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If you don’t want bugs in your home, but also don’t feel right about using pesticides, you might want to try the following, ecologically satisfying solutions from Eartheasy.com:
Ante up against ants.
• Keep a small spray bottle handy, and spray the ants with a bit of soapy water.
• Set out cucumber peels or slices in the kitchen or at the ants’ point of entry. Many ants have a natural aversion to cucumber. Bitter cucumbers work best.
• Leave a few tea bags of mint tea near areas where the ants seem most active. Dry, crushed mint leaves or cloves also work as ant deterrents.
Better than DEET:
• Plant Thai lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus), a natural and effective mosquito repellent. It contains the natural oil, citronella, which is safe and effective; in fact, lemon grass citronella is considered more effective than true citronella as an insect repellent.
• Another option is planting marigolds around your yard. The flowers work as a natural bug repellent because the flowers give off a fragrance bugs and flying insects do not like.
Non-toxic fly control:
• Use mint as a fly repellent. Small sachets of crushed mint can be placed around the home to discourage flies.
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