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Old 05-29-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Natural Bug Deterrents?

I made a big container garden last week, and started to notice that they're all getting attacked by ants especially!! The teeny, tiny little ants.

We definitely won't be doing pesticides or anything...that'd defeat the purpose of our little, organic garden I had a huge garden in the ground last year(in another state) and besides some beetles that left on their own, I never had an issue with bugs! Not sure where to start??

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Re: Natural Bug Deterrents?

recommendations for bodies too would be awesome - we moved recently and I am being attacked by black flies - seriously I have over 20 bites on me right now.
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I'm pretty sure food grade diatomaceous can be used on gardens.

To the pp, we use a natural bug spray with cedar, lemongrass, citronella, and a couple other things in it.
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Re: Natural Bug Deterrents?

i've always used food grade diatomaceous earth as well. it has worked wonders for me and is pesticide free! i even sprinkle it in the yard, around the house from time to time, use it on the dogs as flea killer, and feed it to them once in a while to deworm them. all around great product! even works on scorpions!
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i've always used food grade diatomaceous earth as well. it has worked wonders for me and is pesticide free! i even sprinkle it in the yard, around the house from time to time, use it on the dogs as flea killer, and feed it to them once in a while to deworm them. all around great product! even works on scorpions!
Where do you buy it?
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Re: Natural Bug Deterrents?

I got my DE in bulk at the feed store we buy our chicken feed at. I could get as much as I wanted, so I got 20#. Most feed stores or farm supply stores will have at least little boxes of it.

One REALLY good thing to do...try calling around to garden centers near you to see if you can order lady bugs or praying mantis bunches. When I worked at Earl May we could do that. It would come with a bunch of them in a plastic bag, like when you get a fish at the pet store or buying crickets. They are AWESOME natural pest control!!

Also look into attracting beneficial insects. They will do the job for you.
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i've always used food grade diatomaceous earth as well. it has worked wonders for me and is pesticide free! i even sprinkle it in the yard, around the house from time to time, use it on the dogs as flea killer, and feed it to them once in a while to deworm them. all around great product! even works on scorpions!
I use DE too. I need to reapply after rain.
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For those of you that use DE in the garden, how often do you reapply, if it hasn't rained?

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