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I have to get rid of some pests in my home

mommysunshine

New member
Joined
Oct 23, 2010
Location
Sunny, tropical, CA.
When it rains it pours. I have two pest problems and I'm trying to go about it the most economical and environmentally friendly way.

My first issue is for a bee hive that has been on our property for nearly two years. The bees made their home in my favorite fountain. We turned off the water flow in the fountain several years ago. There is a local company that will take the whole fountain with the bees and transport them to an area where the bees won't be harmed. It'll cost $75.00 for removal and I'll also lose my $250.00 fountain. :-( But the bees will be ok. I don't feel right just killing them especially b/c bees are in decline. Is there another option that I'm not thinking of? I don't want to kill the bees.

The other issue is a bit more difficult. Termites. I noticed little termite poo poo droppings on the floor near our french doors in the kitchen. The last thing I want is these little critters making a meal out of our house but I'm certainly not wanting toxins to be soaked into the wood either.

Anyone have success with borax or other methods of exterminating termites themselves? I'm sick to my stomach thinking of the cost for using a termite exterminator.
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
I don't have termites where I live, but here's a tip that was online...

3.Termite Repellents

1.Aloe Vera: A solution of aloe and water repels termites, when sprayed in their
area of activity.

2.Castor Oil: Mix castor oil seeds, leaves and roots with water and soak it for
24 hours. Then strain the solution and spray on the affected area to repel the
termites.

3.Mexican Poppy: Spraying a mixture of Mexican poppy oil and water around the
infested area keeps away termites.
 

mommysunshine

New member
Joined
Oct 23, 2010
Location
Sunny, tropical, CA.
Original Poster
Ooooh, I didn't see those ideas online. Certainly nothing toxic about those methods. Thanks K2C!

We made a spray with peppermint oil and borax. The area was saturated and there has been non signs of manifestation. We're going to spray the attic and the perimeter of the home tomorrow. The peppermint smells soooooo good. :)

Regarding the bees, I'm going to let the bee lady take my fountain. It's the easiest way to relocate the bees and my neighbor will be happy.
 

Solstice Goat

Frater Aegagrus
Joined
Aug 7, 2012
Location
Seattle, WA
I was under the impression that local beekeepers would remove the bees for free and not steal your fountain, but I've never looked into it.

Boric acid is supposed to be good at pest control without being toxic to pets or humans. My granny once mentioned it for cockroach control.
 


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