It concerns me to see posts about killing insects and animals when it is just as effective and less poisonous to repel or prevent infestation.
where do u get pennyroyal from i am in usa
Thank you, I will be trying some of your tips. I also don't believe in killing bugs. I have a spider that lives on my kitchen window sill, he is harmless and never comes out of the safety of his corner. He only hurts flys that get in his web which is fine by me. I have 3 grown children and 2 grand babies, I taught my children to "set free" spiders and critters that get in the house. Through the years we have caught some interesting things. Sometimes we would keep them for a day or two in a cage or jar to watch and learn about them. Some even went to show and tell at school.
I don't think the golden rule, "do on to others as you would have them do on to you" was intended for fellow humans only.
This is such informative info!!!
Do you have more?
Thanks for such good info. I'm also disturbed by how people want to instantly kill anything that gets in the house or on the property. The whole world is not just about humans.
I tried the cayenne pepper for the ants, but they just walked right thru it, didn't seem to matter to them.
Do you live in the city or in the country? Killing insects is fine. If they are in my home they are fair game. The only insect that I do not usually kill in the house is a spider. They will get deposited outside (even in the dead of winter!!!).
Everyone I know would think that I went crazy if they saw me in my home, catching a fly with a butterfly net, in order to put the fly outside. And tansy is a weed and I do not like weeds in my yard.
During recent construction of our home a few squirrels got into the house. They are living in the spaces between the walls & ceilings on our ground levels. They seem to like insulation as we keep finding pieces around. We DO NOT want to call an exterminator as that would mean killing them & we would like to avoid that. What are our options?
Many thanks for your information, it is so refreshing to find someone that doesn't want to kill every insect they see.
You can get pennyroyal oil from most health food stores it costs around $5-$7 for a 1 ounce bottle but is worth it. Also if you plan to use it on your dog(s) DO NOT put on full strength it can kill them!!! Dilute it in a spray bottle 1 oz pennyroyal oil to 18 oz of water, the pet as well as his bedding and other suroundings canbe sprayed.
What good ideas! I cannot wait to try some. I like to find organic ways to kill insects in my garden so I know where you are coming from. I also will try to use the flea idea, that is always a problem when you have animals. Thank you for posting such interesting problem solutions.
Is pennyroyal safe for cats? Must it be diluted and if yes, with what and how much?
I personally am not in favor of dosing our animals with "home remedies". I'm of the opinion that the less we humans do, the better , in most cases. A good flea comb is my weapon of choice when it comes to flea control. Hardwood or linoleum floors and a powerful vacuum are my second best weapons.
For garden pest control, we're planning to try Garlic Barrier this year. Anyone else tried this product? I'd really like to hear how it's worked for others.
Thanks for the interesting and good info. People should not kill indiscriminately, but "Thou shalt not kill" is actually "thou shalt not murder" (murder is planned -- see Strong's concordance). Some have learned to talk with the animals/creatures and get them to leave -- I have done so once or twice, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. Best.
Anyone have a remedy for repeling spiders??
For cryin' out loud people. We are talking about bugs in the house here! Bugs cause millions upon millions of dollars a year in damages to homes in the US each year. Taking a chance on your health is beyond anything. The emergency room deals with home bug bites, illnesses from bites to children, adults and animals all of the time. Bugs do not belong in your home, they belong OUTDOORS! It is not natural to have any bug living in your home...you don't know what they carry. These critters are around your food supplies, your clothes and bedding and all of your space. Do whatever you can to rid your home of insects, it is unnatural for them to be inside your home and a real hazard to your health.
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