Stink bugs: what are they and how do you get rid of them?

a brown stink bug

Featured image:Brown marmorated stink bug (Wikipedia) Stink bugs, you don’t even have to know exactly what they are to know that you don’t want them around you in your home, just the very name is off-putting! The insect’s title comes from its tendency to release an unpleasant odour when it is disturbed or crushed. The chemical …

Natural Ways to Fight Bugs and Pests without Pesticides in Your Garden

a beautiful natural pest free garden

There are so many reasons to avoid the use of chemical pesticides in your garden. For many sound ecological reasons, the number of people joining the green gardening bandwagon is increasing year on year whatever their motivations.  Going completely chemical-free is tricky but there are lots of things you can do which will alter and …

How to get rid of bed bugs with these essential oil sprays and mixtures

Bed bugs sound like something from another era but they are more common than you might think. A bit like head lice which perversely only like clean scalps and hair, bed bugs are not necessarily a hallmark of poor household care or dirty bed linen. What size are bed bugs? (Image source: usda.gov) What causes …

How best to repel mosquitoes and other insects from your baby at night

Mosquitoes are mostly active at night so it can be a real nuisance in the house hiding away in curtains and drapes particularly in the bedrooms.  Who hasn’t heard that telltale whine as you drift off to sleep? It is possible to open windows and let fresh air in if you also take certain steps …

How to make your own essential oil remedies for Scabies

white camphor plant

What Is Scabies? Scabies is a skin condition characterized by a distinctive red rash and unbearable itching that worsens at night.  Scratching of the rash creates open sores that can become infected and the skin may also blister. Globally, Scabies is estimated to affect around two million people at any one time.  The condition is …