- Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:59 pm
I fumigated a Djembe but I did it with natural essential oils. It may work for you? Are they eating the hair on the skin? Was it always so patchy? I would also do a thorough cleaning of the house, to get rid of them. Steam cleaning should kill beetles? Perhaps closing the house and turning the heater up high for a whole day and leave the house to bake?
Here's what I did:
I used a mixture of oils, soaked a paper towel with them, placed the drum over the towel (not touching) and a plastic garbage bag over the drum, and let it sit for a few days.
Also, it had fur on the drum, so I cleaned it with a vacuum cleaner hose to remove dust.
Oils which repel insects include:
clove, lemon, rosemary, pine, orange
I would not use lavender because it is often synthetic.
Also, avoid some oils like mint, sage, and typical insect repellent oils with citrinllelol/citrineol because they will smell strong.
I wouldn't assume this would work forever, but it will probably keep them away for a long time.
Around 20 drops should be enough.