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Hi! I'm just wondering if anyone here knows of any effective pet-safe methods of keeping flying insects from getting inside. And this would include those icky Boxelder bugs and Japanese Beetles. I was looking at a couple of sprays earlier today, but I would prefer to avoid chemical use if possible.
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Wow, that sucks! How are they getting into your home? Eeks, Iv'e never had that problem other then mosquito and flies. When I visited family in Kansas, a cicada flew in their home, freaked me out, the thing was screaming and huge!!!!!!!!
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The bottom of the front door doesn't fit tightly enough so I think that's one way they can get in.
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Originally Posted by Lorie D. View Post
The bottom of the front door doesn't fit tightly enough so I think that's one way they can get in.
First time Iv'e heard of Japanese Beetles coming into a home through door cracks, but there's a first time for everything! One thing I know is they do follow a chemical trail, like ants........I am a gardener/landscaper and we use 2 tablespoons ivory dish detergent, 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol to a gallon of water as a spray for ants, aphids, Japanese beetles, and several other pests. It kills small insects very easily and destroys their chemical trail.
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A old house I used to live in had problems with ants, geckos and palmento bugs (also known as GIANT flying roaches!) getting in under the front door. I used to spray around the doors and windows with 1/2 and 1/2 vinegar solution and that helped with the creepy crawlies (well, not so much the geckos but they were cute so I didn't mind ). I've also heard that ammonia solution works but that stunk too much for me.

Good luck!
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The vinegar solution might be worth trying, and I'll also try the dish detergent--rubbing alcohol solution. Do these solutions have to be wet in order to keep insects out or can they be dry?????
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The vinegar solution might be worth trying, and I'll also try the dish detergent--rubbing alcohol solution. Do these solutions have to be wet in order to keep insects out or can they be dry?????
I just put the vinager solultion in a spray bottle and sprayed it around the cracks. It would dry, but as long as the smell was there it did cut down on the bugs. I had to reapply about twice a week. Of course, my house always smelled like I was coloring easter eggs but it was worth it!
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