Repel mice and spiders safe for use around children and pets
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REPEL MICE AND SPIDERS-Safe for use around children and pets

With fall in full swing, pests will be looking for a warm place to stay for the winter. One way to repel these pesty critters is to use peppermint. You can fill a spray bottle with a teaspoon of peppermint oil, 1/4 tsp of lavender oil, and top off with water. Shake it up really well, and spray around doors and windows. Another way to use the mixture is to cover cedar chips with the mixture and put them in fabric sashes, placing them wherever the pests are getting in.

If you see a spider (you can add a little dish soap to your mixture, and it will terminate the spider).

Some might say that is cruel and spiders are good.  They are, they have a purpose OUTSIDE, arachnophobia is pretty common, and some people would prefer to do anything else than get close to that creepy crawly creature.

Now, these essential oils are not harmful to children or animals, however when used in an area with limited ventilation they can be strong-smelling, so please allow your children and pets to roam into another area of the house if they feel overwhelmed.

Please share any other tips you may have to safely repel pests! Or let me know how this tip worked for you!

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I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.

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