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« Reply #190 on: June 11, 2007 11:05:35 PM »

If its just regular water with not much extra in it I would use it to water your flowers. I use to have a prob with flooding every fall in my old apt when I would turn on the hot water based heater. Mine was a small amount usually 1-2 turns of the carpet shampooer & I would dump it in the toilet, don't know if you can or should with large amounts.

Moth repellant:
2 ounces dried rosemary
2 ounces dried mint
1 ounce dried thyme
1 ounce dried ginseng
8 ounces of whole cloves
mix up & put in little cloth baggies to put in your closet

I found a website that says to put your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 15min or refriderate them for 2 days & it kills them
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« Reply #191 on: June 12, 2007 12:34:44 AM »

I've never tried this method of getting rid of ants as I gave up Aspartame years ago after reading about the dangers of it to your heath, but it's worth a try. There are various articles on the web about Aspartame  Undecided and it's properties as a neurotoxin
http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20060612.htm
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« Reply #192 on: June 12, 2007 01:30:07 AM »

...and to think that up until 2 years ago I was using this in my coffee  Huh Shocked
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« Reply #193 on: June 12, 2007 01:43:37 AM »

I know! It's totally frightening! The thing is, if you read more into it, it's been linked with Lupus, which I have! I used to use alot of low-cal stuff, till I started reading up about Lupus and Aspartame. I gave it up straight away. I try to eat more natural stuff now and I'm an avid label reader!  Undecided 
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« Reply #194 on: June 12, 2007 01:45:04 AM »

...and to think that up until 2 years ago I was using this in my coffee  Huh Shocked
Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #195 on: June 12, 2007 01:46:43 AM »

Aspartame - good for killing ants! Bad for human health!
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« Reply #196 on: June 12, 2007 05:51:54 AM »

Aspartame - good for killing ants! Bad for human health!
Eeek!  I've always avoided that stuff, deciding the 16 calories (I think) in a packet of sugar was not enough to worry about.  Then seeing it linked to ADD/ADHD made me skip it for the kids, just because.  NOW I have a kid who can't have corn in ANY form, so I've let him drink a few diet sodas ... that's stopping now.  Jones Soda is sweetened with cane sugar.  I'll pay the extra $$ for it.  (Besides, it's yummmmy!  Smiley)

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If its just regular water with not much extra in it I would use it to water your flowers.
it's kinda ugly yellowish and sudsy.  What we pulled up with the shop vac and the carpet shampooer was VERY sudsy.  I thought maybe the shop vac had soap residue in it (it's borrowed) until I'd rinsed it and dumped my 3rd batch into the tub and it was STILL sudsy.  What came out of the carpet was also nearly black.  Yucko.  Now, I admit I don't often vacuum the basement, but still: gross!  I usually dump the shampooer water into the toilet also, but with this many gallons, I thought it wouldn't be good to put it in the sanitary sewer.  It's 10 I scooped up off the floor with a cup and buckets, then probably at least 25 gallons in the tub. 
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« Reply #197 on: June 12, 2007 06:45:35 AM »

For ants in general they don't like any strong smelling spice. Mint and spicy smells are supposse to be the best to get deter them. I live in the south and do not treat our yard chemically  so we always have ants in our yard. Last summer I went and got this horrid tasting cheap gel toothpaste which was cinnamon flavored and put a ring around all of our trash cans and some other stuff. The ants left it alone, I had to reapply it every few weeks.

check out this website for some helpful hints http://www.eartheasy.com/live_natpest_control.htm

Also try putting up some toad and bat houses. I love watching the toads eat the bugs on my back stoop Smiley
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« Reply #198 on: June 12, 2007 07:28:10 AM »

Here's another one for the ants:  Mix equal parts Borax and sugar, and put it wherever you see ant trails.  They will take it with them to the nest.

And for the moths or whatever you have in the cupboard, try bay leaves.  Just scatter them around your cupboard, but make sure they are whole leaves.

Good luck,  bugs are not fun.
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« Reply #199 on: June 12, 2007 07:42:45 AM »


For ant trails, I've always been able to remove them with a bleach and water solution.  (I follow it with a vinegar solution to stop the bleach doing damage to the surfaces.)

Where do I find out about Toad Houses?  My BF refuses to let me put up a bat house, despite his mother's support of the idea; she teaches her class about bats each year, but he still can't get past the whole rabies thing....

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