Even in a semi-arid zone there are problems with insects. Some are a nuisance, some damage/destroy crops and some are dangerous. Here are some tips to help you cope.
Bite Prevention: Have you ever noticed that some people are seldom bitten by bugs and others seem to be bite magnets? Some of it may have to do with diet. There are two herbs we use to help keep the bugs away; cayenne and oregano. The idea is to make sweat smell unappealing to the insect hordes. Both have helped but the oregano has been the most useful.
Skin-so-soft by Avon isn’t helpful, you can find that information on their website. They do have a line of bug repellents.
Bite Treatment: This information is only for minor bites and stings. If the person is allergic or shows signs of allergy such as swelling of the mouth, tongue or throat, it is an emergency matter.
There are several remedies that I’ve had success with in dealing with stings and bites. Baking soda in a thick paste can help draw bee venom out. So can tobacco leaves, but finding someone willing to sacrifice a cigarette might be problematic. Oats and cornstarch in a bath can also help the itchiness from bites and stings.
Evening BBQ: Citronella can be a deterrent in the evenings when mosquitoes are out and about. Electric bug zappers aren’t helpful. If you have a fire pit, insects aren’t all that fond of smoke.
In the Garden: There are two “alternative” methods of handling insects in the garden. The easiest is companion planting. Insects are attracted and repelled by scent, and some companion plants can keep the bugs away. One of the most common used is marigolds. Look at the chart to see which garden plants are helped by companion planting.
The second method is gross, but it works. My mother kept two blenders. The kitchen blender was for food. The shed blender was for bugs. She would gather up potato bugs, put them in the blender and then spray the results on the potatoes. We usually had a great potato patch…and very few potato bugs.
Ultrasound: We have two units, one in the kitchen and one in our travel trailer. The trailer used to have a serious problem with ants. Once that unit was plugged in, the ants left. They haven’t returned to the kitchen, either.
There are other insect prevention and remedies available on the market, but some of them aren’t healthy for humans. Finding a natural way of handling them is much safer.