Say Goodbye To Ants, Pests, And Wasps In The Garden Using A Paper Bag & Hot Sauce
Marilyn Caylor 8/8/2017
If you spend a lot of time in your backyard garden, then you're probably already familiar with some of the more popular ways to keep pests at bay.
However, there are some unconventional pest-fighters out there that might make you think twice about which one you should grab from the shed. Keep reading to find out how toads, bugs, and old music CD's are actually a gardener's best friend!
Cayenne Pepper Trick
Ants are very destructive pests, but they have an Achilles heel - they absolutely hate cayenne pepper! If you sprinkle the spicy stuff on the dirt around your plants, they'll take the hint and leave your garden alone. Some gardeners even swear by Frank's Red Hot sauce to get the job done.
Ground black pepper will also work, so feel free to suffocate them in a pile of inexpensive dollar store black pepper!
Keep aphids from munching on your precious plants by motivating them to snack elsewhere. In an empty spray bottle, mix together 1 part liquid dish soap to 10 parts water. Their first taste of this bitter-tasting DIY spray will be the last taste they'll ever take from your plants. Double the pest control by combining the dish soap and the hot sauce in a spray bottle.
Don't throw those eggshells into the trash! Scatter them around your garden instead. You don't even have to crush them first if you don't want to! Deer and elk love to feed on foliage, but they hate the smell of eggs, which makes eggshells a perfect deterrent for your garden.
However, rodents love eggs, so don't use this trick on plants that are in close proximity to your house. Otherwise, you'll have a whole new pest problem knocking on your front door.
Popping open a cold can of beer on a hot summer day is the perfect way to spend your afternoon... trapping slugs, of course! Sure, you could drink it, but it's much more fun to watch the slugs have a go at it.
Slugs love the taste of beer, and you can use this vice against them by making a super cool slug trap! Fill an empty tuna can with beer, and then bury it in the ground next to your vulnerable seedlings. Make sure the top of the can is sticking up an inch above the soil, so that beneficial beetles don't accidentally fall in and meet their doom.
When the slugs find out that you're handing out free beer, they'll make a beeline straight towards it. Sadly, their joy will be short-lived after they dive into the mini pool of beer, and drown. At least the poor things will die happy!
Hang A CD
Birds love to eat worms and seeds, but if a ripe tomato comes onto their radar, they'll drop whatever is in their mouth and pounce on that juicy sweet orb! Thankfully, you can make a low-cost DIY scarecrow by hanging old CD's around your garden.
The prisms of light reflecting off the shiny side of the CD gives birds the heebie-jeebies. That means your prized tomatoes will no longer make up the bulk of their lunch menu!
Make your garden a fun place for toads and frogs to hang out. They'll return the favor by making a quick meal out of plant-eating insects. A small bowl of water is a good way to roll out the welcome wagon for the friendly amphibians, but a small pond would be even better!
You usually won't know there are cutworms in your garden until they've covertly decapitated a few of your plants. These ominous-sounding ninjas will continue to guillotine your plants in secret until you put a stop to their evil shenanigans!
That's where cornmeal comes into the picture - cutworms love to eat it, but they can't actually digest it. Sadly, some of them will die after indulging in this tricky treat.
A pair of pantyhose is probably the most versatile tool you'll ever come across when it comes to protecting your edible garden! You can stretch a pair of hose over baby tomato plants to keep squirrels, birds, and bugs at bay.
They can also help prevent ground rot in melons. Just slide the newly formed baby melon into the pantyhose, and then tie it to a stake so that the melon is hovering a few inches above the ground.
There are good bugs that leave your garden alone, and then there are the bad ones that chow down without asking permission. The good bugs are sort of like patrolling security guards. Once they spot an uninvited intruder, they'll give chase - and then eat what they catch! That's because some bugs are carnivorous. Those are the ones you want to court!
To attract beneficial bugs to your garden, you need to make sure to cultivate their favorite plants. Even good bugs need a place to hang out. A comprehensive list of good bugs and their preferred plants can be found here.
Irish Spring Soap
Fluffy little bunny rabbits are super adorable... when they're at the pet store. Unfortunately, wild rabbits are the ultimate pest - they'll treat your vegetable garden as if it were their own personal all-you-can-eat buffet!
Rabbits are always twitching their noses, which means they are great sniffers. Thankfully, there's one scent they hate with a passion - Irish Spring bar soap!
Just place shavings of Irish Spring soap in drawstring bags, and strategically place them around your garden. Peter Cottontail will quickly hightail it out of there and find another picnic spot.