by Debra Dian –
It’s that time of year again for concern of creepy crawlers and flying pests. God created all things, even mosquitoes and cockroaches. He also created plants and minerals for our use in controlling the harmful pests.
The Genesis account of creation says that “God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:25)
Although, I cannot imagine anything good about a mosquito, I tend to think that some pests are a result of the curse on creation that will be removed when Christ restores the earth to perfection. (Genesis 3:17; Romans 8:22) Even so, with a creation under the curse, there are many helpful insects like the Bee, Ladybug and Praying Mantis. God also created man with wisdom and skill to use the multitudes of plants and herbs for our benefit.
For the pests we wish to control, there are many effective insecticides available that are not toxic to man or animal. For example, the Daisy Chrysanthemum contains a substance called pyrethrum that is used in natural pesticides. These beautiful flowers are grown as a cash crop in many countries in East Africa.
Natural herbs like Thyme, Peppermint, Wintergreen and Rosemary not only have a fresh clean fragrance but are also used in natural pesticides. Also, oils such as citronella, cinnamon oil and clove oil are used to keep away unwanted insects.
I found several online shopping sites that have excellent information and natural products available. I have tried Ecosmart’s Organic Insect Killer. It is very effective and has a wonderful fresh minty fragrance. I also recommend Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent. A fresh citrus scented, oil-based lotion which is long-lasting and a very effective mosquito repellent. Another site with organic pest control products that is very promising is Saferbrand.
So, subdue those pests safely, and at the same time, enjoy a pleasing fragrance.