Dealing With how to get rid of ants in the house Garden Pests – Gingham Gardens

Whether it’s a cute bunny, a hungry deer, ornery squirrels or bad bugs, dealing with pests in the garden is just part of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar gardening. And, often a very frustrating part of gardening! Over my many years of gardening I have dealt with how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar many types of pests and while there are many, many remedies out there in cyberspace, I will share what has worked for me without using how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a bunch of chemicals.

At our last home, we were a few blocks over from a wildlife preserve, and when the deer ran out of things to eat how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar there, or got bored with the menu, they paid a visit to my gardens. All it took was a visit from one deer, and then every night there would be two or more how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar coming to dine. They weren’t really scared of humans either. Even the headlights from our car pulling into the driveway how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar would not deter them. They would look up as if to greet us and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar then continue their feast. We had motion sensor lights in our backyard, but they became accustomed to those. I knew then if I wanted to protect my gardens, I was going to have to learn how to deal how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar with garden pests.

The first thing we did was fence in our raised how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar vegetable beds. We didn’t do anything fancy and it wasn’t at all attractive, but once the vegetables grew and filled in, the fence wasn’t all that noticeable. If you do fencing, be sure the bottom of the fencing is small enough how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar so that baby bunnies can’t sneak through… speaking from experience.

This is very important, deterrents must be used starting very early in the spring how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar just as soon as you see little buds popping out how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of the ground. After a long winter, wildlife are starving and looking for just about anything green. Be especially vigilant with tulips, lilies, liatris, bachelor’s buttons, black-eyed susan and many other delicious perennials.

Here’s the thing with rabbits and deer, they become accustomed to smells and tastes, and their taste buds will adapt to yucky tasting plants. That means you’ve got to change things up, or use multiple deterrents. I had the best luck using milorganite, and alternating liquid fence and deer off.

• milorganite is actually an organic fertilizer made from dried sewage. I know it sounds pretty gross, but it works. If you get it on grass, it will turn it a rich, deep green. It is also the cheapest deterrent out there. I’m sharing my amazon affiliate link, but I think you can probably get this product cheaper how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at your local big box store. It’s usually with the lawn fertilizers. I would simply use a funnel and create a line how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar on top of the mulch around all my flower beds.

• liquid fence is a nasty concoction made with rotten eggs, garlic and other crud that critters don’t care for. I need to warn you that it STINKS, and that is putting it mildly. The smell does dissipate, but the taste does not. It does have a wax product in it that makes how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar it stick to the plant through rain. If you don’t shake the bottle really well, once it has dried on the plant, the wax will leave cloudy white spots on the foliage. Also, the product label states that it’s effective for 3 months, but I don’t find that to be the case and I usually how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar reapply it after a heavy rain. That being said, the white spots on the leaves and the need to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar reapply still make the cost of this product and the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar hassle of using it totally worth it, because it works!

I also used these stake things filled with some sort how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of nastiness in my hosta beds and they seemed to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar work really well for our summer growing season. A few seasons I also shredded bars of irish spring how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar soap and sprinkled it around my hostas. Although I loved the smell, I decided I liked it better on my man. I’m also not sure what effect irish spring soap has how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar on the soil. I’ve also seen gardeners put the soap in mesh bags how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and hang them in the garden.

Add cloches or cylinder-type fences around plants that you know rabbits will eat, like tulips or lilies. I made up a bunch of cylinder fences out of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar this type of fencing and they work really well. This is the one thing that I have found to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar protect plants from baby bunnies. They are so cute, but baby bunnies will eat anything no matter what you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar put on it.

If you’re in an area where you have lots of wildlife how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in your yard, there are many perennials that deer and rabbits don’t particularly care for. I put together a list of 30+ rabbit & deer resistant perennials that is available in the gardening resources how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar library. The list is divided by shade/part shade plants and sun/part sun plants. I would also recommend doing a little research on perennials how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that are deer and rabbit resistant in your gardening zone. By taking just a few minutes, you’ll be able to come up with a good list how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of plants to try.

