Monday, August 18, 2008

Safer Alternatives to Commercial Pesticides

Here are safer alternatives to commercial pesticides:

Ants: Sprinkle cinnamon, bay leaves, cayenne pepper or baby powder in problem areas and along baseboards and Windowsills.

Cockroaches: Sprinkle equal parts of baking soda and confectioners' sugar in problem areas.

Mice: Place cotton dipped in peppermint oil near problem areas. Used kitty litter is another repellent.

Mosquitoes: Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water placed on your deck or balcony or dab lavender oil on your wrists and elbows.

Files: Small sachets of crushed mint placed around the home will discourage flies. So will a potted sweet basil plant. -Sid Kirchheimer

AARP Bulletin – May 2008

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