How to Make Strong Natural Insecticides – Active Ingredient is Quassia wood

The natural insecticides recipe below, is a fairly simple to make and extremely effective against flies, it will kill them quite quickly.

This fly recipe  is non toxic to us humans, which is always a handy thing to know, when your making these natural homemade formulas.
The active ingredient is extracts from the Quassia wood or bark, which act as a natural insecticide

This recipe is an effective fly killer
This organic recipe is an effective fly killer, and Its been around for many years, The Old Pioneers new about it, and used it.














Bitterwood {quassia amara}
A piece of Bitterwood {quassia amara} is shown above in the photo.

















Ingredients you need to have on hand, using this formula to kill flies, are listed below

  • Quassia wood 1  Cup
  • Molasses 3 Tablespoons
  • Alcohol 1 Tablespoon
  • Water 41/2 Cups
  • Absorbent Paper towels


  1. Soak the Quassia wood in 2 Cups of water for 24 hours to soften.
  2. Boil for half an hour,  then set it aside for a further 24 hours.
  3. Then squeeze out the liquid from the Quassia wood.
  4. Without filtering, mix this liquid with the molasses, and the alcohol, then add the remaining 21/2 Cups of water.
  5. Saturate some absorbent paper into it
  6. Place the paper in a shallow dish, with a little of the mixture to slightly pool.
  7. Then place the dish where you want the flies to be attracted to, and allow them to drink some of the fluid, then say, Bye Bye to them

You then need only to top up with liquid every so often, and replace the paper if too many flies are dead in the mixture.

This is a great Natural Insecticides formula that is both inexpensive, effective, and Organic.











Laying Gerflor Vinyl Planks over Ceramic Tiles

Laying Gerflor Vinyl Planks over Ceramic Tiles.

These are a really easy way to upgrade your homes flooring, and the finish is fantastic to look at.

These plans are ideal for wet areas, and are easily removed and relayed if any damage does occur over the years of use they will be subjected to.

A Word Of Warning: Hot Direct Sun on to these planks is not recommended.

Tools Needed:

  1. Bucket
  2. Water
  3. Mop or Sponge, for washing the ceramic tiles
  4. Spade for mixing cement
  5. Good sized Concrete Trowel
  6. Sharp knife (Stanley or Heavy Duty Box cutter)
  7. Gerflor Vinyl Planks (Enough to cover area, PLUS some spares)
  8. Bondcrete Adhesive

Laying Vinyl Flooring

Photo of my finished Job above


Now Onto the Fun Bit

  1. The first step is to thoroughly clean the ceramic tiles, its not important if they are wet or dry for the next step.
  2. Mix some self levelling cement. The instructions are on the bag. (Again you don’t have to be to careful as there is a lot of leeway in mix)
  3. Spread the self levelling cement with a good trowel.
  4. Allow to cure overnight and if still a bit damp because of climate conditions allow another day. (Yes it even affects curing indoors as well).
  5. Apply a good coat of Bondcrete Adhesive. (Follow Instructions are on tub) I mixed mine a bit thicker than recommended.
  6. Allow Bondcrete to dry overnight.
  7. Apply a second coat of Bondcrete Adhesive.
  8. Again allow to dry overnight.
  9. Now its time to grab the Gerflor Vinyl Planks and do a test run to see how they will centre up.
  10. Once you are happy with the positioning of them, its time to either get out a sharp knife to cut the first plank to start the row, or Lay the full vinyl plank Directly against the wall.
  11. Remove the backing paper, (there is an arrow showing which way to pull it away from the plank) I didn’t notice any difference pulling it away from either end.
  12. Simply place the adhesive side down, position carefully then press firmly down. (If you make a mistake the Vinyl Plank can be lifted easily and repositioned).
  13. Place the next plank in position and repeat instruction #12.
  14. Repeat the process until you come across an obstacle in your way, then simply mark, score with a sharp knife, and snap the plank.
  15. Repeat until you have completely covered the entire floor area.

The video below is one I made while renovating my Bathroom and Toilets


Gerflor Vinyl Planks would have to be one of the easiest DIY projects to do yourself.