Squirrels are my garden nemesis now. I don’t mind if they dig in the lawn, but not my gardens or my planters. Squirrels also love to eat some flowers. They’ve eaten my gazanias for the past 3 summers. No matter where I put them, the squirrels will find a way to get to them how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and eat them. I’ve read that the product plantskydd works well to keep how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar squirrels away, as well as other garden critters. I’ve also heard that cinnamon will deter squirrels. I can see sprinkling either one of these in my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar planters, but I can’t visualize sprinkling either one of these around my entire how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar gardens. Have you had success keeping squirrels from digging in your how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar gardens? If so, would you please leave a comment and let us know how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar your secrets. Dealing with garden pests – controlling bad bugs in the garden

I’m not really all that keen on using pesticides, especially on vegetables. I also like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators in my gardens and pesticides are how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar indiscriminate about what bug they are killing. If you feel you must use pesticides, at least try organic first.

Diatomaceous earth is a product that is made from fossilized how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar aquatic organisms and the food grade is supposed to be how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar safe for humans to consume. It has many uses, but we are only interested in what it does to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar bugs. Basically it binds to bugs, dries them out and kills them. Again, as with any pesticide, it will kill all bugs, the good and the bad. I haven’t used diatomaceous earth on flowers or vegetable plants, but I did purchase some to use on japanese beetles how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that eat virginia creeper. Virginia creeper is an invasive plant and deserves to be how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar eaten, but if those japanese beetles are left alone, they will just keep multiplying. I recommend this duster thingy for applying diatomaceous earth otherwise how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar it blows all over and it will kill other insects how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that it comes in contact with.

This year I’m going to try some netting and row covers in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar my vegetable gardens to control cabbage moth and other things how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that chomp on my broccoli and cabbage. I don’t recommend using row covers on plants that need pollination. Flowering vegetables like squash, tomatoes, melons and many others need to be pollinated before they how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar can form the vegetable. The truth about natural pest remedies

Beware of all the so-called organic or natural bug remedies out there. Just because someone calls something organic doesn’t mean it’s organic. Case in point- dawn dish soap recipes to kill bugs and weeds is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar NOT organic or natural. Read the label on a bottle of dawn and you’ll find there’s nothing organic about it. However, if I can kill bugs with dawn soap, I will choose that over chemical sprays that harm good how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar bugs that are in the vicinity of where I’m spraying.

We have a terrible time with box elder bugs and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar dawn soap and water kills them, so that’s what we use. Is it organic, probably not. Also a good point to make when using dawn soap how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and most organic sprays, the liquid must come in contact with the bug, because the sprays have little or no residual effect.

I hate slugs! I can have the prettiest bed of hostas and by how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the end of summer the plants can be riddled with how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar slug damage. I’ve tried beer traps, but apparently the slugs in my garden didn’t like my son-in-law’s cheap beer. I’ve tried crunched up egg shells and the slugs laughed how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at me. The only thing I’ve tried that truly works is a product called sluggo. I sprinkle it around the base of my hosta plants how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the spring when they are first emerging and again how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar around the beginning of july. If I’m diligent and do both treatments, I will see very little slug damage, if any at all, in my hosta beds. If you have problems with slugs, I highly recommend sluggo. Best part sluggo is an organic product. A few more practical tips for being pesticide free in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar your gardens

Be willing to hand pick pests like japanese beetles and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar other beetles. I take a bucket of hot, soapy water and a long handled spoon out to the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar garden and use the spoon to knock the nasty bugs how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar into the bucket of soapy water. Do this in the morning and not in the afternoon. Trust me, you’ll only try it in the afternoon once and after how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you get dive bombed by japanese beetles you’ll remember morning is best. If you don’t have to contend with japanese beetles, just count your blessings.

Be okay with other bugs that have a short life how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar span. For instance, four-lined plant bug is such a nuisance in my gardens how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the spring. They don’t damage flowers, but they suck the sap out of leaves and the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar leaves end up with tiny brown spots covering them. I choose to ignore the little jerks because they don’t really harm the plant. Once they’ve moved on for the season, I just give the plant a little haircut.

After a reader left a comment on one of my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar posts about the importance of bats to control insects, I did a little reading up on them. They aren’t as creepy as I first thought. I’m going to look into it a little more, but I’m seriously considering adding one of these bat houses to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar my back fence.

Thanks for stopping by gingham gardens today! I hope my tips for dealing with garden pests will how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar help you conquer the pests in your gardens. If you have questions, or additional tips, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from other gardeners and I like to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar help when I can. Stop by again soon!

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