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Natural Fly Repellant - whole cloves stuck into a cut lime

Natural Fly RepellantHere is a way to keep pesky flies and mosquitos away using citrus and cloves. Simply cut the citrus in half and insert the cloves into the lime. The scent keeps them away and it is a natural solution.


DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - deterrents in a fruit tree

DIY Foil Garden Pest DeterrentsFor several years, most of our big fruit trees were being attacked by squirrels, birds, rodents, raccoons, and insects. Deterrent sprays did not work. Hanging shiny CDs barely helped at all. Finally, we tried this foil method and we have all of our fruit intact and growing at extremely rapid rates. Anyone need nectarines? We can't keep up! :)


Plastic Bottle Fruit Fly Trap - finished trap with a floating fly

Plastic Bottle Fruit Fly TrapWe have tried many things to get rid of fruit flies in our home, and this is hands down the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way. One of the most important things in order to catch them is the bait you put out. Fruit flies can be more attracted to some things more than others.


Tiny Ants

Getting Rid of Tiny AntsBoth borax powder and diatomaceous earth can be effective in deterring ants. This is a page about getting rid of tiny ants.


Flea on White

Use Ammonia to Kill FleasAmmonia applied to carpets where your dogs and cats sleep can be effective in killing fleas. Be sure to let animals out while you do this. This is a page about using ammonia to kill fleas.


A bowl of cornstarch.

Using Cornstarch to Kill Roaches?Cornstarch, by itself, cannot kill cockroaches but when mixed with plaster of paris, it is effective. Using cornstarch to kill roaches alone is not effective.


A lizard on a porch.

Keeping Lizards Off Your Porch?Lizards love to sun themselves during the day. Your porch may very well be a nearly ideal place for them to catch some sun and warm up. If you live in an area with many lizards, keeping lizards off your porch might be an issue you have to deal with.


A dead cockroach with a cat in the background.

Getting Rid of Roaches Without Harming PetsPesticides that kill cockroaches can be harmful to pets as well. Here are some ideas about getting rid of roaches without harming pets.


CDs Hanging on Clothesline to Keep Birds Out of Garden

Using CDs to Keep Birds Out of Your GardenIf you don't want birds in your garden, especially if you have fruit trees, CDs can provide a bright flash that many birds avoid. Using CDs to keep birds out of your garden is a common and effective practice.


Cockroach on a Toothbrush

Roaches In a Very Clean Home?If your home is very clean and you still have cockroaches around, they many have been there before you moved in or are coming from something in the surrounding environment. This page is about how to get rid of roaches in a very clean home.


A cat laying on orange carpet.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in CarpetIf your house has gotten fleas in the carpet, it can be a lot of work to remove all the fleas and their eggs. Here are some great ideas on how to get rid of fleas in carpet.


Keeping Ants out of Hummingbird Feeder - Wrapping tape around a hummingbird feeder.

Packing Tape to Keep Ants Out of a Hummingbird FeederUse packing tape to prevent ants from getting into your hummingbird feeder. This is a page about packing tape to keep ants out of a hummingbird feeder.


A squirrel eating from suet feeder.

How to Stop Squirrels From Eating Suet Feeders?Squirrels love to get into bird feeders, especially suet ones. This is a page about how to stop squirrels from eating suet feeders.


trap next to bananas

Vinegar and Dish Soap Fruit Fly TrapThis is a page about vinegar and dish soap fruit fly trap. A simple effective fruit fly trap can be made with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.


A fruit fly close up.

Ridding Your Kitchen of Fruit FliesSwarms of fruit flies plaguing you in your kitchen are extremely annoying. There are ways to get rid of these tiny pests. This is a page about ridding your kitchen of fruit flies.



Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.


Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy -
 looking up at decoy nest

How to Make a Duct Tape Wasp Nest DecoyWasps are known to be territorial and will stay away from your dwelling, if they think there is already a nest nearby. This is a page about how to make a duct tape wasp nest decoy.


Carpenter Bee Trap

How to Make a Carpenter Bee TrapCarpenter bees can destroy the wood in your home. Use this simple trick to capture carpenter bees. This is a page about making a carpenter bee trap.


A close up of a silverfish on a black background.

Natural Remedies for SilverfishSilverfish can become an infestation very quickly if they are not dealt with as soon as they are found in your home. This is a page about natural remedies for silverfish.


Squirrel in Tree

Eco-Friendly Critter ControlOur gardens are attractive not only to us, but typically to a variety of wildlife as well. To encourage your guests to not make a smorgasbord of your flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables try some of the eco-friendly suggestions on this page. This is a page about eco-friendly critter control.


Bull Dog Puppy in a flower bed.

