To keep ants out of a house or a garden: sprinkle ground
cinnamon around base of house. (I get the bulk cheap stuff works
great no ants in 7 yrs!) You can also sprinkle it on ant beds,
to kill the ants (or they will travel to your neighbors yards).
For your garden: sprinkle concentrated lemon juice round the
whole garden, keeps ants & insects out of garden. Both are ok to
use if you have pets or little kids around, safe for all to use
& you can get the kids to do it for you without worry!
ANTS formula 2:
- Boric Acid
- Cotton Balls
Mix Boric Acid and Sugar in a bowl. Then soak
Cotton ball in Mixture and let dry. Place Cotton balls in path
of Ants. Contributed by Michelle Potter
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons active dry yeast
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl until they form a
smooth past. Spread the mixture into plastic lid. Any old
plastic container will do. Set the mixture near the mouth of ant
hill. For kitchen areas, coat a strip of cardboard with the
mixture and lay along floor or in crevices where ants travel.
Works best with medium to large ants. Try substituting honey for
MAKE YOUR OWN FLY PAPER
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over strips of
brown paper and let soak overnight. To hang, poke a hole in one
end of a strip and tie a string to it.
Formula 1: Ingredients
- aloe vera gel
- essential oils of citronella
- tea tree oil
- lavender oil
Stir all ingredients together
Mix becomes opaque. (make it as strong as y0u like)
contributed by Lucy
Formula 2: Ingredients
- 3 cups rubbing alcohol
- 1 1/2 cups red cedar wood shavings
- 1/2 cup eucalyptus leaves
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl or jar. Cover and
let stand 5 days. Strain the solid ingredients out and save the
remaining liquid. Store tightly sealed. Yield: 2 cups. To use,
pour into a small spray bottle and spray lightly on skin.
Formula 3: Ingredients
- 1/4 cup denatured alcohol
- 1 1/2 teaspoons camphor
- 1 1/2 teaspoons calcium chloride
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and stir until dissolved.
To use, rub on skin before going outside, or pour into a small
spray bottle and spray lightly on skin. CAUTION: Do not use near
eyes. Discontinue use if you notice a rash or other allergic
Formula 4: Ingredients
- One ounce of either oil of citronella or pennyroyal
- Baby oil or vegetable oil, a few drops
Citronella and pennyroyal can be found at most health food
stores. Apply to skin before going outside.
(Note: caution should be used with
pennyroyal around or by pregnant women)
Formula 5: Ingredients
- Four parts glycerin
- 4 parts alcohol
- 1 part eucalyptus oil
Or make a solution of equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and
Although some people swear by this product, I didn't find it to
be particularly effective.
. Use at least 1 part garlic juice to 5 parts water in a small
personal size spray bottle. Works every time, works great in the
woods. We originally started to use this in our garden
instead of poisons and decided to use it on ourselves since it
worked so well.
To keep aphids and other pests off
your roses: Finely chop
- 1 onion
- 2 medium cloves of garlic
Put ingredients into a blender with 2 cups of
water and blend on high. Strain out pulp. Pour
liquid into spray bottle. Spray a fine mist on rose
bushes, making sure to coat both tops and bottoms of
ALUMINUM FOIL "FOILS" APHIDS
Use an aluminum foil much around
the base of plants such as tomatoes. The reflection
confuses the insects and drives them away.
Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk, 4 cups
wheat flour and 5 gallons water. Suffocates spider
mites and other mites.
Apply rubbing alcohol to insect
clusters with cotton swab. Wash with insecticidal
soap and rinse. Isolate infected plant if possible.
Sprinkle flour on developing cabbage
heads. The flour swells up inside the worms and
bursts their intestines.
- Sprinkle salt directly onto slug. They shrivel
up and die.
- Place shallow bowl of beer on the ground near
slug trails and leave overnight.
- Copper wire? That's what Martha Stewart says.
Coil a piece of wire around the base of your
plants to give slugs a shocking experience. They
won't come back.