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From: Bryanna (
Subject:         Re: Bugs
Date: May 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm PST

In Reply to: Bugs posted by Miguel on May 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm:

The best thing is to have screened windows and
Here are some ideas about fruit flies:

Here are two humane ways to get rid of fruit flies:
(1) Burn incense. I used sandelwood and cedarwood
and poof they were gone. (2) Use a cup and put a
slice of cut fruit (I used peaches). Then put syran
wrap tighly over the top with an elastic. Then put
four or so small holes in the top. Every few hours
take the cup outside and release the flies. Then put
the syran wrap back on and repeat. This works very
well for me. We don't need to kill flies to get rid
of them.

I found this online:
"About a week ago, ants discovered my cat food
bowls. For several days in a row, Iíd wake up in the
morning to find ants swarming the uneaten food
leftover from the catsí dinner the previous evening.
Maybe itís the summer heat, but the cats have taken
to slowly eating their food in a few phases, rather
than wolfing it all down at once, thereby preventing
me from cleaning their bowls thoroughly before I go
to bed.

But no matter, I discovered a solution. The cat food
moat! Simply find a tupperwear bowl or other shallow
container that is slightly bigger than the food
bowl, fill it with an inch or less of water, and
center the food bowl in the middle. Make sure the
food bowl is at least a half-inch away from all
sides of the tupperware or the ants may still be
able to make their way across without going near the

My kitchen is now completely ant-free! No harm came
to any ants and I didnít need to poison my home with

More ideas online:
"I have had the same problem and here are two more
1. Chili powder spread across their entryway into
your home. Find their point of entry and just
sprinkle chili powder there, for some reason ants
will not cross it.
2. This is weird, but it works. Find the point of
entry and wipe some of your saliva around it, they
donít cross itÖbut you do have to repeat it
regularly until they give up."

Here are some essays from Jo Stepaniak:

Getting rid of roaches:

Discouraging ants:

Getting bees to leave:

and, just in case, discouraging mice!

Good luck!

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