Simple Pesticides
Go to anthills at separate ends of your property. Dig up a shovelful of dirt from an anthill at one end, bring it to an anthill at the other end. Repeat the process with a shovelful of dirt from an anthill brought back to the first site. This will convince them they are at war and will encourage them to attack each other.
Mix 1/4 cup of a citrus solvent such as "Citra Solv" with 2 cups water; spray areas ants travel in.
Ant Repellant -- peppermint extract
Crush an entire bulb of garlic
Mix it into 1 cup of any vegetable oil
Put garlic and oil into a glass jar and cover tightly.
Strain through a cotton cloth
Mix the strained oil with 3 drops dish detergent and 1 quart of water
Put in a blender and blend on high for a mintue
Put solution in a spray bottle and spray on aphids
Temperature extremes will kill bedbugs. Close off the room and turn on the heat in summer (to about 110F), or open the window in an unheated room in winter.
Time. Bedbugs starve in about a month, so wrap items in plastic and quarantine for 6 weeks.
Brown recluse spiders
Put glueboards out and vaccum the baseboards every day 
Cockroaches -- Repellant
Mix two teaspoons of any of the following oils or 2 tablespoons of fresh ground herbs in 2 cups of water. Blend on high and let set for a while. Spray infested areas. Herbs: Tea tree oil, garlic, peppermint, bay leaves, peppers.
Spread bay leaves in any area roaches are seen
Cockroaches -- Exterminating Formula:
8 oz. powdered boric acid
1/2 cup of flour
1/8 cup of  sugar
1/2 small onion, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup cooking oil or bacon drippings
Cream shortening & sugar, mix boric acid, flour & onion. Add to sugar & oil. Blend well, then add more oil as needed to form a soft dough. Shape into small balls the size of marbles. (If balls are placed in open, plastic sandwich bags, the dough will stay softer longer.) Place the balls throughout the house in places normally inhabited by roaches (any dark, damp corner)
Not safe for pets or children so hide where they can't get at the bags of roach balls.

Fleas (on dog)
Cut up 4 lemons and place in 1 quart of water. Simmer for an hour, cool, strain and massage mixture into dog's coat.
Mealy bugs in grain
Store grain in metal cans that have lids (such as holiday popcorn tins.)  Fill grain about 3/4 way up the top or leaving 6" of airspace. Put a candle in the middle, can be wrapped in aluminum foil to make a candle holder. Make sure flame will not reach the top lid. Light candle, carefully place lid on container and gently run tape around the seam. When candle has stopped burning (removing oxygen), move tin to a shelf.
Put bay leaves around containers of grain, sew leaves into cheesecloth/muslin and add to bags.
Spider repellant
Put lots and lots of osage oranges all over the place.
Put peppermint oil on cotton balls and scatter around.

Yellow jackets (wasps) -- Wait until after dark and then pour chlorox bleach down their hole. Cover the hole with a heavy rock (quickly) and then leave the area (quickly).
Meal Moths
Spread bay leaves in the pantry
Miniature dachshunds are good at hunting moles
Mosquito Repellant #1
2 cups catnip, stemmed
1 cup rosemary, cut in 6-inch sprigs
2 cups light vegetable oil
Roll herbs lightly with a rolling pin and pack into a clean jar. Cover with oil, seal jar and place in a cool, dark cupboard for two weeks. Shake jar lightly every day or so for two weeks. Strain into a clean jar, seal and refrigerate for up to 8 months unused.
Mosquito Repellant #2
Spray listerine around
Fruit fly trap
Put a little ACV or KT or fruit juice in a glass. put a funnel in and adjust the level of the liquid so that it is a half inch or more below the bottom of the funnel. Set this anywhere that fruitflies are a nuisance. The flies go in but cant come out.

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