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Garden Pests

Here are just a few of the many ways you can put salt to good use in your garden:

Kill poison ivy
Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer. It is best to use gentle dish soap. Avoid any plant life that you want to keep.

Arrange artificial flowers
Artificial flowers can be held in place by pouring salt into the vase, adding a little cold water and then arranging the flowers. The salt become solid as it dries and holds the flowers in place.

Stop ants
Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.

Prevent patio weeds
If weeds or grass grow between bricks or blocks in your patio, sidewalk or driveway, carefully spread salt between the cracks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.

Destroy Moths
Salt helps destroy moths and drives away ants.

Mosquitoes and flies:

  • Take a ripe orange and insert cloves in it, the smell it produces will keep mosquitoes away.
  • Burn lavender oil in an oil burner. You can also use lemon grass oil. It works just as well.

If you have wall to wall carpeting and you have moths, place a wet towel on top of the area where you notice their damage. Place a very hot iron on top of the towel and press the option for steam. The steam and the heat will finish up the bothersome pests.

Cockroaches come in your house during the hot season, they lay eggs and these hatch. Pretty soon you will have a big colony of roaches of all sizes. It is very difficult to keep them at bay, but you can try some of these homemade recipes:

  • Mix borax and condensed milk. Make little balls and place them in the corners of your house. Cockroaches will eat them attracted by the sweetness in the condensed milk. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Spray Sodium Octaborate in crevices all around your house.
  • Use Chinese chalk to draw a line around the areas you want to protect from roaches. (I am not so sure about this one)
  • Put garlic cloves on the soil around your plants, this will keep some insects away.
  • Plant Marigolds around your garden. Insects don’t like the smell of this flower.
  • Place cooking salt or lime around the plants to combat slugs.
  • Place coffee grinds around your vegetable plants to prevent pests from eating them.
  • Fumigate your favorite plants with a mixture of water and cigarette flakes or tobacco. Do it as follows:
  1. Flake some cigarettes and put them in a container with water.
  2. Allow to soak overnight.
  3. Strain the tobacco and put the resulting water in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray plants with that water.
  • Spray plants with a soap solution made with laundry detergent and water.