Homemade Natural Bug Spray

If you surf around the net much you’ll probably stumble onto a recipe like this one to repel mosquitoes, and other insects. Fact is, there are many oils that can be applied on their own to deter mosquitoes. See the list after the basic recipe included here for more options and other oils to try. This is a recipe but simply rubbing the oil onto your skin is said to be very effective.

1/2 Teaspoon Eucalyptus Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Citronella Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Grass Oil
3 1/2 oz. of Witch Hazel

Combine all in a suitably sized spray bottle.
Shake before use.

Also try:

Castor Oil
Cedar Oil
Cinnamon Oil
Citronella Oil
Clove Oil
Geranium Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Lemongrass Oil
Peppermint Oil
Rosemary Oil

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035973_mosquito_repellents_clothing_summer.html#ixzz2RlZERbdp

How to Get Rid of Ants

Someone sent this idea in for getting rid of ants. I like that it is basically all things we have around our house anyway … no heavy duty chemicals or things that can hurt my family, or the environment.

You can get Boric Acid at many grocery stores, big box stores and even some pool supply stores. I use it in my pool!

Don’t let the name Boric Acid scare you. Don’t inhale it and eat it or drink the mix … no of course not! Here is what Wikipedia.org has to say:

Boric acid, also called hydrogen borate, boracic acid, orthoboric acid and acidum boricum, is a weak acid of boron often used as an antiseptic, insecticide, flame retardant, neutron absorber, or precursor to other chemical compounds. It has the chemical formula H3BO3 (sometimes written B(OH)3), and exists in the form of colorless crystals or a white powder that dissolves in water.

Boric acid was first registered in the US as an insecticide in 1948 for control of cockroaches, termites, fire ants, fleas, silverfish, and many other insects. The product is generally considered to be safe to use in household kitchens to control cockroaches and ants.[16] It acts as a stomach poison affecting the insects’ metabolism, and the dry powder is abrasive to the insects’ exoskeletons.

You’ll need:
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Boric Acid
3 cups warm water

Slowly mix it all together in a suitable container, large enough so you can stir it up and not spill.
Store the mixture in a glass or other suitable jar, sealed tightly.

The person who sent this in used cotton balls pulled apart enough to cover and fill a shallow dish or jar lid. Then poured the solution in to fill the lid, and saturate all of the cotton. Place this lid in the area of the ant hill, or where you are finding the ants.

DO NOT LET YOUR ANIMALS OR CHILDREN GET AT THIS – KEEP IT AWAY FROM THEM.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts, cultivar unknown
Species Brassica oleracea
Cultivar group Gemmifera group
Cultivar group members Cabbage

An old adage is to “plant Brussels sprouts in mid to late spring, after the last frost, and then do not harvest until after the first frost.” Frost enhances it’s flavor.

Cutting off the top of the stem makes for larger sprouts, but leaving it to grow as tall as it wants, 3 feet or more, makes for sweeter, albeit, smaller sprouts.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 179 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.95 g
– Sugars 2.2 g
– Dietary fiber 3.8 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 3.38 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 μg (5%)
– beta-carotene 450 μg (4%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 1590 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.139 mg (12%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.09 mg (8%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.745 mg (5%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.309 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.219 mg (17%)
Folate (vit. B9) 61 μg (15%)
Choline 19.1 mg (4%)
Vitamin C 85 mg (102%)
Vitamin E 0.88 mg (6%)
Vitamin K 177 μg (169%)
Calcium 42 mg (4%)
Iron 1.4 mg (11%)
Magnesium 23 mg (6%)
Manganese 0.337 mg (16%)
Phosphorus 69 mg (10%)
Potassium 389 mg (8%)
Sodium 25 mg (2%)
Zinc 0.42 mg (4%)

Percentages are relative to
US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

All Natural Snake Repellent

Snakes, like any other animal, are attracted by a food source. Mice are a common source of food for snakes so you want to rid your property of mice. Start by getting rid of everything that is excess or debris. Basically clean the property up.

Go around your house and block up all the openings to crawl spaces or entrances to your basement. You may still have some openings that are required, sometimes around plumbing, oil fill pipes, electrical etc. Use steel mesh screening to completely block all open spots around these utility entrances. Spraying with a foam sealant is also a good idea, but mice may chew right through that stuff.

This will also keep any curious snake, or one looking for a hiding place, from entering your home. It will keep the mice, as a food source, away as well.

You can also mix up some snake deterrent. Use clove oil and cinnamon oil as a 50/50 mixture and spray everywhere that you want snakes to not be.