All of us have to deal with pest control at some point -- whether it's ants in the kitchen, aphids in the garden or roaches in the bathroom. But you don't have to go all toxic on the little buggers -- there are kinder, gentler ways to eradicate them.
What's a natural way to get rid of ants?
Put a little pile of sugar at their entry point.
Spray them with lemon juice.
Set cucumber slices around your kitchen counter.
What's a plant that I can put in my backyard to repel mosquitoes?
What's an effective cockroach killer?
Give me another cockroach killer. I hate those things.
red pepper powder
How can I get rid of the fleas on my poor dog?
spraying it with decaffeinated tea
bathing it in lavender water
sponging it with a water-and-lemon mixture
Aphids are destroying my garden. How do I destroy them?
Water your plants with a mixture of water and canola oil.
Spray your plants with soapy water.
Sprinkle salt on your garden.
How do I keep squirrels from eating my tomato plants?
Remove all stakes so the squirrels can't climb up.
Sprinkle the plants with cayenne pepper.
Erect a plastic tent over the tomato plants.
My garden is infested with slimy slugs. What's an easy way to kill them?
I've heard of companion planting as a natural pest control method. What is it, exactly?
working with a friend so one can look out for pests while the other plants
planting in groups instead of rows to discourage weeds
planting pairs or combinations of plants together to repel various insects and weeds
Why is African marigold known as a good companion plant?
because its leaves shade other plants
because it attracts flies that eat pests from other plants
because its strong roots strangle weeds that might kill other plants