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Natural Ant Control

Block cracks & points of entry with caulk. Try to water a little more outside – ants come in when they are thirsty or they smell something good. Keep clean. Wipe down kitchen counters, floors and cabinets with equal parts vinegar and water. Place animal food bowls in shallow pans of vinegar or water (you […]

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Insecticide for Plants

* 8 oz. sugar, 4-8 oz. 3% peroxide (food grade) in 1 gallon water and use as a spray. * or: 1%soap and 99%water as a spray using a container affixed to the end of a hose. * or: Use predator insects or bacillus thuringiensis * or: Mix 1 gallon of water, 2 tablespoons dishsoap, […]

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Ridding Your Home of Moths

Avoid mothballs and flakes. Clean garments thoroughly before storing them in a sealed closet, bag, trunk or other container – moths are attracted to dirt on clothes. Vacuum the closet regularly to get rid of moths food sources. Cedar (hangers, lining, shavings, oil) or lavender (dried, sachets, oil) act as deterrents. Moth eggs can be […]

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Make Your Own Natural Bug Repellents

All natural bug repellents are becoming more common over their toxic counterparts. Why not try to make up your own natural bug repellent and see the different in the lack of fumes (some even smell really good!) and the cheaper price. Most all of these bug repellents incorporate essential oils. Tick Repellent * 20 drops […]

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Citronella Lotion

Get your dried, organic herbs, organic essential oils, bulk spices, loose leaf organic teas and aromatherapy supplies at the place where we shop – Starwest Botanicals! * 2 ounces distilled water * 2 ounces olive oil * 120 drops citronella essential oil A lotion is an emulsification of water and oil. To prepare: Put water […]

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Herbal Insect Repellent Oil

* 1 part fresh pennyroyal * 1 part fresh thyme * 1/2 part fresh basil * 1/2 part neem leaf (if available) * tea tree essential oil * citronella essential oil * olive oil Pick your fresh herbs. Manually remove any dirt then set them in a sunny place until the herbs are wilted. Using […]

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Good Riddance to Fleas

Avoid all insecticides except those with the active ingredient de-limonine gas which is derived from citrus extracts (dips, flea collars, and flea prescriptions as they all can cause harm to the animal). Add brewer’s yeast and garlic to the pet’s food. For fleas on the pet, wash with warm soapy water and use a flea […]

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Bug Repellent Cream

* 1/4 cup pennyroyal-infused grapeseed oil * 1/4 cup mineral oil * 1 tspn coconut oil * 2 Tbsp beeswax * 1/8 tspn borax powder * 1/4 cup distilled water * 5 drops lemongrass * 3 drops citronella * 20 drops lavender * 10 drops rosemary * 10 drops eucalyptus * 10 drops pine needle […]

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