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).
• 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.
1/4 cup of a citrus solvent such as "Citra Solv" with 2
cups water; spray areas ants travel in.
-- peppermint extract
an entire bulb of garlic
it into 1 cup of any vegetable oil
garlic and oil into a glass jar and cover tightly.
through a cotton cloth
the strained oil with 3 drops dish detergent and 1 quart
in a blender and blend on high for a mintue
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.
Bedbugs starve in about a month, so wrap items in
quarantine for 6 weeks.Cockroaches -- Repellant
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
bay leaves in any area roaches are seen
Cockroaches -- Exterminating
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
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)
safe for pets
or children so hide where they can't get at the bags of roach balls.
Cut up 4 lemons and place in 1 quart of water. Simmer for an hour,
cool, strain and massage mixture into dog's coat.
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.
Put lots and lots of osage oranges all over the place.
Put peppermint oil on cotton balls and scatter around.
Spread bay leaves in the pantry
Miniature dachshunds are good at hunting moles
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.
Spray listerine around
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.
Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie B.