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Home Living : January 24th 2012
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 MB PEST PREVENTION SMOKING THEM OUT PLENTY OF PEST REPELLENTS Janita Singh THE GOOD OIL FOR YOU Candles and oils are all favourites in our fight to repel insects in and around the house. Oil of citronella has been used for centuries as an insect repellent. It is found in many familiar insect repellent products such as candles and even sprays. Coils, chalks, torches and vaporisers are also popular and simple options to use Citrolella oil is an option to keep you bite-free while enjoying outdoor entertainment. WARMER weather signals the return of biting insects. As you enjoy more time outdoors, be prepared for these nasties. Effec- tive insect repellents can protect you from serious mosquito and tick-borne diseases. Key points to remember when selecting an in- sect repellent include: Which insects you want you or your house protected from; The length of time you need protection; The ingredients listed in the product and if there are any allergy issues. There are numerous insect re- pellents to choose from for the house. From sprays and creams to electric zappers, there is a deter- rent out there to combat every type of pesky problem. Most people opt for sprays from the supermarket as an easy op- tion. There are many varieties available but sprays and plug-ins are common. For those that don't mind pay- ing extra for peace of mind, get a professional to spray your house for insects and even termites at this time of the year. Then there are electronic pest controls. As the name suggests, these are electrical devices plug- ged in to repel or eliminate pests. Hardware stores and garden cen- tres usually stock them. Although these have been around for a long time, recent technology has seen many of them modified to be more effective and environmentally friendly. FIGHTING INSECTS REPEL AGAINST BUGS THE NATURAL WAY YOU can take a natural approach to combat all types of pesky prob- lems at home. There are a number of plants said to repel bugs that are found in many nurseries. These can be very easily grown in gardens and pots and even placed inside the house. Plants such as basil, fennel, garlic, lemon eucalyptus, laven- der, spearmint, peppermint, cat- nip and cedar have insect repel- ling properties. How effective they are depends on the type of insects, the location, and the time of year. Many people swear that one, or a combination of several, work well. So planting a few of these in pots or your garden is a natural way to repel insects. You can make natural repellents by combining oils or using these essential oils at home as well. Try Citronella, eucalyptus, cin- namon, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, peppermint, clove and lav- ender, just to name a few. Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 Authorised Dealer Authorised Dealer SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING WILL YOU BE COOL THIS SUMMER? SAVE UP TO $600 on Daikin Ducted Systems SAVE UP TO $300 on Daikin Split Systems PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9531 7462 2121776 27/12
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