Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Toxin-Free Pesticides Get Rid of Pests

From Sid Kirchheimer at

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Q. This summer I would like to avoid the toxins that are found in many commercial pesticides. What are some safe, effective alternatives?

A. Many stores sell 'all-natural' products. You can also throw together your own. Here are some tried-and-true methods against common pests.

Ants: Spread cinnamon, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, salted cucumber peels or leaves from mint tea bags near their point of entry or along baseboards.

Mice: Place cotton dipped in peppermint oil, or used kitty litter, near problem areas.

Mosquitoes: When you barbecue, throw some sage or rosemary onto the coals.

Carpenter ants: Mix 3 cups hot water, 1 cup sugar and 4 teaspoons boric acid. Soak cotton in the mixture and leave it near places where ants are found.

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LifeCoachAndy said...

How to get rid slugs and snail, eaten my pumpkin plant completely in UK.

sharingsunshine said...

Here's some ideas on slugs, Andy:

I would imagine it could take care of the snails also.

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