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Top 10 Ways to Outwit Wildlife and Battle Bugs Without Using Chemicals
With summer in full swing, warm temperatures sometimes bring close
encounters with our animal neighbors. Homeowners in the U.S. spend
nearly $5 billion a year on pesticides in a vain attempt to create
homes that are free of "pests." Not only are these substances toxic to
children and companion animals, they also only provide a short-term
solution. PETA offers the following tips for peacefully coexisting with
� Keep trash cans securely covered and in the garage until trash
day, or pour ammonia or pepper in them to discourage foraging.
� To keep ants out, wash kitchen surfaces with equal parts vinegar
and water and pour a line of cream of tartar, red chili powder,
paprika, or dried peppermint where ants enter the house.
� Keep raccoons and other animals out of attics by trimming tree
limbs and plants away from roofs and foundation walls.
� To avoid contact with wasps, never work in the yard or garden
wearing yellow or white, since these colors attract insects. Many
insects cannot see red, making it a good color to wear when working in
� Persuade any raccoons who take up residence in your attic to pack
up and move to quieter surroundings by turning on a light and playing a
portable radio for a day or two.
� Save frogs and other animals from drowning in swimming pools with
a Frog Saver Lily Pad (available at PETAMall.com) or by dangling a
knotted rope over the pool�s edge.
� Cockroaches are incredible survivors�and they�re very
opportunistic. Seal food in airtight containers and take away hiding
places for roaches, then place bay leaves, cucumbers, garlic, or catnip
around your home to repel them.
� Stay mosquito-bite-free by eating brewer�s yeast daily, and make
an effective skin repellent by diluting oil of citronella or oil of
pennyroyal mint with vodka or vegetable oil.
� Deter rodents from places that can�t be mouse- or rat-proofed
(such as vehicle engines) with a mixture of salad oil, garlic,
horseradish, and cayenne pepper. Let this sit for four days, then
strain it into a spray bottle and spray it on the desired area. Moth
balls and peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls also work well.
� Observe wildlife from a safe, quiet distance�never touch, get
close to, feed, or pick up wild animals.