If you are reading this you probably don’t need to be convinced that natural pesticides are preferable to toxic ones. Herewith are a variety of solutions:
Homemade boric acid ant stations. The formula is 1/4 tsp boric acid and 1 tbs sugar to 3 tbs
hot water. You need to leave this stuff out in jar lids, etc along their trails (but away from pets). This will draw them in for awhile, so it will seem worse, but in about 5 days the workers will have taken it home and destroyed the colony.
Wikipedia cautions that it’s important to avoid spraying them, because that can stimulate increased egg production in the colony, or worse, can cause the production of secondary colonies in your walls, etc..
1 Gal Vinegar
2 C Epsom Salt
1/4 C Dish Soap(Original blue Dawn, recommended)
Mix in your sprayer (add dish detergent last to avoid bubble-over)
Write the recipe on the sprayer or on paper and cover with clear mailing tape so anyone using it know the ingredients. It will kill any plant you spray it on so use carefully.
Spray in the morning after dew has evaporated.
1 1/2 cups food grade powdered citric acid (available in bulk online or at restaurant supply , home brewing & some natural food stores)
1 1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt (but kosher salt works fine)
Combine and mix in a large air right jar (quart Mason-type jar works well)
Use 1 tablespoon per dishwasher load.
Pour used coffee grounds down the sink or bathtub drain, followed by 3 drops of dish soap and a pot of boiling water. This will clean and clear the drain of clogs and built up grease.
Easy to make. Thanks to Grist for the recipe
2 ounces of vodka ( cheap stuff works just fine)
- 20-40 drops of essential oils
- 6 ounces water
- an 8-ounce spray bottle
Mix all of the ingredients in the spray bottle and give it a good shake for about 30 seconds … and you’re done! If you want to get extra fancy, you can make a cute label to stick it on the bottle.
Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water. Shake.Ready to use.
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