Tricks for living (with bugs) in the tropics

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Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, grab a small glass, fill it half way with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, then mix well. This sweet smelling remedy attracts fruit flies to their demise!

Goodbye Fruit Flies

Adiós Mosquitoes

Tuck a dryer sheet into your pocket, and not only will you have the ever-so-fresh smell all day, it will also keep the mosquitoes away.

Adiós Mosquitoes

Au revoir Ants

Create small piles of cornmeal around the house wherever  you see ants. They eat the cornmeal, take it “home”, share with the colony but can’t digest it. It may take a week or so (especially if it rains) but this non-hazardous, pet and children safe remedy works like a charm!

Au revoir Ants

Wa ki liao Weeds

When gardening, add wet newspaper in layers around your newly potted plants (be sure to mix the nutrients well with soil prior), cover with mulch and voila, the weeds will not be able to get through!

Wa ki liao Weeds (Photo from New York Times)

Hasta la vista garden pests

You’ll need neem tree leaves for this remedy. Once sourced, boil, cool then spray the area around your vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the aroma of this natural insect repellant is not so pleasant but the trade off is YOU get to eat what you grow.

Hasta la vista garden pests

Fins aviat flies

Flies can put a damper on any breakfast or lunch affair (not so pesky at night) but we’ve discovered a new way to keep them away! Just hang a clear bag of water in the ceiling and magically they disappear!

Fins aviat flies

Ciao cockroaches

Definitely very high on our ‘get of rid bug’ list, these little creatures can be eradicated by mixing together a one to one ratio of baking soda & granulated sugar. Place this lethal concoction in small containers around the house with another small container of just water next to it. Try it!

Ciao cockroaches

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