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PestControlRx.com Tip 27/08: Vinegar Stops Ants

Vinegar. A secret pest agent used by generations of farmers for so many things. But we are talking about ants this week and what vinegar can do to get rid of ants.

Spray vinegar around all home entries...doors, windows, under cabinets, under your washer and drier and other gadgets you have sitting on the floor. If you see aline of ants marching to their food and water, spray vinegar and you will disrupt their formation quickly and the others will march in a different direction quickly avoiding the area you sprayed. To learn why you have ants, how to kill ants, how to stop ants, and how to get rid of ants, please read our page about ants.

For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.

Snails:9 best ways to get rid of snails in your garden

Snail_eating_garden_leaf Snails.
You find them in your vegetable garden or yard hiding under a board, or rock, or pile of leaves, or under dense low ground cover.
You know you have them when you see their telltale sign, a long silvery mucous trail shining clearly in the morning.

Similar to slugs ( snails without shells), they are incredibly hungry eaters of your vegetable garden plants, young leaves and new bark, and flowers, and fruit plant shoots and leaves chewing irregular holes in them. And for those of you with ornamental gardens, they will eat a lot of your young plantings. They are active at night, foggy and on cloudy days and right after rain.
So how do you get rid of snails and slugs?

PREVENTION: How to get rid of snails is slow but not hard process.

1. Remove their hiding places. The best key is to remove the places where they hide from the sun. Logs, boards, rocks, and low ground cover. You can remove many of these places but probably not all of them. But this is needed if you want to get rid of snails and slugs.
2. Watering: Another important organic pest control deterrent is to switch from sprinkler type watering to drip watering which removes collected water and moisture pockets they like so much.
3. Get chickens or other foul. They will remove them all snails and slugs naturally very quickly.
4. You can plant flowers that act as a natural pest control garden defense. Flowers such as begonias, poppies, fuchsias, impatiens, rosemary, wormwood, and other scented plants are not favorites of snails and slugs and that will tend to get the snails to move elsewhere.
5. Set up a barrier. A thin line of dry organic DE (diatomacious earth), eggshells, or copper tape products that they have to cross are trick. Also iron phosphate in a line kills snails and slugs when they eat it.

WHEN YOU HAVE THEM: How to kill snail and slugs.

6. Hand pick the snails and slugs daily. After picking them, this is how you kill snails and slugs. Crush them under you foot. Or put them in a can of soapy water.
7. How to trap snails and slugs.

  • Commercial Traps: They are available locally or on the internet.
  • DIY- (NO COST TIP) Make your own trap: Wet an area in the evening, place a board about an inch off the ground (on stones) and in the morning or even during the day, turn over the board and clean the board of the snails and slugs that are clinging to it. Or just wet an area in the late afternoon, and come out after dark with a flashlight and pick and kill what you see. And beer, yes, set up a bar for them to visit. Pour beer in shallow dishes, set them out in the garden buried to the rim for easy access and the snails and slugs will crawl in and drown.

8. Bait the snails and slugs:

  • Baits designed for slugs and snails can be purchased locally or on the internet.

9. Spray the snails and slugs: to keep them out of the garden. Use a 10% amonia mixture to kill snails and slugs.

For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.

Slugs: 9 Ways to kill slugs in your garden


A vegetable garden pest that can eat all your new plants almost as fast as you can plant them or they can grow.

Slugs and snails like the dark. And those cloudy days, or right after it rains...are the times when slugs and snails... eat, eat, eat.
Slugs cut irregular holes in leaves like snails, leave a long silvery trail throughout the yard and garden.

There is no difference between slugs and snails except slugs don't carry their house with them as they eat up your vegetable or ornamental garden or strawberry and other fruit plants.

The questions you have are:

  • How do you get rid of slugs?
  • How do you kill slugs?
  • How do you stop slugs?
  • DIY...Can you make your own trap?
  • Is there an organic pest control to use for slugs?

We have the 9 answers...please click to visit our snail page for those answers. Thank you.

For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.

Flies: Top 13 ways to get rid of your flies

Fly_on_finger_1 Suddenly a house flies lands on you. A genuine natural pest at that moment. 

Another house fly buzzes by and lands on the kitchen counter.

And later a fly is in your car and you can't get rid of that irritating insect pest without having an accident.

Filth flies are everywhere and there are over 76,000 different kinds of flies.

You need pest control for sure.

13 Ways to get rid of a fly or flies:

1. Fly swatter: DIY that is...Do it yourself. A book, rolled newspaper, a store bought screen on a stick. They are all effective and are typical of the major weapons used to get rid of a fly.

2. Fly tape: The tape is sold in rolls. Little narrow ones for your home  and big fat wide ones for the barn. The tape has a sticky substance on it and the fly lands and can't take off again and dies on the spot. Found in many stores everywhere and on the internet.

3. Sticky boards: The fly lands and he is stuck. You put the flies and trap in a plastic bag and toss it in the garbage. Sold locally and on the internet.

