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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.
<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> …
<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 & 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.
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.