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Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-Free
Yahoo News ^ | 5/29/13 | Jennifer Noonan

Posted on 05/29/2013 10:36:07 AM PDT by Kartographer

Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.

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TOPICS: Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: pest; pestcontrol; pesticide; preparedness; preppers
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I was asked this question by a fellow prepper about a natural mosquitoe repellent, hopfully this answers that question.
1 posted on 05/29/2013 10:36:07 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 05/29/2013 10:37:08 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: DuncanWaring

PING!! The answer to your question.


3 posted on 05/29/2013 10:38:54 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Really need something for raccoons.


4 posted on 05/29/2013 10:40:17 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Kartographer

Diatomaceous earth for the crawlers.


5 posted on 05/29/2013 10:40:55 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: mbarker12474

A 10 gauge is a good raccoon repellent.


6 posted on 05/29/2013 10:41:23 AM PDT by bray (Stop tolerating beheading!)
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To: Kartographer

So the trick is to chase the mosquitos away but make myself irresistable to The Cat?


7 posted on 05/29/2013 10:42:39 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: mbarker12474

Hatsan Model 95 - .22 caliber air rifle.

8 posted on 05/29/2013 10:43:17 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("Oh, man, that's a lot of Indians!" [LTC George A. Custer, 1876, near the Little Bighorn Valley])
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To: Kartographer

“apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.”

Works great! Now how do I get rid of all these feral cats?


9 posted on 05/29/2013 10:43:46 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Kartographer

There’s a natural form of “DEET” in the leaves of beautybush A/K/A buckbrush... a common small shrub that grows in the south and midwest in old fields which has clusters of soft pale pinkish flowers in early summer and clusters of hot pink or very bright BB-sized magenta berries in the fall. The berries are edible but quite bland, though turkeys seem to like them. A handful of crushed leaves rubbed onto the skin deters mosquitos.


10 posted on 05/29/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: mbarker12474

Medium rodent trap baited with peanut butter/sunflower seed mix. You’ll get every 4 legged varmint that can fit in the cage.


11 posted on 05/29/2013 10:44:11 AM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: mbarker12474

For some reason raccoons hate carrots, maybe someday there will be a carrot based habanero spray. Until then only dogs work against raccoons.


12 posted on 05/29/2013 10:45:41 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: DCBryan1
If you've got squirrel probs, Zinc Phosphide is magic....trade name Eraze AG.

I did one spreading of a few ounces in early April, and presto-zappo - haven't seen once since.

13 posted on 05/29/2013 10:47:00 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: TADSLOS
Diatomaceous earth for the crawlers.

What do you do? Just put a 1" layer around the perimeter of the house?

Currently I am spraying x2/yr with a 2 to 1 ratio of Demon WP.

14 posted on 05/29/2013 10:48:34 AM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: bray; mbarker12474

I’ll take things that go BANG! when you pull the trigger, Alex.


15 posted on 05/29/2013 10:53:37 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: DCBryan1

Just sprinkle around the problem areas and near entry ways leading inside. It doesn’t take that much...just enough to grind the legs off the little bastards.


16 posted on 05/29/2013 10:53:55 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Hugin; DuncanWaring

During SHTF Cat is the ‘other white meat’. ;-)

Didn’t you watch ‘The Book of Eli’?


17 posted on 05/29/2013 10:56:11 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

That reminds me, preppers need to keep mosquito netting.

I keep head netting in my car for break downs, or any other situation.


18 posted on 05/29/2013 10:57:43 AM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberalism/libertarianism, empowers, creates and imports, and breeds, economic liberals.)
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To: DuncanWaring

19 posted on 05/29/2013 10:58:37 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: FReepers

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20 posted on 05/29/2013 11:00:29 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Kartographer
Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you've spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.

So they just find a new place to invade? I don't see the benefit of this...
21 posted on 05/29/2013 11:00:46 AM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: Kartographer

We have three indoor cats.

I think spraying ourselves with liquid catnip would be insane good fun.

...for a few minutes, anyway.


22 posted on 05/29/2013 11:02:30 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: yorkiemom

Maybe if you do it enough the new place to invade will be your neighbor’s house!


23 posted on 05/29/2013 11:02:36 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer


24 posted on 05/29/2013 11:02:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Kartographer
Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.

