Ultimate Pest Control Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Vietnamese cilantro
  • Italian parsley
  • Thai lemongrass

What's an effective cockroach killer?

  • boric acid
  • cinnamon
  • bacon grease

Give me another cockroach killer. I hate those things.

  • soapy water
  • lettuce
  • 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?

  • beer
  • wine
  • vodka

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