, it kind of tickles actually. A.J.: Yeah. But, uh, yeah, it looks like he’s trying to avoid, avoid your arm. Shall we see what happens on the other one? Thomas: Yeah. I, I’m pretty happy with not being bitten right now, so…so do you speculate that the um, uh, the bug repellent is damaging to the bug, or is it just literally a repellent? A.J.: I, I would say, my best, you know, speculation would be that they’re just avoiding it. Thomas: Okay. I really don’t want to do this right now. I really don’t want a little vampire stuck in my arm. Look at that, dude. A.J.: There you go. Thomas: Ah! Seriously. Oh! A.J.: Straight to eating. Straight to eating. Thomas: Uh! Okay, you can take him off now. Ah! A.J.: You can’t even feel him. You got… Thomas: I know! I know! Man, I just don’t like him sitting there. A.J.: Thomas, you’ve got to let him fill up. Thomas: No, look at that dude, this is gross! A.J.: You can’t, just think, it’s like a mosquito, Thomas: No! A.J.: Yeah. You’ve got to let it… Thomas: I don’t like mosquitoes. I’ll squash it right now. Can I slap it real quick? A.J.: No, I need him. Are you done? Thomas: Okay. Yeah, I’m done. Dude, I was done five seconds ago. Ah, come on! Thanks. A.J.: Alright, well, I’ll go ahead and feed him because I need him. And then I’ll let you guys see, we’ll watch and see the change in the size. But, you noticed, he wouldn’t even leave the paper as soon as he reached it, see? I had to kind of drag him off. See? There you go. Drag him off the paper because… Thomas: He’d already started feeding. A.J.: He was starting to feed, and um, that actually happens in real life. They don’t necessarily crawl on you as much as they will just reach up from the bed. So you’ll see people if they lay on their side, you’ll see dots all down their side because, there, like he’s doing right there, they’re just going to reach up and feed and then walk away so they’re in a line. So, um… Thomas: So it’s not like bad manners not to actually sit on the arm, huh? A.J.: Yeah, it’s not bad manners. So, anyway… Thomas: He’s just trying to be polite. A.J.: You know, I can actually feel… Thomas: No elbows on the table. A.J.: Yeah, I can actually feel him right now and the camera wouldn’t pick it up, but you can see his little straw-like sucker sticking into my arm. -Bulwark Exterminating Pest Control & Bed Bugs