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Don't let them bug you

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By The Staff

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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