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Wanda Garrity says ...
For those ant problems inside the house, I like to put white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray around the doors and where they are getting in. There will not be another ant in site the next day.
06/14/2007 5:21:12 PM CDT
Sally says ...
For trapping fruit flies, I use Christine's method of making a funnel out of paper with a very small hole at the base of the funnel, then placing it in any glass container that has a small amount of wine in the bottom. the flies can't get out again. I've tried lots of other lures--bananas, cider vinegar, etc.--wine seems to work best for me. On a related note, to kill the deer- and dogticks that come inside on my dog, I put them in a small jar of water that has a drop of dish soap in it. They sink immediately and die soon after. It's better for the environment than flushing them down the toilet!
06/16/2007 7:17:19 AM CDT
Rose Bates says ...
slugs are not killed by beer, but by the yeast in the beer. so just plain bakers yeast works and snells better. we use the dry yeast. sprinkle some under the plants that are being eaten.
06/18/2007 9:20:17 AM CDT
ashley says ...
As a mom of three growing children I found that when I would buy produce before we could consume it the produce would go bad. Doesn’t surprise me seeing as how everything goes bad before you can eat it nowadays. Even if I would juice the produce it did not taste as fresh as the day I brought it home. I researched the reason and found that there is device that works in your refrigerator that will help prolong the shelf life of organic produce plus it kills bacteria. It is the best thing I have ever owned and I think everyone should own one. I found it at www.orderminimate.com its called the Mini Mate.I have had mine for over 60 days and it has already saved me $20.00 which is a fraction of what I paid for it. Has anyone else use this before?
07/13/2007 11:30:34 AM CDT
ben says ...
Enjoy a nice bottle of wine with a good friend (well not too nice or too expensive!). Leave about an inch behind, then let sit on counter overnight. Be sure now one comes by to finish off the bottle, because the next morning, there will be dead fruit flies in the bottle. It seems to work well with red wine.
07/14/2007 8:53:01 PM CDT
Erin says ...
Does anyone have any advice on getting rid of clothes moths? Will bay leaves work for those as well?
07/24/2007 9:19:31 AM CDT
Sharon D. says ...
I had clothes moths that escaped into the house. I had a pitcher of fertilizer water sitting out for the house plants. ( I know - chemical fertilizer is bad, but their pot plants). Many many moths and also fruit flies looking for water drowned in it. I threw away the food that they got to (dog and bird food especially). I swatted the rest of the moths with a fly swatter. So what do you use for clothes moths in the closet or drawer? I used one of the chemicals for moths (not moth balls).
07/27/2007 9:12:38 AM CDT
Mary Anne Parker says ...
If ants are on the rampage you can use a spray bottle filled with a diluted dishsoap and water solution. I use about a teaspoon of dishsoap to a bottle of water. I put the water in the bottle first and then the dishsoap, shake the spray bottle to mix and spray the areas of invading ants. A quick wipe of the area with a sponge makes it clean and ant free area. I may have to repeat this several times but I have had good results and even my neighbors and friends have been switching to this more environmentally friendly 'solution'.
08/06/2007 5:39:52 PM CDT
Invisible Gardener says ...
Its wonderful to hear some many different ways people have devised to control ants, flies, etc. I am concerned a bit because many methods discussed are not exactly naural nor organic and in most cases not very good for the soil. An exampe, baking soda. Do you know what happens if you place baking soda in and around soil? It will kill it. That is to say, it will kill the beneficial in the soil and cause more damage to any plants around it. I suggest that everyone that reads the various methods folks have come up with, to think about what the substance will do the the environment. I understand you think its safer then pesticides, but you are just substituting one one for another, so please think twice about what you are doing. I started doing ant treatment in the 6th grade and I learned from experience that you really can't do everything folks say works. Happy Growing Organically of course. P.S. if you need to spray something try using essential oils at 1 drop per quart. This is excellent inside the house. I like using Cinnamon oil. Andy Lopez Invisible Gardener
09/12/2007 7:08:07 PM CDT
Melissa Spengler says ...
To get rid of mosquitos in or outside just put some listeren mouthwash in a spray bottle and mist around where you will be sitting. The little bloodsuckers don't like it and will stay away.
09/28/2007 6:49:10 PM CDT
Geraldine says ...
For the ants outside, as well as a variety of other bugs, including roaches, I find that the diatomaceous earth works best. It's made from ground up seashells and punctures those little bugger's shells. Basil plants are also a natural repellent for mosquitos. I keep several on my back deck and spread some leaves around when company arrives. If you ants coming in through the windows, dryer sheets will keep them out. They won't cross them.
10/09/2007 3:44:21 PM CDT
Geraldine says ...
To # 25 Rose Bates -- If you use grapefruit seed extract in a bowl of cold water, that will work great for cleaning fruits/veggies.
10/09/2007 3:50:42 PM CDT
Robin says ...
ANTS, ANTS, GO AWAY!!!!!! I am looking for a natural solution to get rid of ants in my home. Since I'm not sure of their entry point, I would like to be able to spray all along the baseboards and on the hardwood flooring, but I don't want to damage the wood. Any suggestions???? Also, is cinnamon oil as effective as ground cinnamon in getting rid of ants??? If so, how do you apply it? Do you add the cinnamon oil to water and spray it or put it on cotton or what? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
07/21/2009 7:56:36 PM CDT
Eva E. Wilkins says ...
If you add a squirt of soap to the vinegar, swish around, the flies can't get out. I Keep an open mason jar with it and it works great!
11/24/2009 3:46:42 PM CST
lil dove says ...
having a problem with fleas and other bugs, maybe bed bugs but have not seen any bed bugs in or on by bed. I do however work with dogs and maybe carry the fleas home with me. I also have a small roaches and little pests looking like crawling knats but don't fly. Now is there something herbal or natural that I can use? I'm so tired of spraying poisons. And can't really afford to get a new mattress. I vacume but they just keep coming back. Please help
11/19/2009 10:17:04 PM CST
Arnis says ...
Is there an eco way of getting rid of fleas in the carpet and house
11/01/2009 10:31:43 PM CST

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