A very simple trap can be prepared for these disagreeable pests by cutting four or five strips of paste-board, an inch or more in width, and placing them in a slanting position against the sides of a quart bowl or a common nappy [? – ed.]. Then pour into the basin (taking care not to touch its sides) some molasses and water, or stale beer and molasses, and as cockroaches are very fond of sweets, they will walk up the ladders of paste-board, and find a watery death. Pieces of wood will do as well. Several of these traps can be placed in the kitchen and pantry, night after night, and soon their number will be greatly lessened. Another way is to place pieces of unslacked lime where the cockroaches frequent, and they will be driven away. But care must be taken not to let water drip upon the quicklime, as it would produce combustion.
Still another way is to take quantities of powdered borax, and scatter it all about the shelves and the water pipes. The cockroaches do not like it and will not run over it. A solution of alum in boiling hot water will destroy them at once and also kill their larvae.
These insects always follow the water pipes in houses, but any of these simple remedies will keep them from putting in an appearance.
Source: Household Hints and Recipes, Henry T. WilliamsFiled under Remedy | Tags: alum, beer, board, borax, cockroach, cockroaches, insect, insects, lime, molasses, pasteboard, pest, pests, quicklime, williams | Comment (0)
Put a few drops of oil of lavender on a sponge placed in a saucer of hot water. This will give out a scent which flies dislike. If you do not wish to try it in the house, put the sponge on a table on the porch if the flies are troublesome there.
Source: 1001 Household Hints, Ottilie V. AmesFiled under Remedy | Tags: ames, flies, fly, insect, insect repellent, insects, lavender, oil of lavender, sponge | Comment (0)
Cigar ashes are splendid when used as a tooth powder; when sprinkled plentifully into furs before storing; when placed about the roots of potted plants to kill the insects.
Source: 1001 Household Hints, Ottilie V. AmesFiled under Remedy | Tags: ame, ames, ash, ashes, cigar, cigar ash, cigar ashes, cigars, fur, furs, insect, insects, plant, plants, powder, teeth, tooth, tooth powder | Comment (0)
Two pounds of alum dissolved in three or four quarts of boiling water and applied to all cracks and crevices, will keep out ants, roaches, spiders, bedbugs, etc., etc.
Source: 76: A Cook BookFiled under Remedy | Tags: 76, alum, ant, ants, bedbug, bedbugs, bug, bugs, crack, crevice, insect, insects, roach, roaches, spider, spiders, vermin | Comment (0)
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)
Put some strong snuff in the cracks and holes from whence they come. The parings of cucumbers will, if strewn about near their holes, drive them away.
Source: Cassell’s Household GuideFiled under Remedy | Tags: beetle, beetles, cassell, cricket, crickets, cucumber, insect, insecticide, insects | Comment (0)
One raw egg, well beaten; half a pint of vinegar; one ounce of spirits of turpentine; a quarter of an ounce of spirits of wine; a quarter of an ounce of camphor. These ingredients to be beaten well together, then put in a bottle and shaken for ten minutes, after which, to be corked down tightly to exclude the air. In half an hour it is fit for use.
Directions: To be well rubbed in, two, three or four times a day. For rheumatism in the head, to be rubbed at the back of the neck and behind the ears.
Source: Enquire Within Upon Everything.Filed under Remedy | Tags: bite, bruise, bruises, camphor, egg, insect, lumbago, pain, pains, rheumatism, spirit, spirits, twitter-archive, vinegar | Comment (0)