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Eco-Friendly Pest Control Solutions

That old saying that goes, “For every cockroach you see, there are five more in the wall that you don’t see,” is more often than not a kind estimate – but how do you kill them without spraying poison everywhere? It’s a good question, especially for people with kids and/or pets who’d rather not expose them to anything that uses the skull and crossbones in its marketing material. Fortunately, there are a few ways to help reduce your pest problem without harmful pesticides. <em>Indoor Pests</em> <strong>Cockroaches </strong>– Let’s start at the top of the Yucky List. Roaches may be able to survive nuclear winter, but their power is in numbers rather than smarts. Try these devilishly effective tricks: <em>Plaster of Paris + Icing Sugar</em>: Mix small amounts of these two together and leave in a shallow dish. Roaches will eat it (sugar!) and then when it solidifies inside them (plaster!) they die. <em>Small Jar + Bait + Oil</em>: Spread cooking oil on the inside of the jar, drop in a piece of fruit and set the jar in the roach thoroughfare. Your nontoxic roach motel is now open for business. <strong>Ants </strong>–<strong> </strong>Ants hate almost as many foodstuffs as they love. Once you find the point of entry, sprinkle ground cinnamon, cloves, paprika, cream of tartar or coffee grounds to create a magical force field. <strong>Spiders</strong> – Spiders are evil minions from the underworld and can’t be stopped … except with catnip oil. Catnip oil won’t kill spiders – because they are immortal hell-spawn – but they definitely don’t like it. The problem, though, is that there’s no way to tell whether you’re keeping them out, or <em>trapping them in</em> … <em>Outdoor Pests</em> <strong>Bugs, Generally </strong>– Get more birds to show up at your place. Birds eat bugs and are easy enough to attract with a <a title="Birdhouses" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bird-houses_1154.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">birdhouse</a>, <a title="Bird Feeders" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bird-feeders_1156.html?linkloc=l1_ols_sofc" target="_blank">bird feeder</a> or <a title="Birdbaths" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bird-baths_1155.html" target="_blank">birdbath</a>. Plus, they’re pretty. Win-win! <strong>Snails &amp; Slugs – </strong>Although persistent, snails and slugs are fairly fragile creatures that can be destroyed and/or repelled a couple different ways: <em>Beer</em>: Slugs love beer so much they’re willing to drown themselves for a taste. Open a slug bar in your garden with a shallow pan filled with your favorite lager. <em>Eggshells/Shell Flour</em>: Both snails and slugs will avoid things that can slice up their soft bellies and so sprinkling scratchy stuff around your garden border can help keep them out. <strong>Aphids</strong> Aphids may seem impossible to defeat because they are small and everywhere, but it’s actually pretty easy to dish out the pain in a nontoxic and eco-friendly way. Use neem oil mixed with water in a sprayer or hose attachment and spritz your plants whenever you notice a mounting invasion. <a title="ATG Stores Home Page" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help keep you pest-free this spring and summer.
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