If outdoor pests have taken control of your garden, knowing some easy ways to control them may help you make your garden more hospitable for people. Take this quiz to see how good is your knowledge of how to control outdoor pests.
To deter birds, construct a wooden frame and attach window screening to it. Use stakes to install the frame a few inches above the soil.
The screening will deter bugs and other garden pests, but still lets water and sunlight through to nourish the plants.
To get rids of ants, a sprinkling of grits or cornmeal on the ant hill may do the job.
These types of grains expand rapidly when exposed to moisture. When ants eat the grains, the grains expand, from moisture, and no more ant.
Lavender oil is effective against mosquitoes, flies and other biting insects.
Lavender is chemical-free and safe to use on skin.
Sprinkle some perfume on rags, and put them around the spaces you prefer to keep skunks out of. Skunks do not like the smell of perfume.
Any inexpensive scent may work, including strong aftershave.
Slugs like to munch on greens and the delicate leaves of young plants.
Use rinsed, crushed up eggshells to deter slugs.
Eggshells and coffee grounds may be used to enrich your soil, and both help to control slugs.
Use a thin line of flour as a roadblock, and ants may choose to go elsewhere.
Sudden noises may cause birds to fly away.
Mice, rats and squirrels do not care for the smell of peppermint.
Mint spreads quickly and may crowd other plants
For a fresh and delicious beverage, add mint to your hot or iced tea.
Sprinkle a mixture of borax and flour around the foundation of your home.
Borax may be toxic, or an irritant to the skin and the respiratory system, so use with caution.
Use two parts borax to one part white flour, shake and sprinkle around your home's foundation.
At the grocery store, borax may be found with the laundry products. Borax is known as a laundry booster.