Crawling insects are all those insects without wings. Even if this term is not used correctly at entomological level, it is used to group all those species that infest and colonize gardens, gardens and indoor environments and that provide a certain uniformity in the disinfestant treatment. For this reason, in the classification of the most common creeping insects we find ants, cockroaches and fleas as well as spiders, cockroaches, mites and centipedes.
To get rid of this type of insect, the techniques are more or less similar to those used for winged insects, with the difference that you go to act directly on the adult insect and you can do the disinfestation at any time of the year.
You can intervene alone or rely on a professional and use liquid insecticides, sprayers and nebulizers or devices such as glue traps, dispensing guns and UV light lamps.
When it comes, for example, to mosquitoes, lemongrass is known to be effective but in the case of crawling insects the natural solutions are less well known. There is a tendency to use a chemical directly, and it is easy to find even in supermarkets. But although insecticides are certainly one of the most common solutions to eliminate crawling insects, there is no lack of natural remedies to get rid of these unwelcome guests. Let’s all discover them starting from the type of weed.
Ants are the most abundant animals on earth: there are more than 11,000 officially recognized species living in ant farms, very populous colonies that we have all, at least once in our lives, found in the country, on the street or even in our homes.
Even if they are not seen, they are present all year round in heated environments, but it is in spring and summer that they become intrusive because they go out in search of food.
They are hardworking par excellence and omnivorous, they play as a team in everything, especially when they need to eat. When they find a source of food, they get there following the same path and bringing the booty into their nest to share it.
To eradicate them is not always easy and to do so you must first locate their anthill, which can be found in cracks in the walls, in the floors, in the garden, in the tree heads and even very far from the place of infestation.
If the nest is not identified and it is not possible to act locally with a specific product, the most effective alternative is the poisoned bait, which exterminates the colony when the contaminated food is brought into the anthill. If you do not want to use pesticides, as they are harmful to health and the environment, you can resort to a series of natural remedies to keep ants away.
Natural Remedies to Eliminate Ants
Ants are unpleasant for some particularly strong smells, such as cinnamon, pepper, chili pepper and coffee, but also talcum powder and salt. Then you can create barriers at the ants’ access points or around the ants to trap them and prevent them from getting out.
You can also create a mixture of soap and water to be sprayed at the entrance of the anthill or in the corners where you noticed the passage.
If the ants have invaded your garden or garden, to prevent them from stealing seeds or carrying aphids, damaging the plants, you can follow these natural remedies:
A good method is to mix water and apple vinegar in equal parts, to be sprayed on the infested plant and around the ground, or place on the ground batuffoli of cotton wool soaked in this compound.
You can plant next to the ants-infested specimens of aromatic herbs or garlic, which have a particularly unpleasant smell to these animals. Or have strips of coffee and black pepper near the plants or in pots.
If you want a more drastic method, sprinkle the spot where you found the ants with a mixture of icing sugar, bicarbonate and brewer’s yeast. Ants will be attracted to sugar, but baking soda and brewer’s yeast will kill them.
Cockroaches, or even cockroaches, can pose a health risk because they carry diseases such as salmonella and some cause asthma and allergies.
This is why it is important not to underestimate their presence in the house, also because these animals reproduce easily and hide in places inaccessible to the eye.
They act especially at night and seeing many of them during the day means that there is a worrying infestation. In Italy there are about 400 different species, which differ in the habitat and climate in which they proliferate and reproduce.
Natural Remedies to Eliminate Them
Before deciding on intervention actions, a thorough inspection of the premises concerned should be carried out to identify the pest and assess the extent of the infection, where and how many hiding places and food sources there are. Afterwards, the area in which to intervene must be well defined to prevent cockroaches from taking refuge in areas that have not been treated with disinfectants. The best remedies are adhesive traps or pyrethrum-based sprays, which have a stale effect. Natural remedies also exist for cockroaches, but they often have a temporary effect and do not provide a permanent solution. Let’s discover some of them together:
The most unique of the natural remedies against cockroaches is to fill a container with wine and place it in places frequented by cockroaches. These animals, attracted by the smell of wine, will drink its juice and fall drunk in the container, dying drowned.
You can also make a Vaseline trap by cutting a plastic bottle in half and greasing the inner edges with Vaseline. Then place baits, such as fruit peels, inside the bottle and place the container in the infested areas. The cockroaches will be attracted by the smell of the fruit, but the jar will prevent it from coming out of the bottle.
Another trap can be prepared with a mixture of boric acid or baking soda powder, flour and sugar, forming small balls, to be placed in the areas of the house where the cockroaches are located. In fact, the flour and sugar in the mixture will attract cockroaches while boric acid or bicarbonate will kill them. Then you must continue to use the bait for at least two weeks to ensure that all cockroaches die, but you must be careful that they are not within the reach of children or pets, because this mixture is extremely toxic to all living things.
Excellent results can also be given by essential oils or spices, because cockroaches, like all insects, do not like strong smells. You can use pepper, garlic, vinegar, lemon, bay leaf, ammonia, rosemary or eucalyptus essential oils to distribute or spray in abundance in places at risk.
The species of spiders present in Italy are not harmful to man, but their spider webs and their appearance are very unpleasant. Very common in gardens is the cross spider, which weaves the typical cobwebs through the branches of plants.
Spiders infest dark and secluded areas and proliferate in environments where there are other insects such as flies or ants, which feed on them. In autumn, spiders come out of their hiding places and search for a companion.
Not everyone knows that they also bring advantages, because they eat insects such as cockroaches, mosquitoes, midges and reduce the presence of parasites such as cockroaches, flies and fleas, which can spread diseases.
Natural Remedies to Eliminate Them
You can carry out a disinfestation using specific insecticides for pyrethrum arachnids, but there are some preventive and natural measures that you can perform. In addition, there is a small ultrasound generator on the market, which emits signals with frequencies above 20,000Hz: they are not perceived by us humans, but they are very annoying for spiders and insects.
First, do not leave uncultivated areas in your garden, because bushes and shrubs are the ideal hiding place where spiders proliferate. Also remove moss, stones, leaves and other plant debris from your home, as they may be an easy way to access your home.
If you don’t need them, keep the outside lights off because they attract insects and create a great hunting area for spiders.
You can create your own DIY insecticide using substances unpleasant to spiders. The best known is to fill a spray with water and 15-20 drops of peppermint. But tobacco is also very effective, boil it for a few minutes and then spray it in the infested areas.
Vinegar is also an excellent repellent. Not only does the smell keep them away, but when sprayed directly on the animal, the acetic acid contained in the vinegar burns and kills it.
The last system is not supported by any scientific evidence, but it is a remedy used in popular culture for many years. Along the perimeter of the house or in the most dangerous corners, it is necessary to dispose of the fruits of horse chestnut or other nuts, such as walnuts or chestnuts, split or divided in half.
Millipedes and Earthworms
Although centipedes and earthworms are considered low-risk pests, they are still annoying insects. The use of a pesticide is a temporary solution, because these animals tend to return. So the best thing to do is to use a few small precautions in the care of our garden or garden.
Natural Remedies to Eliminate Them
To keep the centipedes away, it is good to rake and mow the garden very often and keep the grass short, because the grass too long is a good hiding place for these animals.
Instead, earthworms can be eliminated by making the soil drier, bringing sand and a specific lawn soil, because earthworms love moist and clayey soils. It is also possible to acidify the soil with sulphur-based products, without excessively lowering the pH level of the soil.