In order to protect your lawn and garden from pests, try some of these household remedies to deal with your yard infestation.

Massachusetts is home to numerous species of pests that can be detrimental to the health of your lawn and garden. Natural and organic solutions are the safest way to get rid of pests in your yard. You want to be sure that the solution you select is nontoxic and will cause little damage to plant life when comparing it to industrial chemical options.

Below are some of the solutions that we recommend:

  1. Soap and Canola Oil: the combination of soap and canola oil can be made by combining 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap, 1.5 tablespoons canola oil and 1 quart water. Spray areas with high concentrations of pests and pour the solution into their nests. The solution will enter the exoskeleton of the pests and suffocate them.
  2. Vinegar: the acid in the vinegar will kill the pests on contact since their bodies cannot handle the acidity. Spray a solution of 1 quart of white distilled vinegar with a 5 percent concentration in the pests’ nests.
  3. Crushed Seashells: a substance such as crushed seashells, which are comparable to diatomaceous earth, can kill pests by suffocating them and drying up their body’s moisture. Place this mix throughout your yard, and pour it in the ants’ nests. You will also want to wear a dust mask during application.
  4. Soap and Cayenne Pepper: this solution can be made by mixing together 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap and 1 quart of water. After spraying into a nest, the soap and capsicum in the cayenne pepper sauce will kill the pests by smothering and burning them.

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