Pest Control

Pest Control

outdoor pest control. natural and non-toxic

Natural, non-toxic outdoor pest control

Mosquitos

Eliminating standing water goes a long way to curbing these suckers. Also try:

• planting lemongrass, also known as citronella;

• adding potted marigolds to seating areas — mosquitos hate their scent;

• combining one part cinnamon, castor oil or eucalyptus oil with ten parts alcohol for a homemade repellant spray; and

• applying concentrated garlic extract mixed with water and a binder like olive oil as a yard spray every two weeks.

Gnats

Gnats breed in decomposing plant matter, so keep mulch and soil covered with a dry top layer. Also:

• add a few drops of dish soap to an open container of vinegar for a homemade gnat trap;

• keep damp, shady areas well-aerated to prevent fungal growth;

• dab vanilla extract on skin or clothing to keep swarms away; and

• try sodium vapor outdoor lighting to reduce attraction.

Ants

Ants don’t just invade picnics: they’re drawn to all sorts of garden plants. Halt their march by:

• spreading coffee grounds throughout planted areas — they hate the smell;

• drawing a line of chalk around doors, windows and other entry points (they won’t cross it);

• planting fragrant herbs like lavender, rosemary or sage, which ants find repulsive.

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