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Name: Christina Suriano
New York (Zone 6b)
2beutfl
Oct 13, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Hi Smiling I live in a basement apartment and it's a magnet for bugs. Spiders, ticks, fleas, centipedes, beetles, gnats, flies, crickets, roaches, worms, moths, earwigs, mice, and rats. It's a daily chore to keep them away. There's a small foot long plot of dirt outside my door that attracts bugs. There is a pipe sticking out of the middle of the plot so I can't completely fill it with cement. I tried cedar chips which attracted more earwigs. I planted rosemary and basil and the spiders had a field day. Is there anything else to keep the bugs out of this area? (The dirt goes down very far)



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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Oct 13, 2016 2:00 PM CST
Welcome! to NGA!
Do you like garlic? Maybe marigolds?

You're location in the world/country, and maybe a zone could help greatly when it comes to making suggestions. You can list some info(without getting to specific) in your profile, and that would help a lot.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Oct 13, 2016 4:35 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, 2beutfl!

I'm not sure how to chase lots of them away, but this sounded like a good start:

>> I planted rosemary and basil and the spiders had a field day.

Don't most kinds of spiders eat many kinds of bugs? But I understand if you don't like spiders either:

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Name: Christina Suriano
New York (Zone 6b)
2beutfl
Oct 13, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Thank you terrafirma, i love garlic and marigolds are beautiful I will look into planting them both. I'm located in New York (A very woodsy area)

RickCorey - Thank you for the reply Smiling I do not like spiders either lol... Wow, those are the biggest webs I've ever seen!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Oct 17, 2016 5:30 PM CST
They just appeared one day, sparkled with dewdrops.

I never saw webs like that before, or since. If I had walked into one by mistake, I would have been sure I was an extra in Lord of the Rings, walking into Shelob's lair.

Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 17, 2016 5:45 PM CST
Outside - Diatomaceous Earth will help but it will need to be re-applied from time to time.
Also outside...Okay, you don't care for spiders, no problem. How to you feel about toads? If you can keep toads in that area they should eliminate quite a few of the insects. They may hibernate during the coldest months but will become active again when the weather warms.

Inside the apartment you could let a couple of Mediterranean House Geckos loose - they work for free and have been used in New York apartments for decades. All they require is a shallow dish of water and they will quiet eat insects most of the night - you won't see them much during the day. These little lizards are about the size of your pinky finger, they are all females and do not require a 'husband' to have baby lizards. Here is one we found in the classroom at school.
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There are other types of Geckos such as the Tokay Gecko but they are larger.

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