The Q&A Archives: Garden Bugs

Question: Do you all have any suggestions to take care of ants, crawling insects & gophers or moles that would be green...all the products on the market have chemicals to kill them, was trying cinnamin, peppermint tea, and such, can't tell if they are working since I still see ants hills in the yard. Help, please...

Answer: There are lots of eco-friendly products on the market now and they are all plant based. Vinegar, neem oil, horticultural oil and even boiling water can work if they are carefully applied. Colorado State University has a publication addressing these issues. You can download a copy and give their controls a try in your own garden. Here's the web address:

Best wishes with your garden!

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