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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Marigolds and chrysanthemums ...
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    Indian Chief 'Two Eagles' was asked by a white government official; "You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done."

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    The official continued; "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

    The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied.. "When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine Man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex."

    Then the chief leaned back and smiled; "Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that."




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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=magusjinx link=topic=1037.msg24972#msg24972 date=1293411815]
    Marigolds and chrysanthemums ...
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    Exactamundo. Much better than toxic chemicals.

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    For fleas, get a pie tin of soapy water and a desk lamp, place the lamp over the water so that it heats up. The fleas will be attracted to the heat, and then sink in the soapy water killing them.


    For ants, a pin tin of sugar that has boric acid mixed in ants pick up the tainted sugar, bring back, whole mound dies. Just make sure you keep this away from pets.


    With mice, making sure the house is sealed up is your first line of defense. After that, guess what, somebody did make a better mousetrap http://www.amazon.com/Victor-M260-Mu...462&sr=8-1 This thing ROCKS.

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    I simply can't restrain myself....I once easily got rid of the biggest household pest ever. I simply threw the bum out!
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=LadyGarnetRose link=topic=1037.msg25036#msg25036 date=1293434500]
    With mice, making sure the house is sealed up is your first line of defense. After that, guess what, somebody did make a better mousetrap http://www.amazon.com/Victor-M260-Mu...462&sr=8-1 This thing ROCKS.
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    Wow...This would be great for getting rid of barn mice. It seems a little overkill for one house though. We usually kill max of five mice and then they're gone.
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=LadyGarnetRose link=topic=1037.msg25036#msg25036 date=1293434500]
    For ants, a pin tin of sugar that has boric acid mixed in ants pick up the tainted sugar, bring back, whole mound dies. Just make sure you keep this away from pets.
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    Wiki says mixed things about boric acid's toxicity and possible long-term side effects of exposure. Do you know anything about this? I'd love to try something new but I'm cautious.

    [quote author=Shahaku link=topic=1037.msg23409#msg23409 date=1292726098]
    For ants and other crawly type bugs... Be insanely protective against crumbs for awhile. I know that's difficult with toddlers, hell it's difficult with adults. But eat only at the table and swipe and vaccume immediately after eating. Keep your (indoor) garbage cans right outside the kitchen door, or farther away if you don't mind walking every time you need to through something away. Welcome spiders (cringing at thought, but...). Get a good spray for your house, I think we use Orchid or something like that that works really well. You can spray it inside so that the rain won't wash it away.
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    We only get a few lone strays most of the time, it's just that they invade en masse whenever there's rain. I'm a grad student and not the best about being a food-scrap nazi (and my partner and I are still negotiating what "tidy house" means), but I've seen them swarm when there's nothing on the counters at all and raid the pantry for low-sugar cereal and flour. Yes, flour. O.o
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    A friend has raised garden beds (2-3' tall, a bit under 1 m for those on metric) that some local ferile cats have been using as litterboxes. He's tried some kind of fancy deterrent spray that did nothing at all. We're thinking chicken wire is the way to go, but does anyone have other ideas?

    If it matters, the crops are various herbs and veggies on rotation. A lot of beds are fallow this season, though I'm not sure how related that is to the cats' decision--they're all from a litter that was born nearby about 3 mo ago, and the problem has grown as they have.
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Have you tried putting black pepper on the beds they are using? we used to use it where our cats decided to toilet behind the TV. The smell irritates their noses and they tend to not go back for a while.


    Failing that, stand guard with a high powered water pistol and shoot them with it when they get to the beds, a couple of times of being soaked and they won't want to come back.


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    Or try an offering to Apollo.
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    Phantom Turnips never die.... they just get stewed occasionally....

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=Tylluan Penry link=topic=1037.msg27009#msg27009 date=1294315844]
    Or try an offering to Apollo.
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    I second this.

    That aside, I'd just like to bring up another pest that nobody has mentioned yet - the dreaded moth. You know, the kinds that get into your rice/oatmeal/cereal/flour/potatoes and lays eggs, ruining a whole bag? Yeah, I hate those little...fellas.

    To repel them, fill a spray bottle with water and add four drops each lavender and cedar oils. Shake well and give each cabinet a good spritz or two. I like to spray the backs of the cabinet doors, too. We haven't had moths around since I started doing this, and no, it hasn't made our food taste weird.

    The lavender/cedar water is also a flea repellent and can be sprayed on carpet, bedding, upholstery, and directly onto pets.
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