Keeping Dogs from Peeing in Flower Beds?If your dog is peeing in your flower bed, it may be detrimental to the flowers in your garden. This is a page about keeping dogs from peeing in flower beds.


Clear glass jars inside of a pantry.

Keep Pests Out of Your PantryPantry pests can ruin your food stores very quickly. Keeping your pantry space and storage containers clean and dry is the best way to prevent pests from infesting. This is a page about keeping pests out of the pantry.


copper tape on container gardens

Using Copper for Slug and Snail ControlSlugs do not like to crawl across copper so it can be a very effective deterrent in your garden. This is a page about using copper for slug and snail control.


Horses with fly nets to keep the horse flies off their heads.

Getting Rid of Horse FliesHorse flies can be a menace to have around. This is a page about getting rid of horse flies.


A hand holding a cockroach.

Identifying and Eliminating Pantry PestsPantry pests can be a disgusting problem in your home. This article looks at some of the most common pantry pests and how to eliminate them.


large slug

Use Coffee Grounds to Deter SlugsIn the continuing battle between gardeners and slugs, some people have tried coffee grounds to ward these voracious eaters away from their tender plants. This is a page about use coffee grounds to deter slugs.


Ants feeding on a solution of boric acid.

Using Boric Acid for Controlling AntsBoric acid is a common ingredient in homemade recipes for killing ants. This page is about using boric acid for controlling ants in garden and kitchen.


Diatomaceous Earth

Using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for AntsDiatomaceous earth is very effective at killing ants. When ants' exoskeletons come into contact with it, they die. It also is relatively safe for humans and pets, making it an ideal solution for eliminating ants. This page is about using food grade diatomaceous earth for getting rid of ants.


A rabbit near some tulips outside.

Keeping Rabbits Out of Tulips?Bunnies are extremely cute, except for when they are enjoying the flowers and plants in your garden for lunch. This is a page about keeping rabbits out of tulips.


Ants feeding from an ant trap/bait.

Making a Borax and Honey Ant TrapSugar ants find their way to where sweet stuff can be found. A homemade trap can be an effective way to get rid of them. This is a page about making a borax and honey ant trap.



Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.


Loco peppers on a plate

Peppers as Squirrel DeterrentMy successful loco pepper experiment, began with a blender jar half filled with loco peppers topped off with water, and well blended = pepper slurry.


Cockroach on a wooden surface

Getting Rid of Cockroaches in an...Getting rid of roaches in an apartment can be difficult. There are many options from natural products to commercial pesticides. This is a page about getting rid of cockroaches in an apartment.


Whole and sliced Hedge Apples (Maclura pomifera) also known as Osage Oranges against a white background

Using Hedge Apples to Repel SpidersThis is a page about using hedge apples to repel spiders. Hedge apples have a long standing reputation as a spider repellent.


Several small ants inside a sugar bowl

Getting Rid of Small Black AntsAnts taking over your house is exceedingly frustrating. This is a page about getting rid of small black ants.


Drown Ants Nesting In Potted Plants

Drown Ants Nesting In Potted PlantsThis is a picture of my sickly Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen). She stays inside with me. She hasn't been doing well, lately. Maybe it's the company she keeps. Somehow, I sorta doubt that.


Natural Cat Litter to Get Rid of Moles and Voles

Natural Cat Litter to Get Rid of Moles and VolesSeveral years ago I had a mole/vole problem in my decorative plant garden and lawn. I use a pine, walnut shell, or other natural cat litter for my cats. These products often have instructions right on the bag to use them once used on inedible plant beds as mulch.


March of the Sugar Ants

March of the Sugar AntsWe have been battling sugar ants all month long. We started noticing them coming into the house late in February, when the spring rains started. As this is a yearly ritual, I put ant bait in the usual places; on my kitchen windowsill, near the dog's food, under the fridge.


squeeze bottle of DE

Squeeze Bottle for D.E. ApplicationI found a cheap and easy way for spreading food grade diatomaceous earth. A squeeze bottle makes it easy to dust under leaves and hard to reach places to kill bugs.


skunk leaving trap

Removing a Skunk from a Live TrapI got up early yesterday morning, looked out the window and could see something in the trap I had set for pecan stealing squirrels. It was larger than a squirrel, had a long bushy tail and digging like crazy trying to get out of the cage. I had caught a skunk.


Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy - nest under the eaves

Duct Tape Wasp Nest DecoyThis spring I was no sooner enjoying the latest crop of large bamboo stalks than I noticed a menacing wasp nest under construction under my eaves nearby. Putting 2 and 2 together and doing a little research online I came to realize that I was not the only one who was enjoying the bamboo abundance!


Protecting Tomatoes

Protecting Tomatoes from BirdsThis is a page about protecting tomatoes from birds. Eventually most gardeners become tired of sharing their tomatoes with the local bird population.


