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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

I would suggest baking soda. It is very effective against ants, cheap and available in the supermarket. Just put some on the areas that frequented by the ants and if you can locate the points they ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

I personally use a combination of d-limonene & borax. First, borax is a natural occurring salt from lake beds and d-limonene is basically just orange oil, a solvent. Mix the two together and ...
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How to recognize products with neonicotinoid pesticides in them?

I am a grower of herbs and alpines. I use only bioinsecticide ie critters that control other critters. In the uk as far as I can tell there is only one product still in use as an insecticide from the ...
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More sustainable mosquito repellants

I lived in the tropics for a year. The three repellants that seem to work well are either: 1) Permetherin - a common insecticide and repellant. It's safe enough to use on your clothes and camping ...
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More sustainable mosquito repellants

The two methods I have used recently is: 1. smoke - I have worked with a cigar which helped keep mosquitoes away. I have also had a controlled burning with much smoke which will help very much ...
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How to recognize products with neonicotinoid pesticides in them?

I found what looks to be a fairly comprehensive (and easily printable!) list of products to avoid here: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pollinators/documents/pesticide_list_final.pdf
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How can I tell if the flower bulbs I buy contain neonicotinoids?

It's common practice for professional growers to use pesticides when cultivating flower bulbs. Greenpeace investigated the use of pesticides in commercially sold flowering plants in Europe and found ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

One method that I have found to be particularly good is using a soap with surfactants in a Hand Pump Garden Sprayer which can be found for under $20, for example here is one on Amazon that looks ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

Another way is to use a trap to get rid of them. I hate wasps and these devices work quite good and most importantly passively (i.e. you don't have to spray the wasps). It's also very easy to build ...
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How can I tell if my light is insect friendly?

First, the amount of light you use is (close to) the minimum for the task - you're already doing far better than most. It may still be a concern as you seem to be in an area that's otherwise dark, but ...
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Diatomaceous earth ground injector

DE will kill most soft-bodied insects by causing them to become dehydrated due to miscroscopic cuts incurred from contact with the razor-sharp ancient fossil dust. Wasps definitely will die from DE ...
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More sustainable mosquito repellants

I've found that, if you aren't apposed to something genetically engineered, the Mosquito Shoo Geranium has some use. It doesn't drive away mosquitoes, as advertised, but it does contain citronella, ...
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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

Rubbing alcohol will prevent all insects. Of course, it doesn't last very long. Clove powder will kill ants, even causing burning to them if it is just sprinkled on top of them. But, I do not know ...
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