These tips come from Dead Snails Leave No Trails: Natural Pest Control for Home and Garden by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor. The book, originally released in 1996, was revised for the first time in 2013.
Here’s a snippet from the intro to the new edition:
“Take a stroll through most home- and garden stores these days and it’s easy to believe we’ve cured our addiction to chemicals. Terms like “organic,” “earth friendly,” “all natural,” “locally grown,” and so on are prominently displayed on packaging. But our enlightenment may be more about slogans and marketing than a new understanding of the natural world and the importance of protecting it.
I realized how little we’ve moved toward chemical-free gardening while using social media.”
After posting some photos of tomato hornworms in her garden, Nancarrow was “shocked at the responses,” which “advocated everything up to and including nuclear attack.”
In Dead Snails Leave No Trails, she and Taylor have compiled “old-fashioned but logical methods of nonchemical gardening and pest control.” It’s not just about protecting the natural world–though that’s certainly important–but also protecting yourself, family, friends and pets from the toxic chemicals in conventional insect and pest control. So for this week’s Health Hack, here are five tips for exterminating home and garden organically.
Repel ants in your house. “Dab a little eucalyptus oil, citrus oil or lemon juice on a rag and wipe it in your cupboards or entry points,” advise Nancarrow and Taylor. “You can also soak a string in the oil and stuff it into tholes or along a crack.”
Keep mosquitoes out of your garden or yard. Lemongrass contains cintronella; when planted in gardens or around the yard, it can act as a natural mosquito repellent.
Bait roaches. Mix one part sugar and one part baking soda. Put the mixture in jar lids and place the lids along walls and baseboards, under sinks or wherever you’ve seen roaches.
Discourage moles. Keep moles from digging up your plants with this mole repellent: 2 tablespoons castor oil, one tablespoon dishwashing liquid and one gallon water. Mix together and coat the mole’s tunnels with the solution.
Control tomato hornworms. Planting basil alongside tomatoes helps keep tomato hornworms away.
You can find the original article HERE.