Now this I can use. I'll have to see if capnip will grow at 7200' in the Sierras, and if so plant it all around my meadow.
25 posted on 05/29/2013 11:07:11 AM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: DuncanWaring

I am already irresistible to my cat.


26 posted on 05/29/2013 11:09:07 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Kartographer

I spilled some dried basil on the counter recently, so I threw it in the fruit bowl instead of back into the container or throwing it away. It does seem to work really well, and the fruit doesn’t pick up the smell or taste.


27 posted on 05/29/2013 11:12:21 AM PDT by married21
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To: Hugin
Now how do I get rid of all these feral cats?

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Live Trap


28 posted on 05/29/2013 11:16:28 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: Kartographer

Pretty good ideas....

Here’s another. If you get fleas in your house, put water and some dish detergent in a large cookie sheet in the room where the fleas are located. Hang a clamp on utility light about 16 inches over the cookie sheet.

The fleas will jump toward the heat of the light and end up in the soapy water. I did this in a side room where the pets had fleas and overnight it looked as though someone emptied a pepper shaker on the soapy water. It works far better than sprays.


29 posted on 05/29/2013 11:20:45 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Kartographer

Raw, unsweetened lemon juice either rubbed or sprayed around doorjams and windows stops ants in their tracks. I have never had ants ever.


30 posted on 05/29/2013 11:23:09 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: mbarker12474

Armadillos are overrunning Missouri...


31 posted on 05/29/2013 11:23:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: piasa
dogs work against raccoons

Our little dog has cleared them out around here.

32 posted on 05/29/2013 11:23:20 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Kartographer

“apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin “

Someone will do this in the woods and get eaten by a mountain lion.

I guarantee it.


33 posted on 05/29/2013 11:25:01 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: DuncanWaring

That’s a good thing. Lol


34 posted on 05/29/2013 11:27:27 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: JoeProBono

Adorable. Nothing prettier than a yellow tabby.


35 posted on 05/29/2013 11:32:08 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: DuncanWaring

I hate cats worse than mosquito’s


36 posted on 05/29/2013 11:34:08 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: sauropod

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37 posted on 05/29/2013 11:34:16 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: DCBryan1

DE is also supposed to be good to kill ticks. My wife spreads it around the back yard dog area.


38 posted on 05/29/2013 11:35:06 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: tired&retired
How To Clean Your Toilet - The Fun Way 1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl. 2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom. 3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid. 4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this. 5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse". 6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door. 7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids. 8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off. 9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean. Sincerely, The Dog
39 posted on 05/29/2013 11:35:13 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Sorry for formatting problems!!


40 posted on 05/29/2013 11:36:30 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Kartographer

bttt


41 posted on 05/29/2013 11:36:43 AM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Kartographer

In a pinch, wild onion, like grows in your lawn, can be cruched between your hands and rubbed on the skin. I’ve done this and it works but you will smell up the place.... good post Kart....


42 posted on 05/29/2013 11:37:17 AM PDT by virgil283 ( ... "I never said most of the things I said."...)
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To: TADSLOS

What kind of pests?


43 posted on 05/29/2013 11:38:37 AM PDT by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Kartographer

I like Sevin, then Dursban, Chlordane and DDT when I can find it.


44 posted on 05/29/2013 11:51:58 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: tired&retired

Thanks, bookmark


45 posted on 05/29/2013 11:57:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Kartographer

Interesting. Thanks.


46 posted on 05/29/2013 11:57:49 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: DCBryan1

We bought a snake repellent and it has something like diatomaceous earth and clove and cinnaman oils and it really works well. We did the perimeters of my MIL’s yard and she had no snakes in her yard all last summer. We killed about 6 rattlers just outside but they never crossed the line.


47 posted on 05/29/2013 11:58:34 AM PDT by tiki
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To: TADSLOS

Just be sure that the diatomaceous earth you use is food grade - not the kind that goes in swimming pool filters. The pool type has been chemically altered and may contain carcinogins and is therefore not safe around pets.


48 posted on 05/29/2013 11:59:19 AM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: tired&retired

Too funny =^..^=


49 posted on 05/29/2013 12:07:04 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Kartographer
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'During SHTF Cat is the ‘other white meat’. ;-) Didn’t you watch ‘The Book of Eli’?'

Kartographer, shame on you!

50 posted on 05/29/2013 12:14:44 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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