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In mid-summer many plants can be plagued by bugs. Around July, many Hostas and other popular garden-variety plants begin to have yellowish holes. These holes are from bug infestation.

How do I keep bugs off of my Hostas?

First of all, Hostas are those green leafy plants that you see in many yards. The cheapest and easiest way to treat this is with ordinary dishwater. Yes, you read that right. After doing dishes, just take a pan of the water outside and douse your plants that are infested with bugs. Do this about once a week. Every time that you have a sink full of soapy dishwater, you will remember to treat your Hostas to a treat!

How do I keep bugs off of my vegetable plants?

You can use the dishwater for these plants also. Another free and easy treatment that you can do to protect your vegetables (the hardier ones) from tiny invaders is to water them with a mixture of tobacco and water. The tobacco can be any kind. You mix 1 part tobacco to 4 parts water and let the solution set-up for at least a few hours. Then you water the plants with this mixture. Just a small amount on each plant works very well.

How do I keep fleas and ticks out of my yard?

Again, use the tobacco and water mixture, but make it 1 part tobacco to 3 parts water. Since grass is much like a weed, it can handle a much stronger solution.

Do these solutions also work on flowerbeds?

Yes, all of the solutions in this article can also be used for many types of trees and flowers. Always try the weakest solution first, and then introduce higher concentrations later. (1-4)

On which plants shouldn't I use these solutions?

Any plants that REQUIRE certain bugs to bloom like peonies. Peonies need ants to open the buds, and many other plants need bugs as well. It is a good idea to look up the various types of plants in your garden first. You can find this information in any gardening resource. When you mow your grass, be sure NOT to destroy the anthills that are usually near where the peonies grow.

If I have Peonies, how can I keep the ants far from my house?

The best advice is to keep the peonies far away from your doors and windows. These beautiful, although brief budding flowers, can often be your culprit with ant infestation.

What can I do if my house is infested with ants?

To keep the ants outside on your flowers and not inside on your counters, simply sprinkle cayenne pepper around all of the windows and doorways nearest the plants or anywhere else that you find ants entering your house. This is an inexpensive and non-toxic way to keep those little picnickers outdoors. If this is not quite toxic enough, try using some of your pet's flea powder. Yes, this is not a misprint. Flea powder, although mildly toxic, is an incredible deterrent for ant and other bug infestation in the home.

These remedies are much safer, economical, less toxic than the alternatives in your local store.
Now, go get rid of those little pests!