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02-23-2005 07:50 PM
Spaggie Below are some great natural remedies for those unwanted creepy-crawlies.

* Get rid of slugs and snails by spreading crushed eggshells where they are prone to travel. They won't travel over the rough surface and if they do, it's good-bye slug.

* You can also get rid of snails and slugs with yucky, cheap beer. Just fill a jar lid with beer and place it where snails and slugs like to hang out. It's best to get it as flush with the ground as possible, so you may have to dig a little indention in the dirt.

* Want one more slug remedy? Coffee is a great fix as well. Spread your used coffee grounds around slug or snail infested areas.

* Ants are no fun. To get rid of them, make a bait of 99% sugar and 1% boric acid. Remember to keep the mixture away from kids and pets.

* Ladybugs eat aphids, and in the words of the all powerful Martha, that's a good thing. Most experts agree that purchased lady bugs are not always the best for controlling aphids and that it's better to attract them naturally. You can do that by planting: parsley, wild buckwheat, white sweet clover, tansy, sweet fennel, sweet alyssum, spearmint, Queen Anne's lace, hairy vetch, flowering buckwheat, crimson clover, cowpeas, common knotweed, caraway and black locust.

* Make your own "insecticide" using only three simple and non-toxic ingredients. Take a bar of Ivory Soap and drop it in two cups of water. Allow it to sit overnight. You want much of it to dissolve. The next morning, remove what has not dissolved and put the mixture in a spray bottle along with 1/4 cup corn oil. Shake well. spray on infested plants, both the top and bottom of the leaves.

* Remember that many pests really don't like certain plants such as mint, marigolds, garlic and basil. Try mingling some of these with other plants or flowers to ward off unwanted insects.

* Flies are not necessarily a garden pest, but they most definitely qualify as unwanted pests. You can help keep them out of your house by keeping potted basil around as well as citrus peel pomanders.

* I love to look at deer, but if they are eating your garden away, there are some natural remedies. Mix one TBSP liquid dish detergent with one ounce hot sauce into one liter of water and spray plants that deer have been eating.

* If you have a large area you need to make less attractive to hungry deer, try this mixture: 1 cup milk, 2 TBSP cooking oil, 2 gallons of water, 2 TBSP liquid detergent and 2 whole eggs. Mix it up and pour it into a spray bottle. The eggs will help it stick to plants through a light rain, but will have to be reapplied after a heavy rain.

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