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Frugal Pest Control.

Ants Vinegar. Wash countertops, cabinets, and floor with equal parts vinegar and water to deter ant infestations. Flour and Borax. Mix 1 cup flour and 2 cups borax in a quart jar. Punch holes in the jar lid and sprinkle the contents around the house foundation. Keep borax out of the reach of children and pets.

Bone meal or powdered charcoal or lemon. Set up barriers where ants are entering. They will generally not cross lines of bone meal or powdered charcoal. If you can find a hole where ants are entering the house, squeeze the juice of a lemon in the hole or crack. Then slice up the lemon and put the peeling all around the entrance.

Pennyroyal, Spearmint, Southernwood, and Tansy. Growing these plants around the border of your home will deter ants and the aphids they carry. Fleas Vinegar. A ratio of 1 teaspoon vinegar to 1 quart water (per 40 pounds of pet weight) in their drinking water helps to keep your pets free of fleas and ticks. Fennel, Rosemary, Red Cedar Shavings, Sassafras, Eucalyptus, or Pennyroyal. Spread leaves or shavings of these plants under and around the pet's bed. Flies Orange. Scratch the skin of an orange and leave it out; the citrus acts as a repellent. Cloves. Hang clusters of cloves to repel flies.

Mint or Basil. Mint planted around the home repels flies. A pot of basil set on the windowsill or table helps to repel fleas. Keep basil well-watered from the bottom so that it produces a stronger scent. Dried ground leaves left in small bowls or hung in muslin bags are also effective. Sugar and Corn Syrup. Make your own fly paper by boiling sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Place mixture onto brown paper and hang or set out. .


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