Ants in my garage

Getting Rid of Ants Without PoisonI have had great success this year with using cinnamon on my kitchen counter and windowsill to keep the sugar ants at bay. So when I found ants congregating near my garage wall, I knew just what to do.


diatomacious earth in a bag

Uses for Food Grade Diatomacious EarthDiatomacious Earth (D.E.) is fossilized hard shelled algae. It has many uses, it is non toxic, and amazing! It's used in many things and may already be in your home in your toothpaste as a mild abrasive agent.


Drain Fly

Identifying Flying Insects In Your HomeFirst, let me say, 'I am not an entomologist'. I have read many well intended articles here on how rid one's home of drain flies, fungus gnats and fruit flies. Quite often, the tips don't work. I think I know why. Misidentification.



Ants feeding on a solution of boric acid.

Boric Acid For Controlling Ants In Garden And KitchenI have a fairly large piece of property. It is mostly sandy loam. Ants seem to prefer this type of soil. At any given time, there may be several thousand ant hills on my land.


fruit flies in trap

Fruit Fly TrapI absolutely hate fruit flies! This trap is very easy to make and works really well. I always have this trap set up on the counter, so an infestation never has a chance to take hold. :)


Neighborhood Cat On Porch

Keeping Neighborhood Cats Off PorchThis is a page about keeping neighborhood cats off porch. Even cat lovers are not necessarily pleased when the neighborhood cats take up residence on their porch.


Rodent nest in a car's engine compartment.

Keeping Mice Out of VehiclesThis page is about mice nesting in a car. A warm engine compartment can be enticing to rodents looking for shelter.


Carpenter bee drilling into wood.

Getting Rid of Carpenter BeesCarpenter bees will attack the wood trim and porches around your home making holes and tunnels for nesting. This is a page about getting rid of carpenter bees.


Protecting Fruit Trees From Birds

Protecting Fruit Trees From BirdsThis is a page about protecting fruit trees from birds. While you may enjoy having birds visit your garden, perhaps you draw the line when they feast on your fruit trees.


Preventing Pantry Pests

Preventing Pantry PestsThis is a page about preventing pantry pests. Opening your pantry to find bugs is frustrating.


Dryer sheets stuffed in opening around plumbing.

Keep Rodents Out During WinterIf you have had problems with rodents invading your house in the winter, try this helpful tip. Place Bounce Softener dryer sheets into the little crevices and cracks where they are coming in.


Getting Rid of Lady Bugs

Getting Rid of Lady BugsThis page is about getting rid of lady bugs. These insects can be a nuisance in some parts of the country.


feeder trap 2

Trapping Pests Near Your Hummingbird FeederIf the bees are chasing your hummingbirds from the feeders, and ants are draining them, as they are mine, you can solve the problem for the most part by making a quick and cheap trap.


Cat laying on the hood of a car.

Homemade Cat RepellentsThere are many areas of the home and garden that you may want to keep cats out of. This page features homemade cat repellents and strategies for keeping cats out of your yard.


Mosquito held between two fingers.

Making a Mosquito TrapTo keep mosquitoes from ruining a picnic or camping trip, it is nice to have an enticing trap to lure them away from you. This page is about making a mosquito trap.


Mosquito on someone's hand.

Mosquito Repellent RecipesMosquitoes are a problem in many regions. This page contains mosquito repellent recipes.


Fruit fly trap

Getting Rid of Fruit FliesYou just bought some bananas or other fresh fruit at the market recently. Now you are seeing tiny spots before your eyes. Your kitchen is enveloped in a haze of tiny flying bugs. You probably have fruit flies. This is a page about getting rid of fruit flies.


Wasp sitting on a glas

Homemade Wasp RepellentKeeping wasps away from your outdoor activities can be a challenge. For those who are allergic to their sting, they can be life threatening. This is a page about Homemade Wasp Repellent.


Close up of housefly on white background

Homemade Fly TrapsThis is a page about homemade fly traps. Houseflies can be extremely annoying and hard to get rid of. They can also carry many diseases. Once they get in your house they're nearly impossible to get rid of. Stop these pets and save money by making your own fly traps.


Getting Rid of Fleas in Bedding. Upclose photo of a flea.

Getting Rid of FleasFleas reproduce very quickly so it is best to get rid of them as soon as you become aware of them. Not only do you need to get them off your pets, you need to get rid of them in your home too. This is a page about getting rid of fleas.


Ants on a carpet

Homemade Ant Killer RecipesStore bought ant killers and pest control services can be expensive and toxic. Save money by making your own. This page has lots of green ideas for killing ants at home.


Aphids on a plant.

Homemade Aphid Spray RecipesAphids thrive in temperate regions and feast on plants. They are one of the most pesky and destructive pests that gardeners have to deal with. This page contains homemade aphid spray recipes.


