How to Keep Insects and Animals Out of Your Garden
To get rid of ants for good, sprinkle cornmeal near ant hills. They’ll eat it, but they can’t digest it, which will cause them to die out. Wait a couple of weeks and your ant problem will improve.
For aphids, chop up an onion, place it in a cup of water, and puree it until it’s liquid. Pour the concoction into a plastic spray bottle and use it to mist the plants aphids are attracted to. For best results, try it at dawn before the sun starts blazing.
Spider Mites can be a nightmare for trees. To get rid of spider mites, take a pound of flour, five gallons of water, and a cup of buttermilk, mix it all together in a large bucket, and put it in a plastic spray bottle. Use it on your trees once a week, and that should keep the mite population under control.
Slugs and Snails
Did you know that snails and slugs like beer almost as much as people do? If you’re tired of these slimy pests invading your garden, leave a flat, shallow container—such as a pie tin—in your garden and fill it with a can of beer. Let it sit there for a couple of days, and you’ll probably find it full of drowned slugs.
Magic Bug Spray
If you have a general insect problem, or aren’t sure which nasty critter is the one destroying your plants, you can infuse your garden with a garlicky odor that will be unpleasant to insects—we call it our “magic bug spray.” Take 1/4 cup garlic and mix it with 2 cups water in a blender, strain it with an old nylon stocking, and scrape the paste into a jar. Add 2 teaspoons mineral oil and several squirts of liquid dish detergent. Carefully replace the lid on the jar and shake well. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle and use it on your garden in the early morning hours to keep insects away. It’s also great for spraying around your deck to keep away flying insects like flies and mosquitoes!