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ANTS


Pros and cons. Gardeners usually consider ants to be pests. Ants can loosen soil around young plants, causing them to die. Some species shelter and protect aphids, whose honeydew they feed on. on the positive side, ants can improve air circulation in heavy soils, and there burrows improve water drainage.


To get rid of a coloney, cover the ant hill with a large flower pot whose drainage holes have ben plugged with a cork or tightley wadded plastic wrap. Heat a bucket of water to boiling and flood the surrounding soil, reserve a few galons of the water. Wait a minute or two for most of the ants to find shelter in the pot, then turn it upright and pour in the remaning water.


A mash of hot chilies and water will keep ants away. Another mix of homade repelent is a mix of orange peels and water pure'ed in your blender and poured directley into an anthill earley in the morning.


Instant grits work too. Grits expand in ants' bodies and finish them off. Leave the grits in piles near the insects pathways.


Inside the house, safely repel ants by sprinkeling pennyroyal, camphor, clove oil, tansy, spearment, or broken eggshels on a dish in closets and on shelvs.


Boric acid mixed with sugar is an effective ant poisn~but onley in gardens with no children and pets. Spred it on a piece of wood or stone near the nest, then cover for protection from rain. The foragaging ants will love it


Wrap bands of paper coated with nondrying glue around the base of fruit trees to prevent ants from reaching the fruit. The easy way is to simpley fold in half a sheet of adhesive paper~the kind used on shelving~ with the sticky side out.


Ants hate aromatic plants like ment, lavender, chives, and garlic. Install these along borders or spot them randomely in clumps and pots around the garden.


Creat an ant barrior around plants, on front steps, and between garden rows with sprinkeling of agricultural lime, bone meal, or powerded charcoal.


Fire ants, better known in the south as red ants, are tenacious little creatures with a vicious sting. They are especally partial to sun and sandy soil. If your yard is prone to infestation, provide shade with vine-coverd trellises in a part of the garden where sun loving plants wont be affected. And if you keep compost, store it in closed bins so that fire ants cant build there hills.




APHIDS


Dont waste time. get rid of aphids the first time you see them; these pests reproduce raidley. They not onley suk the nuterents from a plant but can also spread any number of dedly viruses, including bean mosaic and cuckumber mosaic virus.


A simple and effective spray for aphids is 4ounces of dishwashing liquid in 1 galon ow water. For another good spray, mix 1 tabelspoon liquid soap and 1 cup vegetable oil, then add 2 teaspoons of the blend to a galon of water~ but dont use it on squash, califlower, or cabbage, which can suffar leaf burn. When using either recipie, spray the plants with the mixture and follow with a spray of water. Wait about 15min. and repeat.


Blender sprays. Use your blender to make organic aphid killers. Pure'e three or four jalapeno peppers, three cloves of garlic, and 1 quart of water; strain and use as a spray. A mixture of mineral oil and garlic also works. Better still blend 1/2 cup of aphid bodies with 2 cups of water; strain and spray on plants. To avoid gathering aphids by hand, simpley blend a geneorus bunch of infested leaves with the water.


Concerning chemicles. Rotenone- and pyrethrum-based sprays are effective against aphids and harmless to humans. But using them is something of a trade-off, since both kill earthworms and benefical insects. Follow directions on the container. Spray in the evening and be careful not to contaminate the adjacent soil.


Sprinkel wood ashes over bushes and low-lying plants; they are caustic and will dehydrate and suffocate aphids. Use a large-hole shaker-the kind for grated chese works well-or sprinkel them by hand. After a day, wash away the ashes with a hose.


Aphid fighters Praying mantises, ladybugs, and aphid lions (the larvae of green lacewings) are natural foes of the aphid. Obtain them from garden supply stores and catalogs. Release ladybugs at night so that they wont fly away. Hover flies and wasps kill aphids by injecting eggs into them. Plant Queen Anne,s lace to attract wasps and marigold to attract hover flies. Lambs quarters, a common weed, is an effective toxin. Birds, especally chickadees and house wrens, consume aphids by the thousand!


A rhubarb insecidside. Soak 3 pounds of rhubrab leaves in 4 quarts of water for 24 hours. Bring water to a boil and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Add 1 ounce of laundry soap flakes and allow to cool.




Bees


The great pollinator. Bees are essential assets in any garden. In their secarch for nector and pollen, they carry pollen from flower to flower, facilitating fertilization in many edible and oramental plants. Attract bees to your garden by planting colorful, fragrant, nectar-rich plants; they're drawn in particular to concrasting colores, yellows, and anything on the viloet end of the spectrum. But avoid planting tublar or trunpet shaped flowers; bees dont like them because its hard to reach inside.


Pesticide rules. When you treat plants for insect pests, protect bees in one of two ways. First, never use an insectide on plants wile they are in bloom-weather fruit trees, flowering shurbs, or vegetables; wait until the petals have fallen. Alternatively, controle insect pests with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or with insecticidal soap, both of which are harmless to bees.


On melons and cucumbers, blossoms are open for only one day. Apply an insectide in late afternoon or earley evening, when the bees have returned to their hive.


Which bees to attract? Bumblebees are more effective pollinators than honeybees, but by far the most efficient is the shy, unobtrusive horn-faced bee-actually a fly. Attract it with blocks of wood bored with 1-inch holes that simulate a woospecker's. Or order bees from an orchad supply or garden center.


Soothe the pain of a bee sting by applying a paste of baking soda mixed with water or rubbing alcohol to the affected area. A folk remedy that may offer some relief is to gently rub the sting with a freshly sliced white onion or potato.


