Invasion of the Flour Bugs

We have been dealing with an invasion of those nasty, little flour bugs.  I finally found the culprit in the pantry closet.  Of all things, it was the very top shelf, so lots of going up and down the step stool, taking everything off the shelf, pitching much of it, cleaning the shelf, then adding some cotton balls with tea tree oil to help repel them.

What is hilarious about this whole thing is that these bugs are called ‘weevils.’  Read that as WE EVIL!   Very appropriate name.  And just as I finished getting everything done, the song posted below started playing.  How fitting!  Yes, I used that authority!  Just call me the slayer!


Ant remedies

We’ve been having trouble with those small ants in our bathroom, though not nearly as bad as the picture above shows.  I looked up some natural remedies online to try.

  1. Add 6-8 ounces of water to a spray bottle.

  2. Add ½ tsp of cayenne pepper powder.

  3. Combine 15 drops of peppermint oil and 15 drops of tea tree oil.

  4. Spray trails, crevices and other high traffic areas. For heavier application, I like to douse a cotton ball and stuff it near the source of the trail.


I put some distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and sprayed the entrance points. I also sprayed vinegar along the trail to destroy their pheromone trail. Once the vinegar dried, a few ants came back to check out the situation. After reapplying the vinegar a few more times, they got the hint they weren’t welcome and moved on.

Soapy water
Fill a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1/2 cup water. It kills ants and destroys the pheromone trail. It only works when wet, so you’ll need to reapply for a few days.

Lemon Juice
Dab lemon juice at entrance points or areas they visit.

Coffee Grounds
Ants don’t like the smell of coffee. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around the perimeter of your house or at entrance points.

Invasion of the ants……

I have been trying a home remedy for ants where you combine sugar, borax, and water.  While it was attracting the ants, and killing the ones who got into it, it wasn’t getting rid of all them.

Honestly, I was getting rather tired of walking into my kitchen and finding ants crawling on my counter.  I decided to search pinterest for other options.  I found one that is INCREDIBLE!!!  And it is oh-so-simple!!!   Here it is:

I took cornmeal and poured it along two sides of the house.  (The ants will eat it, swell up and die.)  Anyway, after less than 30 minutes, I noticed that all of the remaining ants in the kitchen had disappeared!!!!  I think the ants on the outside must have communicated with the ones inside and let them know to come outside again.  It will be interesting to see what the counter looks like tomorrow morning.

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Window Cleaner Recipe

Stacy’s Homemade Window Cleaner 
12 to 16 ounces water
1 cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (70%)
1-2 drops blue or green food coloring, if desired
1-2 drops lavender, cinnamon, clove or orange essential oil. Combine the ingredients and put into a labeled spray bottle, optional. 

Be sure to use newspaper for this!  Spray the newspaper first, then wipe down the window to avoid drips. Wipe vertically on one side of the window and horizontally on the other side so you will know which side a streak is on!  To clean the excess off, I have found that it is better to move in a circular pattern.

Since this is made with rubbing alcohol and vinegar, both of which have anti-septic qualities, I also use this to clean my kitchen and bathroom counters, as well as the sinks.


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Car Spray Recipe

Aromatherapy Car Spray Recipe

  • 1/8 c. high-proof vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/8 c. distilled water
  • 30-40 drops essential oil blend (sweet orange or lavender is great for calming kids)
Combine in a small spray bottle. Shake well before using. Don’t spray directly at anyone, just toward the car ceiling, or the back of the car if no one is sitting there. 🙂
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