Triad -- It's always nice to find a natural or household remedy to solve our problems. It just feels like you're saving the environment, doesn't it? The problem is that they don't always work as well as we would like to think. They could even cause new problems. We got to the bottom of a few home remedies with the help of Alamance County Extension Agent, Mark Danieley.
Pest #1- Wasps are annoying and can sting you multiple times. The website homesessive.com suggested crinkling up a few plastic bags and stuffing them in a brown paper bag. Tie that in a tree and the wasps should stay away. They say wasps don't like to build where other wasps are already living. They'll think the bag is another nest.
Danieley says this one doesn't work. First of all, wasps tend to build nests on buildings, not in trees. He's also seen several wasp nests on a single building. Plus, a bag hanging in a tree isn't exactly pretty.
Pest #2- Termites can cause huge problems, eating your house from the inside out. Homesessive.com suggests keeping the heat on longer in the spring.
Danieley says this one doesn't work either. Hopefully most of us could tell just by reading it. If you have - or think you might have - termites, call the bug man!
Pest #3- Cockroaches are hard to kill and can be scary to look at. Homesessive.com claims you can keep them away with hot sauce. Supposedly, they don't like spicy things and will run away.
Danieley says they may run away from that spot but they'll just find another one. It doesn't get to the root of the problem. It doesn't kill roaches or their eggs. Even worse, if you have hot sauce out on the counter, it may keep a roach away, but invite some other creature.
The bottom line is this. Don't believe everything you hear or read on the Internet. Do your research. If you have questions, check into them. Stick with websites ending in ".edu". Those are from universities and Agricultural Extension Offices so you can trust them.
Don't risk trying a solution that actually makes your problem worst- or gives you a whole new set of problems.
Mark Danieley, Alamance County Extension Agent