Natural Pets Controls (Safe For Poochy & Pussycat)
- ANTS: Catnip, lemon juice and rind, tobacco tea spray, natural ant traps [keep up from chewers]
- APHIDS & WHITEFLY: Spray with hose, tobacco tea, ivory liquid solution. For roses plant Society Garlic among bushes.
- CUTWORMS: Can and paper collars.
- FLEAS/TICKS: Oil of Orange, Yeast and Garlic in pet food, Eucalyptus and Pennyroyal herb teas rinse.
- NEMATODES: French Marigolds planted among the vegetables.
- SNAILS: Broken egg shells, beer in shallow pans, citrus peels [this may also keep cats out of your garden as they don’t like the smell of citrus]
**Few bugs can tolerate a hot pepper spray solution. This may also deter “a pruning pet” [see below].Many of the strong smelling herbs such as mint, rosemary, opal basil, tansy and coriander planted throughout the garden will repel insects. Choose your herb carefully making sure to leave plenty of room for the “spreaders” like mint.
- Flowers That Add Color And Also Repel Insects:
- Marigolds repel aphids.
- Nasturtiums draw aphids away and repel whitefly & squash bugs.
- Geraniums keep beetles from roses.
- Petunias repel ants & black aphids.
- The Pyretheium flower which resembles a daisy is one of the most potent bug and insect repellents and can be ordered from most seed catalogs.
DOGGY DIETARY DETERRENTS... OR BAD TASTING POTIONS YOUR POOCH [OR PUSSYCAT / OTHER PET] WON’T LIKE
ALOE AGGRAVATION: use commercial aloe jell or partially peeled leaves [put in juicer or blender] from your plant and mix approximately 1/2 lb. to 2 gallons of water . Sprinkle on leaves or use medium size brush to paint on plant. This gives a bitter taste and also repels rabbits.
PEPPER POOCH AND PUSSYCAT PROHIBITOR: There are pepper sprays on the market made up of cayenne peppers and a water solution. Some contain wax to aid in the solution adherence. You can also make your own potion by placing 2 Tbs of cayenne pepper and 6 drops of dishwashing soap in one gallon of water. Place solution in a spray bottle and apply to plants make sure to avoid spraying when your pet is around so as not to get near eyes or fur.
KITTY CITRUS CONTEMPT NO.5 and No. 6: Cats don’t care for citrus! Spray a citrus scented oil such as oil of citronella lightly on the soil near your plants. Scatter pieces of orange and lemon peel over the ground around your plants. If left on all night, these peelings will also so attract snails in the garden that they will be found clinging to the pieces and can be readily picked off in the morning.
For more information, call:  631-7886 and find out how you can get a copy of the upcoming “PLANTING WITH YOUR POOCH” garden book.