4. Catch a fly in your hand: ORGANIC PEST CONTROL plus a (NO COST TIP). Some of us are fast enough to catch and kill a fly with a swipe or a slam, but to most of us, this technique is just plain impossible to do.

This is a natural organic way to get rid of a fly as a house pest or barn pest. If you keep trying, you will get better at it.

5. Electric/ultraviolet or lighted fly zapper: Electronic pest repellent in the form of a electric trap that ZAPS and kills insects are commonly heard when you are at a picnic or in your yard and the neighbor has one on his porch. Zap. Zap Zap. A automatic bug killer that never stops. It gets rid of any bug that flies into it...mosquitoes, moths, and others. These traps use either a electric grid (the Zap sound) or a sticky pad to hold the flies until they die. These used in restaurants out of sight of the customers in the non-food areas.

6. Sex smell traps: Pheromones (the sexual scent of a mate) is integrated onto a glue board or sticky trap where flies lands to have fun and are quickly stuck down and die.

7. Dust the area: This is a farm solution primarily...with the toxic dusts available from equine supply vendors locally or on the internet.

8. Mist the area: Another barn solution for animals in enclosed areas. Periodically a fine mist is sprayed automatically to remove pests in the barn. Farm suppliers is where you will find these pest control devices designed to stop and kill flies.

9. Contact sprays: There are many products available for you to choose from. Both organic and chemical, these sprays kill the flies either quickly or over time after they are sprayed. Available locally or on the internet. Read and follow the directions on the label to assure your safe use of these strong products.

10. Bomb the area: Chemical fumigation bombs can be purchased to kill all bugs including flies and other pests in a specific area. Available locally and on the internet with instructions on the proper use and a list of the insects that will be eliminated.

11. Get a predator: Mites, beetles, parasitic wasps are some of the biological pest control agents you can use. Parasitic wasps are available on the internet quite easily. They feed on the fly eggs and fly maggots and reduce the numbers of flies that can drive you crazy.


12. Remove breeding sites: You have seen them...maggots...crawling, squirming, ugh. And how do you get rid of maggots? To learn click here.

Remove the wet areas that these filth flies do their thing in and which quickly becomes a mass of maggots. Damp moist areas around sump pumps, wet ground, rotting foods, compost piles, garbage areas, pet droppings...just about any damp area will do the trick for a fly looking to raise a family. Regular grounds maintenance of trimming grasses and removing clippings next to buildings and barns is important as well.

13. Keep them out: Screens in good repair on doors and windows, higher air pressure inside than outside, air movement from fans pushing outside...all of these help...but there no one answer for flies...you must wage a war constantly to keep them under control.

For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.

Dandelions: 12 things you must do to get rid of dandelions


Dandelions (a.k.a. puffballs, blow balls, lion's tooth, monks head or buttercups) are a lawn and garden pest that hit the top of the pest list.

Dandelions are also known as the Yellow Plague...because lawns up and down the street shine yellow all at the same time.

Millions of dollars are spent nation wide as homeowners learn how to get rid of dandelions and spread weed and feed fertilizers on their lawns.

At the same time, millions of kids are having a blast blowing the hair like seeds of the dandelions into the air so they can land and grow again (in your lawn and on your neighbors lawn).

There are 12 things you must do to stop dandelions in your garden and on your lawn. Better said as...how to kill dandelions with 12 different methods.

They are:

1. Kill the seeds in September: Reduce the number of dandelions that can grow in your lawn the next spring by killing the seeds. There are a number of pre emergent pesticides available to the homeowner for purchase and several additional additional that are only available to licensed applicators. So calling in a professional to get the dandelions out of your lawn must be considered if you really have to rid your lawn of every dandelion as far as you can see.

2. (NO COST TIP) Dig them out: A natural and organic pest control technique that works well on a lawn, sidewalk, or garden. Dig them when the ground under the lawn is soft after a rainstorm. You can buy a dandelion knife for that purpose and there are other specialized tools sold for the home owner to attack the pest this way. DIY. If you pick the head and leaves repeatedly as they regrow, eventually the tap root will die as it will not be able to sustain itself.

3. Spray the lawn in the spring: Use a broad leaf weed killer on a calm day with no rain forecast for at least 24 hours afterward.

4. Use a landscape fabric: Fabric mulching around the lawn and garden edges is effective if covered with ornamental mulch such as wood chips to a depth of 3 inches.

5. Keep a healthy lawn: A really thick healthy lawn resists new dandelions. A weak shallow lawn will sponsor a greater number of new dandelion plants.

6. Spread corn gluten meal on the lawn: Spread each year, the meal will kill the dandelion seeds eventually and you will accomplish your pest control in a natural organic way.

Other techniques include:

  • 7. torches to burn the dandelions out,
  • 8. unique pullers, designed for homeowner use
  • 9. digging your heel and twisting into the plant to expose it to fungi and microbial agents,
  • 10. placing plastic on top of weeds and soil to let the sun superheat the area and burn them up,
  • 11. spraying dandelions with vinegar and soaps with fatty acid components.
  • 12. there is one last alternative, cement your yard or cover it with rocks and paint it green.
For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.