Dissolve two pounds of alum in three or four quarts of water. Let it remain over night till all the alum is dissolved. Then with a brush, apply boiling hot to every joint or crevice in the closet or shelves where croton bugs, ants, cockroaches, etc., intrude; also to the joints and crevices of bedsteads, as bed bugs dislike it as much as croton bugs, roaches, or ants. Brush all the cracks in the floor and mop-boards. Keep it boiling hot while using.
Source: The White House Cookbook, F.L. GilletteFiled under Remedy | Tags: alum, ants, bedbugs, bug, bugs, cockroaches, croton bugs, insect, insecticide, insects, repellent, roaches, vermin, water, whitehouse | Comment (0)
Take two ounces of lard, and one ounce of quicksilver, mix well, and apply with a soft brush or feather where the pests frequent. Apply once a year.
Source: The Kansas Home Cook-BookFiled under Remedy | Tags: bed, bed bug, bedbug, bedbugs, brush, bug, bugs, feather, kansas, lard, mercury, quicksilver | Comment (0)
Cover the floor of the room with leaves of Alder, gathered while the dews hangs upon them; adhering to these, they are killed thereby.
Or powder stavesacre, and sprinkle it on the body, or on the bed.
Source: Primitive Physic: or an easy and natural method of curing most diseases, John Wesley.Filed under Remedy | Tags: alder, bug, bugs, fleas, stavesacre | Comment (0)