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EyelashExtensions
04-23-2008, 02:29 AM
Natural ways to get rid of pests and weeds!

MOSQUITOES
For rain barrels etc... use a tablespoon of olive oil.

EARWIGS
* A favored control method is spreading diatomaceous earth where they are apt to crawl. Make applications in late spring about a week apart, and treat the soil around the foundations of houses, along walks, fences, and around trees. Botanical insecticides should be used as spot treatments or crack and crevice sprays.
* One possible control in dealing with earwigs is to mix insecticide soap with isopropyl alcohol and spray the infested area every two to three days for two weeks. To make this spray add 1 tablespoon of the alcohol to each quart of insecticide soap.
* Another method is to trap earwigs in pieces of old hose or rolled up newspapers. Check these during day and shake the insects into a bucket of soapy water.
* A very successful method to get rid of earwigs is to take a shallow, straight-sided container and fill it half full with vegetable oil. Clean out the bodies every day and you may reuse the oil as often as you like. We have found that this works particularly well in a greenhouse situation.
* Here's another trap mixture: 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp dry yeast, 8 ozs water. Mix all the ingredients well and place in a small plastic container (like a cottage cheese container). Bury the container to ground level. Clean it out as needed.


ANTS
Mix together in a container that will not be used for anything else:
4 ounces of peanut butter
4 ounces of sugar
4 ounces of boric acid
Set in place where the ants are congregating. Leave in place for several days allowing the ants to feed. May need to be repeated.
CAUTION: You want to place the bait where the ants will eat it but not where children or pets can get it.

APHIDS
* Squashing a few aphids around the infested plants releases a chemical signal that makes the other aphids drop from the plants and leave.
* To foil aphids: flatten a square of aluminum foil around the base of plants to bounce light on the undersides of leaves. This also helps the plants in giving them more light.
* Try a barrier of powdered charcoal, calcium dust or bonemeal to keep them away from your plants.
* Stinging Nettle Spray: Aphids & Thrips - Cover 1 quart nettles with water, cover and ferment for 3 weeks. Mix 1 part nettle tea with 7 parts water. Spray.
* Spread out a barrier of tansy around the base of the plant to stop those ants.
* Use a spray made from a tea of tomato or potato leaves and water.
* Chop 12 or so tomato leaves and 1 chopped onion in 1/2 cup of of 70% isopropyl alcohol for a few minutes. Apply the mixture directly on aphids with a cue tip or paintbrush.
* A forceful spray of water is often enough to knock the aphids off the plant and may discourage the ants, well sometimes.
* Put a bright yellow plastic pan in a strategic spot in the garden. Fill it a third of the way full with water. Aphids are drawn to the yellow color, land on the water, sink and drown.
* A soap spray can be used to strip them of their protective wax coating, dehydrating them. Mix 1 tablespoon of Castile soap to 1 gallon of water, spray.
* Garlic oil spray can kill aphids and other soft bodied pests.
* A dusting of diatomaceous earth is lethal to aphids. Wear a mask when using DE.
* Teas made from elderberry or rhubarb leaves can act as a deterrent. Oxalic acid is the compound present in these plants that makes a spray effective. It is poisonous.
* Place banana peels at the base of infested plant. The peels give them a shot of potassium too!
* Also See: Treatments: Horseradish, elderberry and yarrow tea.
* For wooly aphids on apple trees: grow the trailing type nasturtiums training them to wrap up and around the tree trunk to ward off these pests. Very attractive too! Note: nasturtiums will specifically attract the black aphid while repelling others.


WEEDS
Into a 32-oz. hand sprayer, combine one ounce gin, one ounce liquid soap and one ounce vinegar. Spray just the weeds..."

Vinegar and salt mixture will also work well.

EyelashExtensions
04-23-2008, 02:33 AM
Step 1
Make the undiluted oil
mixture
1Cup of vegetable oil
(Safflower, corn, soybean
or GMO free canola)
1Tablespoon
biodegradable
dishwashing liquid
Place excess in a jar or
squeezable bottle in the
fridge for later use.
Step 2
1Tablespoon oil mixture
or
1Teaspoon for delicate
plants
2Cups of water
Place in a spray bottle.
Because oil & water don’t
mix well, shake the spray
bottle often while
applying.
Repeat treatment in 7-10
days


Garlic Oil Spray
Step 1
3 Ounces of minced garlic
2 teaspoons of mineral oil
Soak the garlic in the
mineral oil for a least 24
hours…
Mix in a glass jar
_ Ounce of dishwashing
liquid
1 Pint of water
garlic and mineral oil mix
Step 2
You can use the glass jar
to store the excess
solution.
Plant Application Use
Only:
1-2 Tablespoons of
concentrated garlic mix
1 Pint of water
1 Spray bottle

lovekisses
04-23-2008, 09:28 AM
I love the ants one!! We had major ants when we moved here it wasnt funny!!

Thanks and Im gonna try it as soon as I know the lil buggers are coming around...