Japanese beetle eating a leaf.

Getting Rid of Japanese BeetlesThis is a page about getting rid of Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles can wreak havoc in your yard by devouring flowers and stripping the leaves off of plants. The grubs will also destroy grass by eating the roots.


March of the Sugar Ants

Getting Rid of Sugar AntsThis is a page about getting rid of sugar ants. Sugar ants can take over an area in a very short amount of time. They are an annoyance to have in the house.


Getting Rid of Ants

Getting Rid of AntsWhether you are trying to deter little sugar ants in your kitchen, wood eating carpenter ants or biting fire ants in your backyard, there are a variety of different pest control methods. This is a page about getting rid of ants.


Silverfish on White Background

Getting Rid of SilverfishThis is a page about getting rid of silverfish. Silverfish are a perennial problem in some regions. Once they get a foothold it can be very difficult to eliminate the infestation.


photo of ants eating a scrap of onion

Getting Rid of Ants in the KitchenHave ants taken up residence in your home? The kitchen can be a challenging place to get rid of ants since there are so many sources of food. This is a page about getting rid of ants in your kitchen.


Getting Rid of Cockroaches, Woman about to hit a cockroach with a frying pan.

Getting Rid of CockroachesCockroaches are disgusting pests and can be very tough to get rid of. There are many ways to tackle this pest. This is a page about getting rid of cockroaches.


Photo of a fruit fly.

Ridding Your Kitchen of Fruit FliesFew things are more irritating than swarms of fruit flies hovering over the produce in your kitchen or pantry. Here are some quick, easy, and environmentally friendly tips for ridding your pantry and your produce of these unwelcome little pests.


Photo of an earwig.

Controlling Earwigs OrganicallyAlthough usually considered a beneficial insect in the garden, large populations of earwigs can result in significant damage to garden plants. Their presence in large numbers can also be a bit unsettling. Here are some ways to keep their population in check.


Controlling Rabbits In The GardenThey are cute and fuzzy, and only too eager to share the fruits of your gardening labor. Nothing is more frustrating than watching your hard work literally get nipped off at the bud. Here are some tips for helping you win the war against rabbits.


Keeping Birds from Nesting in a BBQ Grill

Keeping Birds from Nesting in a BBQ GrillIn a frantic spring of trying to garden, paint my porch and deck and dodging raindrops, I neglected to check my gas grill! I had put duct tape over the holes on the sides of the cover, knowing I could get visitors.


Master the Mouse

Master the MouseWhen the seasons change certain unwelcome guests move into the home. They're little, they're furry, and they're cute when they're running on a wheel. They're not cute when they're running across your kitchen.



Cleaning Regime For Pest ControlControlling pests in the home can be easy. It should also be done in the most natural way possible and this means going back to good old fashioned housekeeping. Never wait until pests are such a problem you need to spray chemicals or call a professional.


Making a Mosquito Trap

Making a Mosquito TrapBecause mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 we breathe out, I started looking for ideas that used CO2 as the bait for the mosquito trap. I did think of dry ice but it does dissipate fairly quickly.


Deer Deterrents?How do I keep deer from eating my tulips once they have bloomed?


Tent CaterpillarsMy crab apple tree has caterpillars in silk bags in the crotches of limbs. How do I rid the tree of these and prevent further issues?



Preventing Deer From Eating Roses?Tips from the ThriftyFun community for preventing deer from eating your roses. To keep deer from eating plants: a friend goes to beauty shops and gets the hair that has been cut and takes it home and hangs it on fences around the plants.



Keeping Deer Out of a Container GardenTips for keeping deer out of gardens without fences. Post your own ideas here.


A rabbit sitting in grass.

Protecting Plants From RabbitsTips for keeping bunnies out of gardens from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own advice here.


Homemade Wasp TrapsI thought someone might want this tip since it's getting that time of year again. Wasps can be a pain, literally, to have around! It's not difficult to create a trap to help control them, however.


jars with dried foods

Keeping Pests Out Of The PantryHave you ever discovered tiny bugs creating a tunnel town in your flour or baking mix? Ever spotted bugs in a box of cereal, found dried up beetle bodies on top of the china hutch or watched a grain weevil pour out of a box of macaroni?


Net Frame Around a Tree

Fruit Tree Bird Net FrameHubby and I made this frame out of 2 inch plastic irrigation piping attached to metal 'star' pickets. This size pipe fits snuggly on to the ends of the pickets, sliding easily over.


A bar of Irish Spring soap to deter pests.

Eco-Friendly Critter ControlYou may have noticed things getting a bit more crowded in your garden. Animal and human interactions are becoming more commonplace as our habitats increasingly overlap.


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