Several natural essential oils, such as from mint, wintergreen and marjoram have been found to repel wasps. Other natural pest control products can trap or kill a wasp population to protect property and people.
Research conducted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Oystershell Laboratories concluded that some herbal essential oils were among the most effective for repelling vespid (social) wasps.
Another way to control wasps is to avoid certain things that attract their attention. PETA recommends avoiding wearing yellow or white clothing while gardening as wasps are attracted to these colors. Wearing red is a better option, as wasps cannot see this color. PETA also warns that stepping on a wasp results in the release of a chemical that tells wasps in a nearby nest to attack.Learn More
Ways to get rid of caterpillars include picking them up and disposing of them, cutting off damaged parts of plants in the garden, planting flowers that attract parasitic wasps and spraying bacillus thuringiensis on plants. Caterpillars that eat plants containing alkaloids may be resistant against parasitic wasps and other parasites.Full Answer >
Although there are numerous ways to get rid of squash bugs, the easiest way is to set a trap crop that tricks the bugs into revealing their presence. Squash seeds and wood or cardboard are required to set the trap. The trap requires under 30 minutes of planting time and 3 to 4 weeks for squash growth and bug removal.Full Answer >
The best medicine for removing head lice is a medicated lice treatment, such as a shampoo, lotion or cream rinse, that kills the lice and their eggs, according to KidsHealth. These types of treatments can typically be purchased at grocery stores and pharmacies.Full Answer >
Snails can significantly damage plants, but you can combine natural and commercial deterrents to keep the small predators out of the garden. Your options include copper foil or screening, a drip-irrigation system and a variety of fragrant herbs, along with a regular cleaning of the garden. The time involved in keeping snails away ranges from a few minutes to a couple of hours, depending on which products you choose.Full Answer >