Avoid wearing perfume or cologne with a floral sent when your outside working in the yard or garden. Wile it may attract bees, it also attracts wasps-especally the ubiquitous and annoying yellow jacket.




Biological Controls


What are they? Biological controls are any biological derived agents that help controle garden pests. For example, some insects, called beneficals, feed on destructive bugs: ladybugs eat aphids, green lacewing prey on a wide range of undesirable insects, and praying mantises will eat just about anything they can catch. Critters from bats to toads are also exemplary bug-zappers.


Ladybugs and other beneificals are drawn to nectar sourses like queen anne's lace, lamb's quarters and goldenrod. Other "attactive" flowers and herbs include members of the daisy family (such as yarrow), members of the carrot family (dill, parsley, and fennel), and members of the mint family.


Supplement existing populations of beneficals with commercially avaible ones. You can mail-order ladybugs, lacewing eggs, and worms from supplyers around the country. Even nematodes are avaible; in many cases they can actually be helpful. For reliable supplyers, check out your local garden center or Cooperative Extension Servise.


Put out a water dish. Be sure beneficals visiting your garden have enough water to get them through a dry spell. Put out containers of water with rocks or stiks to act as perches. Change the water to keep mosquitoes from using it as a hatchery.

A natural insecide derived from a common plant grown in India, Azadirachta indica arrests the development of various insect pests. It is sold under various names, including Neemix and BioNeem.


Good bacteria. A bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (sold as Bt, Dipel, Thuricide or Bio Worm spray), controles cabbage worms and loopers, hornworms, and other damaging caterpillers. One of the most widely used and safest insecicides, it is available at most garden centers.


About toads. Toads are among the most efficient insect eaters, but be aware that they may consume as many beneificals as pests. Once you attract them to your garden, they'll need water and shelter. Sink pans filled with rocks and water into the soil. For shelter, simpley place a broken flower pot upside down in a shady spot (picture below for an example)

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I've been using a product called dried molasses in my compost. It's suppose to help get rid of ants. Hard shelled insects supposedly do not like molasses. So far, it looks like the ants that I had in the compost moved out.
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hints and tips comming from the book 1001 Hints & Tips For Your Garden







Bees



The great pollinator. Bees are essential assets in any garden. In their secarch for nector and pollen, they carry pollen from flower to flower, facilitating fertilization in many edible and oramental plants. Attract bees to your garden by planting colorful, fragrant, nectar-rich plants; they're drawn in particular to concrasting colores, yellows, and anything on the viloet end of the spectrum. But avoid planting tublar or trunpet shaped flowers; bees dont like them because its hard to reach inside.


Pesticide rules. When you treat plants for insect pests, protect bees in one of two ways. First, never use an insectide on plants wile they are in bloom-weather fruit trees, flowering shurbs, or vegetables; wait until the petals have fallen. Alternatively, controle insect pests with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or with insecticidal soap, both of which are harmless to bees.


On melons and cucumbers, blossoms are open for only one day. Apply an insectide in late afternoon or earley evening, when the bees have returned to their hive.

Which bees to attract? Bumblebees are more effective pollinators than honeybees, but by far the most efficient is the shy, unobtrusive horn-faced bee-actually a fly. Attract it with blocks of wood bored with 1-inch holes that simulate a woospecker's. Or order bees from an orchad supply or garden center.

Soothe the pain of a bee sting by applying a paste of baking soda mixed with water or rubbing alcohol to the affected area. A folk remedy that may offer some relief is to gently rub the sting with a freshly sliced white onion or potato.

Avoid wearing perfume or cologne with a floral sent when your outside working in the yard or garden. Wile it may attract bees, it also attracts wasps-especally the ubiquitous and annoying yellow jacket.
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hints and tips comming from the book 1001 Hints & Tips For Your Garden






Biological Controls


What are they? Biological controls are any biological derived agents that help controle garden pests. For example, some insects, called beneficals, feed on destructive bugs: ladybugs eat aphids, green lacewing prey on a wide range of undesirable insects, and praying mantises will eat just about anything they can catch. Critters from bats to toads are also exemplary bug-zappers.

Ladybugs and other beneificals are drawn to nectar sourses like queen anne's lace, lamb's quarters and goldenrod. Other "attactive" flowers and herbs include members of the daisy family (such as yarrow), members of the carrot family (dill, parsley, and fennel), and members of the mint family.

Supplement existing populations of beneficals with commercially avaible ones. You can mail-order ladybugs, lacewing eggs, and worms from supplyers around the country. Even nematodes are avaible; in many cases they can actually be helpful. For reliable supplyers, check out your local garden center or Cooperative Extension Servise.

Put out a water dish. Be sure beneficals visiting your garden have enough water to get them through a dry spell. Put out containers of water with rocks or stiks to act as perches. Change the water to keep mosquitoes from using it as a hatchery.

A natural insecide derived from a common plant grown in India, Azadirachta indica arrests the development of various insect pests. It is sold under various names, including Neemix and BioNeem.

Good bacteria. A bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (sold as Bt, Dipel, Thuricide or Bio Worm spray), controles cabbage worms and loopers, hornworms, and other damaging caterpillers. One of the most widely used and safest insecicides, it is available at most garden centers.

About toads. Toads are among the most efficient insect eaters, but be aware that they may consume as many beneificals as pests. Once you attract them to your garden, they'll need water and shelter. Sink pans filled with rocks and water into the soil. For shelter, simpley place a broken flower pot upside down in a shady spot (picture below for an example)

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This is a good site with alot of tips...

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Here's another excellent resource:

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