All Creatures Great and Small

Natural pest control

Here is some information on natural methods of controlling pests in your home or business. I will post more. If you have any pest questions, you can contact me at askthebugman2013@gmail.com.

For most insects, you can mix ½ cup of Tabasco sauce with one onion and a half dozen cloves of garlic in a blender with 2 cups of water. Blend the material and let it stand for 24 hours. Then add two more cups of water and a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap. You can also kill any bug in your house with a mixture of water (40%), alcohol (40%) and dish soap (20%). No need to ever use pesticides inside your home or business.

There are good baits available for controlling cockroaches. You can put equal amounts of baking soda and sugar out in flat containers and they will take it. You can also make a roach dough by combining ½ c. powdered sugar and ¼ c. shortening or bacon drippings. Add ½ c. onions, ½ c. flour and 8 oz. baking soda. Add enough water to make a dough-like consistency. Make balls of bait and put them wherever you see roaches. You can also control roaches by putting down some duct tape, sticky side up. They will be attracted to the glue and get stuck. If you have roaches outside, put out some pie pans filled with beer. They will go in the pans and drown and they don’t check IDs. Don’t use Lite beer. They prefer good beer.

You can repel ants with a wide variety of products, including cinnamon, baking, cedar oil, talcum powder, chalk, coffee grounds, borax, garlic, broken egg shells, bone meal, black or red pepper, peppermint, paprika, chili powder and mint leaves.

Here is a recipe for effective, homemade ant baits/traps that use borax. It attracts ants looking for either moisture or food. You will need: 3 c. water, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. borax or 2 tsp. food-grade DE or aspartame, 6 small screw-top jars with lids, such as jelly jars covered with masking tape, which will enable the ants to climb up the side. Mix the sugar, water and borax (or food-grade DE or aspartame) in a bowl. Loosely half-fill the jars with cotton balls or pieces of sponge or wadded paper towels. Pour up to ½ cup of the sugary mixture over the cotton balls, saturating them. Make several small holes in the lid. Screw the lids on the jars tightly.

Most ants can also be controlled using a bait made from two tablespoons each of peanut butter and jelly mixed with one tablespoon of boric acid or borax. Place the bait where you see the ants foraging.

For weed control you can mix 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap and 1 cup of Epson salts in a garden sprayer. Spray weeds generously, wait a couple days, they’re dead. No reason to use Roundup or other toxic herbicides

No reason to spend a lot of money on exterminators who will spray pesticides inside and outside your home. Pesticides are weapons of mass destruction. There are natural alternatives

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About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…

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