31 surprising uses for borax

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i have used borax when making my homemade laundry detergent, for getting rid of ants… i mix borax with some tang.  that way i can see how much i’m spreading… the ants like the tang because of all the sugar and carry it back to the nest. the other ants eat it and voila, no more ants.   check out this link for many other uses for borax.

31 uses for borax

DIY Fly Strips + More Ways to Control Flies in your Coop and Run NATURALLY

 

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Chicken poop attracts flies, chicken feed attracts flies, standing water attracts flies, meat scraps and cut up fruits and veggies (i.e. chicken treats) attract flies. In short, if you have chickens, you’ll have flies. Spraying pesticide near your coop and run area isn’t an option obviously, so I would like to offer some natural ways to control your fly population.
 


I’ve tried many different commercial products as well as homemade recipes, and I prefer the homemade versions. Not only are they inexpensive and easy, I know exactly what is in them. I would like to share what works best for me.

 
I have learned that ‘layers’ of fly control offer the best protection against flies.  Obviously not leaving any puddles or standing water is important, as is removing uneaten feed, especially feed that has gotten wet, and sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) around the feeders and coop area.  Removing soiled litter from the coop regularly will also reduce your fly population.  Adding garlic powder and probiotic powder to your chickens’ feed can also make their excrement less attractive to flies.
 
In addition to taking the above basic steps against flies, there are two types of fly control products – those that repel flies and those that attract and trap flies.  Let’s start with the repellents.

 for the rest of the article, please click the link:

http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/05/diy-fly-strips-more-ways-to-control.html

 

5 HERBS THAT REPEL FLIES

 

 

 

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With warm weather in the air, we are all looking forward to grilling out, swimming pools, sun bathing, and just generally spending time outdoors. We’ve waited all winter for spring to get here. But those first few really warm days always greet us with an unpleasant, little problem.

Bugs! The warm weather brings out the bathing suits and suntan lotion, but it also brings out the pests! Mosquitos, ants, yellow jackets, and the grossest of all: flies! Flies are everywhere in the summer. Nothing ruins a good picnic quicker than flies covering the hotdogs! Most people will turn to harsh, chemical solutions this summer to try and solve this most annoying problem.

FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE, CLICK THE LINK

http://naturehacks.com/herbs/5-herbs-that-repel-flies/