Natural Pest Control
Gardening can be a rewarding endeavor, but keeping your plants alive sometimes means doing a little crowd control! Conventional poisons can harm soil, children, and pets, so here are some natural solutions I found:
Earwig Sauce Trap:
2 tbsp soy sauce
½ c cooking oil
Mix together, leave overnight. This catches earwigs, centipedes, ants, and cockroaches. Keep away from pets.
Ant & Spider Spray:
5-10 drops peppermint or cinnamon essential oil
Mix and spray. I found that ants avoided places sprayed.
½ c powdered sugar
3 tbsp borax
Enough water to make a thick syrup
Mix together, drop near ants. This killed some ants and the colony moved away. Keep away from pets & children.
Boozy Slug Trap:
Beer of choice
Shallow bowl or container
Leave bowl out overnight. Dispose of caught slugs/snails.
Plants/Herbs for pest control:
Marigolds - Mosquitoes, aphids
Nasturtiums - Aphids, beetles, squash bugs
Basil & Lavender - House flies, mosquitoes
Lemongrass, lemon balm, mint, rosemary - mosquitoes
Thyme - whiteflies, cabbage loopers & maggots, corn earworms, hornworms
Dill - aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, hornworms
Fennel - slugs, aphids, snails
Allium Family (chives/onions/leeks)- Slugs, aphids
Borage - Hornworms, cabbage moths