If there is one “tiny” thing we do NOT want in our small dwellings, it is pests. As we repurpose, re-use and re-package here in Florida, it is a very real possibility that we may be introducing tiny intruders along with our reclaimed items.
I personally bear a scar today from exposure to pesticide used in a tiny home I lived in several years ago. As we downsize, we are coming closer in contact with these types of toxins. Off-gassing in a cavernous 2000 + square foot home with good ventilation is one thing, but being in close quarters with that stuff is not desirable.
I asked my friend at Tiny Green Cabins, Jim Wilkins, about this subject, as it is one of the motivating forces behind his company. Green is Clean.
In response, he generously provided the following, and even threw in some home made anti-bug remedies of his own.
“In order to control pests, you have two choices. You can “nuke” them, (by using toxic chemicals), which is a never ending escalation of warfare, where you must keep on nuking them. Or you can train them to go someplace else. Training them by using natural products is the most viable solution in the home environment.
Perhaps you find the comment, “train them,” surprising. Bugs, like ants, roaches or other types of pests, often operate as a colony by sending out scouts that survey the terrain and leave trails for the workers to follow. Bugs do not like natural oils, and when they are present, the scouts put out markers that tell those that follow to go someplace else, as this is not a good place to visit.
Using natural products will take an extra effort up front, but in the long run, it will be safer and less toxic for the tiny house owner and at the same time it will rid the place of bugs. The best method I have found, is to use an all-natural product such as, “Essential Oils” by a company called, “Young Living Oils.”
These types of oils have been in use for 5000 years, and were at one time considered more valuable than gold! Upon opening in Egypt, it is said that the the tombs were robbed first of oils, even before the gold was removed! I have enclosed some recipes to be used against various pests.
10 d Thieves
10 d Peppermint
4 oz distilled water
Shake well and spray often where ants are seen. May take lots of applications in the beginning but they soon learn not to enter your home!
1 Bottle V-6
2 Bottles Abundance
2 Bottles Thieves
2 Bottles Clove
2 Bottles Cinnamon
2 Bottles Purification
2 Bottles Lemon
2 Bottles Lemongrass
Mix in a bottle and spray everywhere termites/carpenter ants will be, especially around doorsteps. Hook up to the hose and spray over the base of the property.
In a 12 oz spritz bottle, 10 drops each of:
Melaleuca Alternafolia (Tea Tree)
1 oz Vodka
Fill the rest of the way with equal parts of Aloe Vera Juice and Water
Most bugs DO NOT like Thieves and will stay away if you clean frequently with Thieves cleaner.
50-60d of oils to 1 gal of water or Thieves cleaner diluted 1/10
Shake prior to using and spray on plants.
Place oils in dirt around plant or on ribbon tied to plants or in a container lid. Refresh every other day.
Mix oils in with baking soda and sprinkle around the home or garden.
Mix Cinnamon Powder in the soil.
Sprinkle soil with Cinnamon oil, Thieves, Clove, or Purification.
Thieves straight controls mold and fungus.
Spearmint repels ants, aphids, caterpillars, black flea beetle, gnats, lice, moths, and plant lice.
Peppermint repels ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage root fly, caterpillars, black flea beetle, flies, lice, moths, and plant lice.
Lemongrass repels Black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks.
Tansy repels Black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly, mosquitoes, and white fly.
Hyssop repels aphids, cabbage root fly, cutworm, and ticks.
Sage repels cabbage root fly, cutworm, nematodes, ticks, and white fly.
Rosemary repels cabbage root fly and carrot fly.
Patchouli repels gnats, snails, weevils, and wooly aphids, (and me as well, by the way. I cannot stand the way it smells)!
Pine repels slugs, snails, and woolly aphids.
Sandalwood repels weevils and woolly aphids.”
Jim included the following website as a resource for these products, (this is not an endorsement to purchase them here, it is only provided as a resource for the consumer): https://www.youngliving.org/hklebs
These appear to be expensive, and there are likely other outlets. I will keep this updated as they are located.