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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 hang out with his sister, but don't know as much about him. Because of associations with husbandry and healing?

    [quote author=Maulus link=topic=1037.msg27005#msg27005 date=1294309934]
    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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    I'll suggest the pepper. Unfortunately he can't afford to hire a garden guard, and there are a lot of cats who each only come sometimes... though the image of the family cycling through super soaker cat guard duty is pretty darn amusing :
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Another common pest: cockroaches *bleh*
    Hate hate hate them!

    Cockroaches hate salt, so placing rock salt around the place is a great way to keep them out. Also good if you have small children, since they won't be harmed by eating the salt (as opposed to bait) Either that or get a cat :P

    Oh, and snails. Crushing up egg shells and outgun them on the garden keeps slugs and snails away. They can't slide over them because it cuts their bodies up, but the eggs don't harm your plants. (salt also works, but is a horrible idea on a garden :P)

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=Gwen link=topic=1037.msg27100#msg27100 date=1294350752]
    I hang out with his sister, but don't know as much about him. Because of associations with husbandry and healing?

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    As Apollo Smintheus he presided over mice, and there was a version of him invoked during long hot Roman summers when he presided over the ludi Apollinares or Apolline Games which were celebrated between July 6th and the 13th in order to invoke the god’s help in sickness and war and ward off diseases associated with the heat of summer.
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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.msg27115#msg27115 date=1294358044]
    As Apollo Smintheus he presided over mice, and there was a version of him invoked during long hot Roman summers when he presided over the ludi Apollinares or Apolline Games which were celebrated between July 6th and the 13th in order to invoke the god’s help in sickness and war and ward off diseases associated with the heat of summer.
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    Thanks! I may do this myself quietly. (Don't think the guy would get it.)

    [quote author=PharaohKatt link=topic=1037.msg27114#msg27114 date=1294357851]
    Oh, and snails. Crushing up egg shells and outgun them on the garden keeps slugs and snails away. They can't slide over them because it cuts their bodies up, but the eggs don't harm your plants. (salt also works, but is a horrible idea on a garden :P)
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    You rock my sox! I'm savin' my eggshells.

    In related news, I've been experimenting with copper tape as localized snail repellent. Seems to work if I put 2" of tape just below the rim of a plastic cylinder open at both ends and dig the cylinder in just enough to stand as a wall around seedlings. (I cut the bottoms off of large-ish clear plastic food containers for the cylinders.) The last time I planted carrot seedlings (sans barrier) they were all eaten within three nights. The experimental carrot planted within the barrier has survived three nights now with no damage whatsoever. Yay!
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    For any animal getting into your garden, I've heard dusting it with crushed cayenne pepper keeps almost everything away. Deer, rabbits, cats. I don't know about small insects, but I could see that stuff burning any mucus membrane, aka snail bodies. Snails also hate salt, it burns them and can even kill them with long enough exposure, but salt also isn't very good for plants so...
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Is there a natural way I can deter spiders? I don't want to kill them, but my partner has a bit of a phobia, so I'd rather them not near the house. :/

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=PharaohKatt link=topic=1037.msg28245#msg28245 date=1294822689]
    Is there a natural way I can deter spiders? I don't want to kill them, but my partner has a bit of a phobia, so I'd rather them not near the house. :/
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    I'm glad for our spiders, they keep down the other crawlies... my partner dislikes them, but we have an arrangement whereby he doesn't kill them if I remove them whenever he spots one.
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=Gwen link=topic=1037.msg28248#msg28248 date=1294828164]
    I'm glad for our spiders, they keep down the other crawlies... my partner dislikes them, but we have an arrangement whereby he doesn't kill them if I remove them whenever he spots one.
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    I'm happy to move them, but He really can't stand to be near them (phobia). Our cats take care of the other crawlies, and they get the spiders too if I'm not around to rescue them.
    We also get red backs in summer, which I really DON'T want near the house, or near me. The one spider I don't like.

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    The best way to keep the spider population down is to keep the population of their prey down...they just want to be where their food is.
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    [quote author=Gwen link=topic=1037.msg26826#msg26826 date=1294176747]
    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.

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    If you handle it many times a day, and lots of it, it will be toxic to you. If you have pets, keep it away from them.

    Otherwise, it won't bother you much.

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