My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

All Natural Secrets to Pest Control

I have recently noticed from reading some of the blogs I follow that my dear friends are starting to have a problem with pest of various sorts. Now when I moved back to the country, 8 years ago and 9 miles from nowhere, I knew I would have to do something about insects and critters. I found this wonderful book by Dr. Myles H. Bader - 1001 All-Natural Secrets to Pest Control . I would give a web site but I can't find one. Maybe you'll have better luck.

All the farmers were dying laughing at my "home pest control". Do I care, they work. Ants are a problem no matter where you live. The problem is there are so many kinds of ants. I'll give you a couple and move on to another pest. If you have a special problem leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Feed Them Melon
If you have a bad ant problem and can't get rid of them, just leave a slice of watermelon or cantaloupe in your yard far from the house. Maybe your neighbors yard. They would prefer melon to anything you have in the house (most of the time, unless you spilled honey on the flour).

The Ant Trapper
The following ingredients will be needed:
6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
6 tablespoons of active dry yeast
1/2 cup honey or molasses, standard grade
10 small plastic lids or bottle caps

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly until it is smooth. Place a small amount of the mixture into the lids or caps and place them near an ant trail or near there mound. The mixture can also be spread on a piece of cardboard or small stick and placed in their pathway or in a crevice.

Getting Rid of Ant Hills
The following ingredients will be needed:
1/4 cup of liquid hand soap
1 gallon of cool tap water

Place the ingredients into a bucket and mix well, then pour 1-2 cups on the anthill and repeat after 1 hour to be sure that the mixture penetrates deep into the chambers.

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