Natural Pest Control

Dealing with creepy crawlies naturally

Ants:

Sprinkle powered red chilli pepper, paprika, dried peppermint or borax where ants are entering your home.

Cockroaches:

Make a paste of borax, flour and sugar (equal parts) and spread on floor of infested area. Repeat after four days, and again after two weeks.

Moths:

Air clothes well in the sun and store in airtight containers (such as a plastic bag)
with sachets of lavender or cedar chips.

Silverfish:

Repel silverfish by putting a mixture of borax, sugar and vinegar on baseboards
and in cupboards.

If it becomes necessary to contact a pest control business to sort out your household pests, look for one that is environmentally-friendly. Such pest control businesses will target your specific pest problem and will ensure that they do not use products that are generally hazardous.

Natural pest repellents for gardens and vegetables

Rather than use insecticides and pesticides in your garden, grow indigenous plants, pull weeds out manually, and spray a soap and water mixture onto plants to deter insects. This will reduce your need for products that contain hazardous active ingredients that are harmful to the environment and are also unsafe.

Indigenous Garden

When planting your vegetable seeds, it is better to ‘interplant’. In other words, when onions are planted in-between carrots, the mixed scent confuses potential pests and prevents them from eating your growing vegetables.

Other good ‘deterrents’ that can be planted in-between vegetables include strong-smelling herbs or plants such as marigolds and spring onions. Chives and garlic keep aphids away from roses. Rosemary, nasturtiums, peppermint, sage and basil are all used to keep flying insects and ants away.

source: SMART Living Handbook

Other waste topics:

Reduce, reuse, recycle
What you can, and can't, recycle
Hazardous waste (chemicals, batteries & CFLs)
Start a compost heap or worm bin
Safe, alternative cleaning products

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