Garden Guy Recipes for Getting Rid of Insects

orange peel

Organic general spray Compost tea Molasses Apple cider vinegar Liquid seaweed Stockings Bucket Compost Disease and Insect Control Garlic Garlic pepper tea Orange oil Herbicide 1 pint white vinegar 4 oz. Orange oil 1 tsp. basic “H” (available at Shaklee.net) Non-beneficial nematodes Lemon peel Orange peel Scorpion control Diatomaceous earth Cinnamon Orange guard Flea control Diatomaceous earth Beneficial nematodes Orange oil Compost tea Fungus control Cornmeal Kills things 2 oz. … Read More →

Scorpions

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No matter where you tend to live in AZ scorpions seem to be a problem. Along with their dangerous nature, they are difficult to kill; however, they can be prevented and eliminated using organic methods. The first thing you will want to keep in mind is that by eliminating/ preventing, their food source you eliminate/ prevent their desire to stay in and around your home. So what is their food … Read More →

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth

So, what exactly is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous Earth is made from the silicate fossils of prehistoric hard-shelled algae known as Diatoms. Over time the fossils have formed a chalky sedimentary rock that is mined from areas that were once covered by oceans and lakes. This sedimentary rock is then ground up to form the powder that we know as Diatomaceous Earth, or DE. Now you must be wondering how ground … Read More →

Cockroach Prevention

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When considering some of the most hated insects I can bet cockroaches come to mind. They are known to infest our homes, reproduce quickly, and be difficult to kill; however, they can be prevented and there are organic extermination treatments that do exist. The first step you will want to take with cockroaches is eliminating their entry into your home. This includes finding any opening into your home, such as … Read More →

Black Widows

black widow

Have you ever walked through a spider web and had chills run up your body? Now what about at black widow spider web? If you ever have you would know how they seem to spread across wide areas with an extremely sticky and dense feel to them. Besides their terrible webs black widow spiders are known to be one of the most dangerous, and feared, of the arachnid class. It … Read More →

Organic Pest Controls

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There are a number of organic techniques I use to reduce the amount of pests in and around my home. Best of all, none of them will harm pets, children or the environment. Surrounding your garden with upright rosemary not only repels insects, but it makes a nice hedge. Rosemary naturally repels insects and smells and looks great, too. If you have ant problems, try sprinkling bay leaves in and … Read More →

Organic Controls

Pesticide sign

There is no reason you should spend a lot of money on fertilizers, weed killers and insect control products at the store. Most of the time they are made with dangerous, synthetic chemicals that we shouldn’t put in the house or ground, anyway. Below are a few recipes for organic controls that use ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards. Solarizing the Soil Supplies: • Shovel • Clear plastic, … Read More →

Fleas, Ticks, and Ants

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You may have heard of the “one spot” treatments for fleas and ticks, such as Frontline Plus, however I truly believe that anything which totes a “one spot” treatment is too toxic for our furry friends. The organic remedies are a great deal safer, and in my eyes beneficial for your home and pets. To treat your furry friends I would look towards bathing them regularly with herbal shampoo’s that … Read More →

Insect-Repelling Herbs

basil

Stop. Don’t reach for those pesticides. Many times, insects end up controlling themselves, but did you know that some plants have insect-repelling qualities? I have picked out a few that will grow here in the Valley and can be planted along with other plants as companion plantings. Thyme works great with cabbage and likes to be grown in an area that receives afternoon shade. It repels cabbage worms and takes … Read More →

Remedies for Ridding Yourself of Pests

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Our gardens attract a lot of critters, mostly good — but a few are bad. I constantly talk about how biodiversity is the key ingredient to our gardens, but sometimes rabbits, birds, dogs and cats want to use our garden as much as, if not more than, we do. It’s a frustrating experience and one not easily rectified, but the Garden Guy is here with some new and not-so-new ideas … Read More →


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