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Natural Insect and Disease Control: Catnip

cat-catnipCatnip naturally contains an oil that is an insect repellent called nepetalactone. Fresh catnip when steeped in water and sprayed on plants will send flea beetles scurrying. Freshly picked catnip placed on shelves will repel black ants.

Catnip has a chemical compound similar to certain predatory insects such as the walkingstick – which ejects a spray similar to this compound to deter it’s enemies. However, be careful where you plant catnip as cats really do love it and will rub themselves on it sometimes crushing the plant and others around it.

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Natural Insect and Disease Control: Kitchen Cures.

Salt sprinkled on slugs will reduce them to a glob of slime. Don’t use more than a couple shakes as salt in garden soil will kill many plants.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100Coffee: A cup of strong coffee spray on plants can prevent the red spider mite. Coffee ground are high in nitrogen and will also benefit most soils greatly.

Horseradish mixed in water and used as a spray will repel potato bugs.

Cedar chips or sawdust: A tea made by soaking the chips or sawdust in hot water will keep away Mexican bean beetles, potato beetles, spider mites, mealybugs, cucumber and squash beetles. You can also just work the cedar into the dirt around plants for the same effect. Sprinkled on lawns the sawdust works well against chiggers.

Wood Ashes: Sprinkled around the base of plants will stop beetles, mites and aphids. Some people in certain areas claim wood ashes also work to repel deer, mice, cutworms, slugs and rabbits, being almost 80% effective.

Flour: dusted on cabbage plants after a rain or watering will cause worms to get all gummed up in the paste and dry out in the sun.

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