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Four Hacks to Gain The Upper Hand Over Garden Pests

Four Hacks to Gain The Upper Hand Over Garden Pests

There is absolutely no reason why anyone should spend over ten bucks getting rid of seasonal garden pests.  Big business makes big dollars off of our collective ignorance, but nevermore!  With the procurement of a few simple ingredients, environmentally sound pest control is achieved.  Take a look at these ten handy hacks to gain and maintain the upper hand in the war against garden pests.

1. Mosquito Repellant

First off, protect yourself from pests.  Mosquitoes are known for carrying a wide array of nasty illnesses, and those mass produced sprays do not smell or feel the best on the skin.  For a homemade mosquito repellent, gather together a few essentials.

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    1. 4oz spray bottle
    2. 2oz of distilled water
    3. 1oz of witch hazel
    4. 50 to 75 drops of essential oils

    There are several different essential oils to choose from when deciding which oils to use.  As one may expect, different oils have different effects and fight against certain pests.  To relieve the skin of unwanted mosquito bites, utilize a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender.

    2. Aphid Repellant

    The second pest control remedy will relieve beautiful roses of their aphid nemeses.  Aphids can quickly rob rose bushes of their rich color and regal aesthetic.  To allay the invasion, use these household ingredients.

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      1. 1qt spray bottle
      2. 1 tbsp. of canola oil
      3. 5 drops of Ivory soap
      4. Water

      Fill the spray bottle with water.  Add the canola oil and soap.  Then shake the mixture vigorously.  Spray the affected plants from the top and the bottom to assure full coverage.  The oil and soap in the mixture will snuff out the aphids and do no harm to the surrounding environment. This will assure the roses (or other flowers) have plenty of pest-free room to bloom.

      3. Nematode Repellant

      Third, there is a simple solution to naturally negate those pesky nematodes.  Nematodes live in the soil below the garden and feed on the roots of other plants.  They are small, worm-like creatures, and they are not a friendly species to house.

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        The best way to repel these troublemakers naturally is by planting a thick section of marigolds in the affected area of the garden.  The marigolds will snuff out the nematodes.  Turn them under the soil and the next year it will be safe to plant whatever looks best in that area of land.  The nematodes will be gone.

        4. Ant Repellant

        Finally, ants are one of the worst pests to battle throughout the year.  Ants not only cause problems in the garden, but they invade our homes as well.  This is simply unacceptable.

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          To fight off an array of insects such as ants, termites, and roaches, purchase a small container of boric acid powder.  This ingredient will kill insects.  It is absolutely harmless to humans and pets (unless you have an ant farm, of course).  Here is a list of the components needed to complete this simple formula.

          1. 12oz container
          2. 2 tbsp. of boric acid
          3. 8oz of mint jelly
          4. Small cardboard squares

          Mix these ingredients together in the chosen container.  Place the mixture on top of the cardboard squares, and place them in the common path of the insects.  When the ants walk through the mixture, the boric acid will stick to their legs.  The affected ants will bring the powder back to the colony.  Through grooming, the powder will spread, and the ants will die upon ingestion.

          Household pets like cats and dogs should be fine around the remedy.  Just make sure they do not intentionally ingest the substance.  It will not kill the pets, but it will make them very uncomfortable for a few days depending on how much boric acid they ingest.

          Featured photo credit: Mick Talbot via flickr.com

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          10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

          10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

          Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

          In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

          These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

          1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

          Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

          But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

          Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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          2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

          You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

          The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

          3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

          If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

          Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

          If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

          4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

          Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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          To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

          In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

          5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

          We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

          If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

          Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

          “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

          6. Give for the Joy of Giving

          When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

          One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

          So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

          7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

          Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

          Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

          8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

          When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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          So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

          9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

          Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

          It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

          It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

          10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

          There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

          But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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          Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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