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On the heels of the scarey spider thread, etc...<br><br>
I use plain old silicone spray on wasp nests, siders, and anything else that I don't want around our family ((well, I don't use it on religious door-to-door folks, but it IS tempting!)).<br><br>
DW-40 works, too, but the silicone knocks 'em dead right away.<br><br>
It is cheaper than commercial bug sprays, and it doesn't smell, either.<br><br>
A spray bottle of a little ammonia mixed with water will do away with hornets, too.<br><br>
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Oh, I thought you were talking about on-the-body insect repellant sprays. You know, like instead of DEET stuff.<br><br>
But okay, this is good, too ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And if anyone has something powerful yet not-so-poisonous-to-humans for NYC cockroaches ... would be most pleased to be informed ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 

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moving this to Healthy Home forum<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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Silicone spray is used as an all-purpose lubricant for most things you would normally use DW-40 on. You find it in the hardware section of any discount-type store.<br><br>
What do you use it for????<br><br>
Well, you DID ask..................<br><br>
We've always used it to lubricate the tracks our garage door runs on, and for squeaky hinges on doors in the house. It doesn't drip and stain like DW-40 can. It is great for the tracks on vertical blinds and on window sashes. I've also used it on the rubber seals around the car doors and windows (keeps them ice-free). And, it is great when sprayed lightly on a kids swingset slide and underside of a toboggan-type sled (wheeeeeeeeeee!). When sprayed on your snow shovel, the snow won't stick. We spray it on the roof of our boat shelter (heavy vinyl over steel bars) and the snow slides right off on its own!<br><br>
Basically, anywhere you don't want anything running rough or squeaking or sticking!<br><br>
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HELP!!! I just woke up and found my kitchen taken over by ants. I hate the thought of using Raid in the kitchen with a 6 month old baby in the house - does anyone have a good natural ant spray??<br><br>
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Bumping, 'cause we have ants, too!
 

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I'll go ahead and answer my own question since you're interested, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> BTW, I got these ideas from Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan.<br><br>
To kill the ants, use a spray bottle with soapy water - peppermint scented is even better.<br><br>
For keeping ants out of the house:<br>
- find where they are coming in and plug the hole with petroleum jelly, or permanently seal it with a caulking gun.<br>
- peppermint scented water can be sprayed as a deterrent<br>
- give them food outside so they won't want to come in the house - try to redirect any trails going to the house<br>
- wipe a cotton ball soaked in peppermint oil across ant trails<br><br>
If you know where the nest is, boiling soapy water poured on the nest will kill them. Plain cold water on the nest will force them out to find a new home.<br><br>
HTH!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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Thanks, Jane!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ,<br>
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Thanks, Jane!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ,<br>
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mean green or simple green (the spray cleaner) kills ants nicely. I believe that the soap is what is key...(it dissolves the exoskeloton of the bug. ) plus wiping the surface removes the trail they leave as a road map for their friends. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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