All natural green ant killer. Costs just pennies and it works just as well as expensive poison! This natural ant killer can be used in a garden to sustain an organic environment. If you mix in a little sugar, it will help attract the ants even more. They will eat it and return to their colonies and the ants will die. I use it in my kitchen, during the summer, when those pesky kitchen ants start to appear.
However, too much borax can be toxic to dogs and cats. Many commercial flea treatments and insecticides contain borax. Animals ingesting large amounts of borax or boric acid may experience vomiting, swelling of the throat, and may need hospitalization. Because of this, it is recommended for use it sparingly around pets and children.
I will need to try this… Swarms of Mosquitoes on my patio led me to an old home remedy – Did you know that chopped up garlic makes mosquitoes disappear? I buy minced, dried garlic at local Fiesta grocery stores and sprinkle it around on my patio. I have to stand back as I am using it – mosquitoes will literally swarm out of your plants and bushes to get away from the smell. Works like a charm!!
According to this old home remedy, garlic will keep the mosquitos away! Garlic contains a compound called allicin which gives it its characteristic smell. In fact, allicin is also what makes garlic such an effective antibiotic and antifungal agent. Several studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of keeping mosquitos away by placing raw garlic cloves near indoor entryways and outdoor areas.
Many claim that it has worked for them when they either placed a few cloves in their home or rubbed fresh minced garlic on their skin every evening before going outdoors. One study found that a clove was sufficient to keep mosquitos from entering the area around the door. The effectiveness of garlic as a repellant depends on how much allicin is released from the clove, and whether or not it has been diluted by other odors.
Slugs won’t cross copper because it imparts a slight electric charge when they touch it. Dark-colored, older pennies, which are mostly copper, work the best. The trick is to get the penny into direct contact with the slug’s skin. If it makes physical contact, the slug will try to crawl around or over but won’t be able to because of its slime trail and gravity. The slime trail provides a path for electric current and causes paralysis while gravity pulls them down.
Here’s the instructions for a neat “penny ball” you can make to deter your slugs while adding some interesting art to your garden!
Lemongrass, scientifically named Cymbopogon citratus, is a grassy weed that can grow to be about 4 feet tall and produces an oil that people have been using for decades as both food additive and pesticide to keep away pests.
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Lemongrass has been used extensively for centuries by humans as well as animals. Some pet owners put lemongrass into their pets’ collars because it kills fleas and other bugs on contact, preventing harmful diseases spread by parasites like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The herb also repels mosquitoes; if you rub the plant onto your skin, mosquitoes will steer clear.
If you’re trying to prevent bug bites and keep your yard pest-free, try planting lemongrass near your house. If you don’t have any space for a garden, simply buy the plant and place it in a pot outside.
Use copper tape around your raised beds to keep the slugs out.
Copper causes a harmless electric shock-like reaction in both slugs and snails, which is why they avoid it. I picked some up at Walmart. You can get it at Amazon and other stores, too.
This simple home solution can save many plants from powdery mildew and other plant fungus problems. Generic aspirin also contains salicylic acid which is known for its fungicidal properties and kills powdery mildew on contact.
Aspirin is the remedy for fungal plant problems, Black spot, powdery mildew, and rust are a terrible trio of fungi, which can attack and destroy your plants. Scientists have found that two uncoated aspirin tablets (325 milligrams each) dissolved in 1 quart of water and used as a foliage spray can thwart these diseases.
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One of the worst pests of the garden is mosquitoes and they are usually fought with insecticides or sprayed out by hand to prevent serious damage to young fruits, vegetables and flowers. But did you know that you can build a Mosquito Control container of specific plants that will repel these pests naturally, so you can sit and unwind in the evenings without dousing in DEET.
The container is planted with Citronella geranium, Marigold “Lemon gem”, Lemon Grass, Catnip, Ageratum “Artist Purple”, Lemon thyme. The chart above show the layout and types of plants you should use.
Lemon grass is a natural mosquito repellent and grows quite tall. Plant some in deep planters and place on the patio or where you will have people sitting and you will also have a privacy hedge with the added benefit of being a natural bug barrier.
Put 4-5 stalks in a deep pot and plant it at least 1/2 way into the ground for stability. Place the potted lemon grass where you will be sitting so that the breeze blows over its aroma towards your guests. The mosquitos won’t bother anyone when they are around.