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Pest Free Home

Earthsense

Insects in your kitchen can be a real pain, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to march the little suckers right back outside again.  Washing your countertops with a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water will deter ants.  A mixture of one half cup of rubbing alcohol and one quart of liquid soap can make an effective pest control for whiteflies, aphids, mealy bugs, and scale insects.  

Spray this on your plants, let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water.  Keep your pets from endless itching with a little DIY repellent.  Simmer two cups of water, a sliced lemon, and fresh lavender sprigs for 30 minutes.  Strain, let cool, and add two table spoons of alcohol free witch hazel.  Spray or rub it into Fido’s fur before he heads outdoors.  Find these recipes on the Earth Sense podcast page at South Carolina Public Radio dot org.